Chinook Racing Canoe Club

Chinook Racing Canoe Club



About Chinook


Welcome to Victoria’s Sprint Canoe Kayak club located on the Gorge waterway.  We teach your children safe, active and fun paddling. Chinook has the only certified Comp Dev paddling coach in Victoria, which means our paddlers can also choose competitive programming, towards national, international and Olympic competition.


Chinook Coaches


Our coaches are certified through Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in CanoeKids Community, Entry Level Competitive (ELCC), and advanced Competitive Development coaching; with criminal record checks, first aid training and safety boat operator licenses. Our Development Coach has been the Head Paddling Coach for Zone 6 (Vancouver Island) at the last two BC Summer Games.


Chinook Goals


  • affordably introduce our paddle sport to children and youth in the community
  • provide fun opportunities for increased physical literacy and activities out in nature and on water
  • progressive programming and knowledgeable coaching towards skill enhancement
  • level-appropriate coaching from recreational to high performance


Chinook Board & Members


We are a members-run club.  Our Board is comprised of community parents who volunteer to lead our club.  Our performance paddlers include medalists and champions, Team BC, Canada Games, Jr/Sr National Development Team and Jr Worlds athletes.


Chinook Values


  • effective informed leadership and knowledgeable coaching
  • the principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)
  • the principles of True Sport, mentorship, esprit de corps and volunteerism
  • safety and respect for individuals, equipment, and in our communication
  • a club culture of integrity and best practices
  • camaraderie and a sense of belonging


Chinook Programs


Chinook provides level-appropriate coaching, sprint canoes, sprint kayaks and paddles, multiple paddling disciplines (outrigger, dragon boat, SUP), safety boats and equipment, PFDs, dock facilities, public washrooms, waterfront gym access, and private boat storage when available.  Our spring/summer intake is April 1st while fall/winter cross-training and weights for advanced programs begins  October 1st of each year.


 

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Reviews of Chinook Racing Canoe Club


June 9, 2017

Both of my sons began paddling with Chinook in 2012 when the club started and both had very positive experiences. My youngest was successful at Trials last month, making it on to Team BC for Canada Summer Games 2017. It's been such a pleasure to have these guys enjoying the outdoors and having a blast with the friends they've made with other great kids right from Recreational to Competitive. It's the only Sprint Canoe Kayak club in Victoria and their coaches are respected and top notch. I couldn't recommend Chinook highly enough especially if you've got younger kids who want to paddle and you want them to learn to paddle safely.

By: Clifton Cann on June 9, 2017
Both of my sons began paddling with Chinook in 2012 when the club started and both had very positive experiences. My youngest was successful at Trials last month, making it on to Team BC for Canada Summer Games 2017. It's been such a pleasure to have these guys enjoying the outdoors and having a blast with the friends they've made with other great kids right from Recreational to Competitive. It's the only Sprint Canoe Kayak club in Victoria and their coaches are respected and top notch. I couldn't recommend Chinook highly enough especially if you've got younger kids who want to paddle and you want them to learn to paddle safely.



June 9, 2017

Chinook is a wonderful club! Three of my kids paddle with Chinook and they all love it. Seeing them have fun, compete, and make friends from other clubs all over the province has been amazing to see. They train hard but they also have tons of fun and I couldn't ask for anything better than that.

By: Nicole Nyvall on June 9, 2017
Chinook is a wonderful club! Three of my kids paddle with Chinook and they all love it. Seeing them have fun, compete, and make friends from other clubs all over the province has been amazing to see. They train hard but they also have tons of fun and I couldn't ask for anything better than that.



June 9, 2017

Chinook is an amazing club that offers both rec and competitive classes to suit all students! I would recommend Chinook to any of my friends or family.

By: Kelsey Moore on June 9, 2017
Chinook is an amazing club that offers both rec and competitive classes to suit all students! I would recommend Chinook to any of my friends or family.



June 9, 2017

Chinook is an amazing club that offers a unique and exciting sport for kids to try!

By: Lydia Keefe Sampson on June 9, 2017
Chinook is an amazing club that offers a unique and exciting sport for kids to try!






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