Adult Programs (Fall/Winter)

Introduction to Kayaking

This course will teach you all the basics of kayaking in a safe environment. The skills you develop in this course will help to prepare you for outdoor experiences whether it be on flat water or moving water. We go over the necessary gear and how to fit yourself in the equipment. You will learn the different types of strokes to help you maneuver your kayak safely in still and moving water. You will get more comfortable with your edges and being able to direct your kayak forwards, backwards, sideways. You will learn some river safety and how to manage getting in and out of eddies. We usually incorporate some kayak polo or playing with a ball at the end of the classes for fun and further practice on figuring out how to maneuver your boat.

We recommend this as the first course to take if you are new to kayaking. We do not focus on rolling in this course. Please inquire about our rolling/bracing course that is offered if there is enough interest.

We supply all the paddling equipment: kayak, paddle, spray deck, PFD.

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre
What: Novice adult introduction to kayaking course

Cost: $180 (+$35 adult membership)


Dates:

  • Round 1 Thursdays: (8:30PM – 10:00PM)
    • Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14
  • Round 2 (Sundays: 7:30PM – 9:00PM)
    • Oct 24, Nov 7, 14, 21
  • Round 3 Thursdays (8:30PM – 10:00PM)
    • Nov 18, 25, Dec 2, 9

A couple things you should know for your first lesson:

  1. Equipment: we provide all the gear for you to participate in kayaking (kayak, paddle, PFD, spray deck.) But some items you should bring are: bathing suit and towel. Items you could bring depending on your personal comfort: water bottle, rash guard, long stretchy pants (spandex or neoprene). 
  2. Due to the pandemic, we will be following proper hygiene and distancing protocols throughout the lesson.

Looking forward to seeing you at our lessons!

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Adult Intermediate Course

If you have completed the intro course and want to hone your skills, this course is for you.  The focus will be on stroke improvement and learning to link together the different strokes. Becoming more comfortable with turning and building the skills to pivot will also be components of this course. We will go over all the strokes that are required to do an eddy turn on the river. Your ability to do a rear rudder will also be worked on as this is a basic skill for keeping straight, surfing, or playing polo. Building on balance, stability, hip flicks, and bracing will also be part of this course offering.

We supply all the paddling equipment: kayak, paddle, spray deck, PFD.

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Cost: $120 (+$35 adult membership)


Dates:

  • Round 1 Tuesdays: (8:00PM – 9:00PM)
    • Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12
  • Round 2 (Tuesdays: 8:00PM – 9:00PM)
    • Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

Adult Rolling & Bracing Course

Learn how to brace and roll a kayak in a warm and safe environment. We expect the participants to have some basic kayaking experience in order to get the full benefits of this course. If you are new to the sport of kayaking, we recommend our adult intro course prior to taking this rolling course.

All equipment is supplied, but some nose plugs and maybe some swimming goggles may be useful since a lot of time is spent under water.

We supply all the necessary paddling equipment: kayak, paddle, spray deck, PFD.

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre
Dates: Sunday, Sept 12, 19, 26, Oct 3

Time: 7:30PM – 8:30PM

Cost: $150 (+$35 annual membership)

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

POLO COURSES

Adult Intro to Polo

Do you want to improve your kayak fitness and skills in a fun competitive way? Or do you just want to learn the basics of canoe polo? Then this course is for you! The focus will be on kayaking skills for the purpose of playing canoe polo.  After a brief introduction to the sport and some safety rules, we will be racing up and down the pitch. You will develop paddling skills like turning, stopping and staring quickly, going backwards, draw-strokes, and much more. In addition, you will also develop some ball handling and throwing skills all with the goal of scoring some goals! We do recommend that you have at least some basic kayaking experience prior to taking this course.

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Cost: $120 (+$35 annual membership)

Dates:

  • Round 1 Tuesdays: (9:00PM – 10:00PM)
    • Sept 21, 28, Oct 5, 12
  • Round 2 Tuesdays: (9:00PM – 10:00PM)
    • Oct 19, 26, Nov 2, 9

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

Adult Intermediate Polo

This course builds on our teaching from the intro course. The focus will be on drills that will improve your personal and team skills. We will also practice game strategy working on both offensive and defensive strategies.And each night we will put these skills to use by playing scrimmages. The only prerequisite is an ability to kayak and a desire to play the sport of canoe polo!

Where: Kinsmen Sports Centre

Cost: $120 (+$35 adult membership)

Dates: Tuesdays: Nov 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Time: 9:00PM – 10:00PM

To register for lessons, please click here to become a member. After registering, you will be able to sign up for lessons through your online account.

Drop In Sessions

Drop in Polo Nights

On Thursday nights, we run drop in polo sessions from 8:30PM – 10:30PM. These sessions tend to bring out our more advanced polo players, but we are happy to try and integrate paddlers who are interested in playing some kayak polo. For these drop-in sessions, you should have kayaking experience (ie. you have taken an intro course with us or have other experiences that have given you the skills/comfort to kayak independently.) If you have some kayaking skills, but you would like a more formal intro to the sport, then come check out our intro polo courses that run on Tuesdays.

Cost: Payment options can be found here.

EWP membership is required to paddle and to use the club equipment..

Membership payment must be made before getting on the water.

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Canoe Kayak Polo

EWP provides the opportunity to get involved in the exciting team sport known as Canoe (Kayak) Polo at any age and competition level. Members can transition to polo from our various lessons, and the club hosts several opportunities to drop in and play or participate in tournaments throughout the year. EWP is the premier Canoe Polo club in Canada. Click the button below to find out more.

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