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Welcome to The Waterloo Paddling Club

Kitchener-Waterloo region's first multidisciplinary paddling club.

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About The Waterloo Paddling Club

The Waterloo Paddling Club (WPC) is a growing club that was founded in 2013 by Ricky Tjandra and Evan Trafford, former University of Waterloo students who loved to paddle and wanted to spread the various disciplines of paddling to the community. WPC's primary focus is dragon boat and outrigger canoeing, with plans to expand activities to include sprint canoe/kayaking, marathon, stand-up paddling as well as white water. WPC aims to become Kitchener-Waterloo region's first multidisciplinary paddling club.

Programs

The club offers a variety of programs for the Kitchener-Waterloo community, ranging from recreational to high-performance racing. WPC also supports the University of Waterloo Dragon Boat Club’s (UWDBC) student racing programs.

Experience

WPC’s members include beginners all the way to international athletes. The club as a whole has been very successful in the paddling world, capturing national and international titles in dragon boat racing.

Affiliations

WPC maintains affiliations with most governing bodies of paddling sports in Canada. Currently, WPC is a member of Dragon Boat Canada (DBC), Ontario Sprint Canoe Racing Affiliation (OCSRA), and the Western Ontario Division (WOD) of Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC).

Facilities

The WPC is fortunate to have our own practice site and equipment storage, courtesy of the Grand River Conservation Area (GRCA), at the Laurel Creek Conservation Area in Waterloo, ON. We currently have 3 dragon boats, outrigger canoes, flatwater kayaks, as well as a full stock of paddles and life jackets.

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Leaders in the paddling community!

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Our Programs

We offer a multitude of teams that fit all ages and skill level. From the novice paddler to international competitors, you're sure to find a program that suits you!

Dragon Boat Paddling

 

Community Team:

The community recreation program offers a fun introduction to the sport of dragon boat racing, paddlers of all skill levels are welcome! Fundamental technique will be taught and participants will race in a minimum of 1 regatta. All of the equipment (paddles, PFDs, etc.) will be supplied by the WPC. The program is designed around the following principles:

  • Fun
  • Healthy, active living
  • Fitness

Minimum age: 18

2017 season session dates and program cost are to be determined.  Typically this team runs two sessions (May – June and July – September) and paddlers can sign up for one or both sessions.

Sign up here to receive updates about the Community Team’s schedule and sign-up.  For more information email info@waterloopaddlingclub.com.

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Breast Cancer Survivors (BCS) Team:

Dragon boat has been shown to provide many physical and psychological benefits for breast cancer survivors by providing an enthusiastic team atmosphere and an exciting physical challenge.

The Breast Cancer Survivors (BCS) program offers dragon boat racing instruction for survivors of breast cancer. Our BCS team welcomes all participants of all ages and abilities! Participants will compete in a minimum of 2 regattas. All of the equipment (paddles, PFDs, etc.) will be supplied by the WPC.

Contact Email: bcs@waterloopaddlingclub.com

Minimum age: 18

May 2 (Weather Permitting) – Mid September 2017, practices Tuesdays and  Thursdays 6.30-8 pm

Cost: 2017 season session dates and program cost are to be determined.

For more information please contact bcs@waterloopaddlingclub.com or fill out our sign-up form here

C Dragons (All Cancer & Supporters) Team :

The C Dragons program offers dragon boat racing instruction for all cancer survivors and all cancer supporters. Our C Dragons team welcomes all participants of all ages and abilities! Participants will compete in a minimum of 2 regattas. All of the equipment (paddles, PFDs, etc.) will be supplied by the WPC.

Minimum age: 18

May 2 (Weather Permitting) – Mid September 2017, practices are Mondays Evenings 6:30 pm – 8 pm and  Saturday Mornings 9-10:30 am

2017 season session dates and program cost are to be determined.

For more information please contact css@waterloopaddlingclub.com or fill out our sign-up form here

High School Field Trip Program:

The high school field trip program will give high-school students a fun introduction to the sport of dragon boat racing!  Participants will be taught the basic techniques of paddling with some fun activities. All of the equipment (paddles, PFDs, etc.) will be supplied by the WPC.

For more information please contact highschool@waterloopaddlingclub.com

University:

We run our competitive university/Under-24 program under a partnership with the University of Waterloo Dragon Boat Club. This program is open to every University of Waterloo student and no experience is necessary! For more information please visit the UWDBC website Here.

 

Stand-Up Paddling (SUP)

Lessons:

Starting June 1, we will offer a 2-week intro-to-SUP course designed to give basic balance, paddling and steering proficiency on a SUP. The course covers:

  1. Basic balance on a SUP
  2. Proper SUP paddling technique
  3. Proper steering and maneuvering technique
  4. Introduction to SUP as a fitness tool

Each session is 1.5 hours in length including warm-up, cool down and time on the water. No experience or equipment is necessary!

Cost: $80 for non-members, $50 for members and students.

Rentals:

We also offer SUP rentals for more experienced paddlers or paddlers that want more time on the water after the 4-week course.

Cost:

Members (individuals who have taken the 2-week course or have enrolled in a dragon boat program this season) – $25/hour, $15 per hour after the first OR $60 if you book 4 hours at once. Email us for weekend rentals!

Non-members – $50/hour, $20 per hour after the first or $95 for 4 hours.

 

 

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Photo Gallery

Check out some highlights of our most recent season below.

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Community Team at Stratford 2016

Community Team at Stratford 2016

Community team paddling their hearts out Fanshawe 2016.

Community team paddling their hearts out Fanshawe 2016.

Community Ready To Launch Team Pride BCS Team Photo Stratford 2016

Getting race ready

Getting race ready

P1000656 Practice at Laurel Creek

 

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Waterloo Paddling Club Calendars

University of Waterloo Dragon Boat Calendar

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Our Services

Please contact us at info@waterlopaddlingclub.com for quotes!

Dragon Boat Rentals

We have three dragon boats at your disposal. They are available to rent with or without coach/steersperson.

Coaching

Have a team but need a coach? We can provide high level coaching to prep your team for that next big race.

Team Building

School field trip, corporate team building, or leadership course? We can provide a great day of fun in and out of the boats.

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Mail
5-420 Erb Street West
Suite 421
Waterloo, ON  N2L 6K6