NEW PADDLER INFORMATION

FAQs

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

For the Sprint group, (made up of Development/Juniors and High-Performance teams) coach Connor 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/

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.

When you set up a paddle bag, it should contain: Towel, a change of clothes, a light jacket, water, a snack that doesn't spoil, a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses. The water on a sunny day can strain their eyes. Always a full fresh water bottle.

Although life jackets (PFDs) are supplied, it is usually best for the athlete to have their own.

You will get detailed information about all of them in advance. The Coach details the location, times, fees, and boat transport ahead of time.

We suggest you bring one beach chair per person, extra towels and drinking water. Change of clothes for the athlete and a warm hoodie. Most regattas the athletes and families attending coordinate communal food for the athletes. If you are bringing food to contribute, then make sure it is in a container with your name on it.

We like to bring binoculars because the races are far out on the water.

Regattas are fun for everybody as there is a 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!

If you bring younger siblings it can be a long day for them, so beach toys or games for little people is a good idea.

The athletes must wear racing singlets in competition. The club has spares, but it is better to order a personal one. Also, the club offers apparel (hats, t-shirts, hoodies and tank tops) with the club logo on them. Inquire with the coach or at the general email address.

Out of town regattas we attend races hosted by other clubs. You will receive information well in advance with all the details. Know the category of your athlete to assess if they are expected to attend. Ask the coach if you aren’t sure.

We are so glad you asked. The face of our club is Connor Fehr, our head coach. We have a board of directors who volunteer and handle the operations of the club. Here are the important contacts:

Coach Connor: Your primary contact for practice and participation questions fckccoach@gmail.com

Commodore Inga Kruse: Any questions, feedback or anything on your mind: commodorefckc@gmail.com

General inquiries: fortcanoekayak@gmail.com and our phone number is: 778-872-2652

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 have the correct coaching certifications in accordance with their responsibilities. They also have motor boat licenses and criminal record checks. The board of directors also have criminal record checks in place. Our club carries liability insurance and athlete injury coverage, it is paid for with your dues.

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!

We try to communicate regularly and send emails to all members. If you don’t read them, you may miss out. Hard working staff and volunteers are in the background building a great club and providing opportunities for athletes so please pitch in, read and help out.

The paddle sport dock where practices are held is community space and shared among may people. Athletes should be respectful and clean up after themselves. This is true of the boathouse especially, it is to be kept tidy.

At regattas the coach will let everybody know when they need to be there, and when they are racing. Being late or missing a race start has consequences for all athletes, especially team boat races can be scratched.

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

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

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!