Novice/early stages: U11-U15

RACING INTRODUCTION (RI) is for the newest youth members of our club. Many of our younger RI paddlers come directly from our Canoe Kids program. Our older RI members are joining the sport a little later. RI is designed to help these new competitive paddlers develop their technique and skills. We have three different sections of Racing Intro in 2024. RI runs from Monday through Thursday from 1pm to 3pm, and RI 2 (Mon/Wed) and 3 (Tues/Thurs) are our evening RI groups running from 5:30-7:00pm. All groups include significant oversight and hands-on instruction. All groups are SUMMER ONLY (no spring or fall hours).

This is our FUNdamentals stage where we emphasize the overall development of a child’s physical capacities, fundamental movement skills including agility, balance, coordination and speed.
All RHCC programs require swimming ability: Lifesaving Society Swim Levels Swimmer 5 or Red Cross Level 6.

Section 1

U12 – U15

July 2 – August 15
Mon – Thurs


Section 2

U12 – U15

July 3 – August 14
 Mon/ Wed


Section 3

U12 – U15

July 2 – August 15
5:30 – 7:00pm




  • Participants will learn to paddle singles (Kl, Cl), and, if there are no COVID restrictions, doubles {K2, C2), fours (K4, C4), and War Canoe (ClS)
  • The Head Coach will determine when paddlers are ready to join higher skilled groups
  • There will be ongoing evaluation of skill level throughout the program
  • Consists of on and off water practices (running shoes required)
  • All RHCC programs are led by qualified coaches
  • 2-3 Intra club races will be held in which to participate