NEW PADDLER INFORMATION

Frequently Asked Questions

No, if you are registered in one of our programs, you are able to use club boats, paddles, PFDs and exercise equipment.

For Sprint Athletes, (made up of Development/Juniors and High-Performance teams) our coach sends out a practice schedule and update to parents and athletes every Sunday. These are important reading to keep up with what is happening.

If you are on Facebook, please join our private group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/FCKCfamilies/

Contact our coach at fckccoach@gmail.com

Observers are always welcome at practices, and definitely at regattas! The dock from which we launch is a public dock, so please don’t be shy about coming down and watching.

For Paddling practices: Paddle bag should contain: towel, change of clothes, light jacket, water, snack, hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. The water on a sunny day can strain paddlers' eyes.

Although life jackets (PFDs) are supplied, feel free to bring your own.

Athletes should also be prepared for running around outside and/or working out in the gym.

Boat races, or "regattas", are typically held during the spring and summer.

You will get detailed information about the location, times, fees, and boat transport ahead of time from the Coach.

We suggest you bring one beach chair per person, extra towels, drinking water, a change of clothes for the athlete and a warm hoodie. We like to bring binoculars because the races are far out on the water. Bring beach toys or games for younger siblings, as it can be a long day for them.

Families often coordinate communal food. An email will go out ahead of time.

Regattas are fun for everybody as there is great team spirit, and like other fan clubs, we cheer for all the athletes. As the races go for a day or two, plan to settle in and get to know the other parents. It is fun!

Racing Singlets: Athletes must wear racing singlets in competitions. Athletes typically order their own in the Spring, but the club has spares. FCKC also often offers Logo apparel (e.g., hats, t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops). To see what we currently have, inquire with the coach or at the general email address.

Out of town regattas: All athletes have the opportunity to attend regattas hosted by other clubs, typically in the Lower Mainland, but occasionally in other parts of BC. High Performance Athletes have the opportunity to attend National Regattas. Athletes receive information well in advance with all the details.  Ask the coach if you aren’t sure.

We are so glad you asked.

The face of our club is our Head Coach. We are a not for profit organization, run by a board of volunteer members who act as directors and handle club operations.

Important contacts can be found here:

General inquiries: fortcanoekayak@gmail.com

Head Coach and coaching staff are your primary contacts for practice and participation questions email fckccoach@gmail.com

Find contact information for members our current Board here.

We have a comprehensive safety manual for our club that all coaches and athletes are expected to follow. If it has not been given to you, please ask for it.

All coaches are required to have the correct coaching certifications in accordance with their responsibilities, motor boat licenses and criminal record checks. Members of our Board of Directors and Club Volunteers also have criminal record checks conducted. Our club carries liability insurance and athlete injury coverage which is paid for through each Club's yearly individual participant insurance.

We occasionally hold club meetings for parents/guardians and athletes to discuss important club items. We are always looking for the special talents of our amazing member to help out. We have volunteer opportunities in the areas of equipment maintenance, board positions, fundraising rock stars, bookkeeping, or any other talents you want to share.

It is worth noting that we are partnered with our sister club, Fort Langley Canoe Club. They specialize in different areas of paddle sports. They have divisions for Dragon Boats, OC Kayaks and Voyageur Canoes. Between our clubs, we have everything you could want to do on the water with a paddle!

Member Etiquette:

We try to communicate regularly and send emails to all members to keep everyone updated. Our members are great about reading these emails and pitching in to help out. They know that hard working staff and volunteers are in the background building a great club and providing opportunities for our athletes.

Practice Etiquette:

Please let your coach know if you are going to be late or away for a practice.

Dock etiquette:

As athletes carrying boats can’t always navigate a crowd safely, please ensure you stay clear of athletes if you are on the dock.

The paddle sport dock, where practices are held, is community space and shared by many people. We ask athletes to please be respectful to others and keep the area clean.

Regatta Etiquette:

Your coach will let everybody know when they need to be at races. For regattas, being late or missing a race start time will result in the athlete's boat being scratched from the race. This has consequences for all athletes, especially your teammates in a team boat. As well, athletes can be charged a scratch fee by the race organizers for missing a race.

This sport is a very positive environment, and our members, coaches and athletes are wildly enthusiastic and supportive. We compete hard and cheer loudly.

All members are respectfully requested to read and follow the Fort Canoe and Kayak Code of Conduct posted here.

Coming into a group of people is sometimes challenging, especially for youngsters. Those of us already in as members promise that we will make new athletes and family welcome. Introduce yourself to other parents at practices and regattas, attend meetings and hear what is going on. We are happy to have you.

Have questions? You can get anything answered, just let somebody know what you are wondering. fortcanoekayak@gmail.com

Welcome on behalf of our Coach and Board of Directors!