FGPC OFFERS OUTRIGGER PROGRAMS, clinics and events for novice, recreational and competitive paddlers. Outrigger canoe crews consist of six paddlers, with a “stroke” paddler in seat one and a “stern” paddler in seat six.

Outrigger paddlers seek out and adapt to a variety of water and weather conditions in order to achieve maximum hull speed and “glide.” With an experienced stern and paddling crew, outriggers can surf and manoeuvre in protected waters and the open ocean.

Here’s a look at the spring/summer programs at the FGPC, the home of “Cold Water Ohana,” the club’s extended family of outrigger paddlers of all skills and abilities.

The Spring/Summer season runs from 1 April 2018 through 31 August 2018.

  • Tel: 778.432.3472
  • E: info@fgpaddle.com

Spring/Summer Coached Outrigger Programs 2018

FGPC Recreational  (2 April through 29 August) 

FCPC-webmockups-REC-200pxCost: $365 for 3X weekly; $290 for 2X weekly; $200 for 1X weekly; including gym change room/day lockers /shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club !).

Coaches: John Thomas, Howie Ballantyne

Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.30-7pm and Sundays from 12:00-2:00pm.

A fun and supportive environment for paddlers who enjoy paddling outrigger canoes. While participants will have opportunities to race, the focus is on building skills and enjoying time on the water. Practice times are Mondays and Wednesdays, 5.30-7pm and Sundays from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Pricing options are available for participants to choose to paddle either three days per week or two days.

Interested in joining the program? Click here to begin the process: complete this online form


FGPC Daytime Recreational (3 April through 31 August)

Cost: $290.00 for 2X weekly; $200.00 for 1X weekly; including gym change room/day lockers /shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers (an option available to outrigger club program paddlers – see the FGPC office for details).  FCPC-webmockups-REC-200px

Coaches: Brian Neill, John Lavryssen

Tuesdays and Fridays, 12pm to 2pm

For non-9-to-5ers and retired people who want to challenge themselves with progressive distances, from protected waters to middle distance (10km) open water pieces.  We will include some drills and technique training in our sessions and will feature guest coaches once in a while to up our game.

The pricing options include gym change room/day lockers /shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club!)

Interested in joining the program? Click here to begin the process: complete this online form


FGPC Intermediate (3 April through 28 August)

FCPC-webmockups-IM-200pxCost: $365.00 for 3X weekly; including gym change room/day lockers / shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club!).

Coaches: Andrea Pleven, Patrick Linden

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30pm and Saturday mornings from 9:00am-11:00am.

For paddlers who want to train and race outrigger canoes but can’t commit to the more consuming requirements of the competitive program. The focus will be on competing in races across Vancouver Island throughout the spring and summer, with an off-island goal race during the summer. Intermediate OC sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8.30pm and Saturday mornings from 9am-11am. All competitive candidates must contact the paddling program coordinator prior to enrolment in this program. Call or email info@fgpaddle.com for details.

NOTE for new and returning registrants: registration in the Intermediate Outrigger program requires authorization from the program’s coaches for all new paddlers. For paddlers new to the program, please complete the registration form and we will set up a meeting between you and the program coaches.  Click here to begin the process: complete this online form

 


FGPC Outrigger for Dragonboaters (5 April through 30 August)

FCPC-webmockups-OCDB-200pxCost: $200; including gym change room/day lockers /shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club!).

Coach: Marcus Krieger / Matt Tancon

Practices on Saturdays from 11:00am – 1:00pm

For the dedicated dragon boat racer who wants to stay fit and hone their on-water skills with additional training days to complement their dragon boat training.

NOTE for new and returning registrants: Registration requires authorization from the program’s coaches for all new paddlers. For paddlers new to the program, please complete the registration form and we will set up a meeting between you and the program coaches.  Click here to begin the process: complete this online form

 


FGPC Gorge Outrigger Competitive Program (3 April through 30 August)

FCPC-webmockups-COMP-200pxCost: $365 including Catalyst Gym change room/day lockers /shower access; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club!)

Head Coach: Laci Bujdos
Dry Land Training Coach: Adam Black

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30pm to 7pm, Sundays from 8:30am to 12:30 pm. Optional gym (dry land training) on Wednesdays from 7 pm to 8:30 pm in Spring/Summer months. Full attendance plus additional small boat and dry land training are expectations of this program.

The FGPC Gorge Outrigger Competitive Program attends races throughout the province and the Pacific Northwest and typically attends one or two major international races per year. Participants are expected to train a minimum of two to three times per week in crew boats, as well as independent OC1 training. All competitive candidates must contact the paddling program coordinator prior to enrolment in this program. Call 778.432.3472 or email info@fgpaddle.com for details.

NOTE for new and returning registrants:  requires authorization from the program’s coaches for all new paddlers. For paddlers new to the program, please complete the registration form and we will set up a meeting between you and the program coaches.  Click here to begin the process: complete this online form.


Simply Rec Outrigger Program

A program for those who are looking for a casual Friday morning paddle. Originally a dragon boat crew, Simply Rec has taken to the distance oriented nature of outrigger canoes. In this program you will learn the basics of the outrigger stroke, and how to work as a crew to safely navigate the Gorge waterway and Victoria Inner Harbour. Huli drills will be completed this summer. No races are scheduled for this program.

Complete this form to get more information or register.


FGPC Independent Outrigger Programs (1 April through 31 August)

FGPC hosts two independent programs that consider additional paddlers at the beginning of each season.

Lima Mahina” is an outrigger program for paddlers of all ages and abilities. The program trains 2x per week (paddlers must choose two of three available days) for a cost of $190 plus GST (NB: does NOT include shower, change-room or dry-land training facilities).

The “Aloha Paddlers” program is a group of 55+ paddlers that train on Tuesdays and Fridays for a cost of $220 + GST (and this program includes shower and change-room facilities; full gym training program schedule available to paddlers for the winter / summer seasons (a new option to 12-month program paddlers – ask for details at the club!). Click here to request more information about these programs: complete this online form.

 


NOTE: club-wide “huli drills” are required by all paddlers, generally in the later summer / early fall of each year.  Each program, paddler and crew must record a successful huli drill with designated FGPC staff. Ask program coaches or boathouse staff about scheduled dates. For independent programs, please book with the office soon to get these done during during warm weather.



FGPC FREE Learn-to-Outrigger (schedules TBA)

  • Cost: FREE – inquire by phone or email for schedule information.
  • Want to try outrigger canoeing in relaxed, 1.5 hour free classes? The Fairway Gorge Paddling Club hosts free coached sessions available to the public and
    club members during in September of each year. All instructors, paddles and PFDs (“life jackets”) are provided.

    Bring your enthusiasm and willingness to try new things! Enrolments are limited to 25 participants per session. Advance registration is required; call 778.432.3472 to secure your spot.  All ages (13+) welcome. All participants must sign digital waivers, provided to you when you register. Only one session per paddler, please, to make room for others.

    These sessions are designed to give non-paddlers and dragon boat paddlers who are curious about outrigger the chance to try the sport in a fun and safe environment. Participants who wish to continue can join FGPC’s summer recreational and / or fall OCDB outrigger programs.

  • Participants will be taught the basics of the stroke, seat roles, crew blend and huli recovery.
  • All participants must register in advance. Contact the office at 778.432.3472 to secure your spot.

 


Small boat storage

2018 Personal Boat Storage: limited personal boat storage spaces come available occasionally. Please call the boathouse 778.432.3472 to be wait-listed for small boat storage space.

 

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