INTRO TO COMP/HP:
Session 1: Oct 13 – Dec 1
Session 2: Dec 8 – Feb 9 (no class Dec 29 or Jan 5)
Session 3: Mar 2 – May 4 (no class Mar 30 or Apr 6)
(each session consists of 8 classes for $110/participant)
Session 1: Oct 13 – Jan 12 (no class Dec 29 or Jan 5)
Session 2: Jan 19 – May 4 (no class Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 30, Apr 6)
(each session consists of 12 classes for $200/family)
Local SWKC club member Ben Lapointe and U of S club member Kendra Worman both competed in Austin Texas Oct 19 – 21 with the Edmonton Crunch Polo team and placed 2nd overall.
Considering a 33+hr drive down the team had a fantastic finish.
Every Saturday starting October 13th at the YMCA.
We are offering an Instructed Development course from 5-6pm.
As well from 6-7pm family paddling.
To register please contact email@example.com
Stay Safe Out There
Thoughts from Brendan Curson, Head Coach and Program Director, Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club
As a coach we do everything we can to prepare our athletes and paddlers to reach their goals. We encourage our athletes to strive for their best and sometimes even give a gentle nudge when required to push them through that comfort zone in order to expand their tool bag of skills. As coaches we also drill into our athletes the importance of safety and ensure they are prepared for any situation they encounter. Our goal as coaches is to make our athletes shine in the spotlight and quietly sit on the side of the river watching them as they reach for greatness. Just like a family, our athletes eventually leave the protection of the nest and reach out into new and more exciting directions. At this point all we can do is sit back, encourage, and allow them to find their own way.
This weekend, our small community lost one of our shining stars. Peter Thompson was one of those one-in-a-million individuals who had the ability to make your world seem just a little brighter. Not only was Peter a tremendous paddler, skier, and outdoor enthusiast, he was also one of the most enthusiastic and caring people you could meet. At the young age of 19 Peter had compiled an incredible list of accomplishments and was only just beginning to find his path in this world.
When I first found out about Peter’s passing on Friday, I was hit with shock and sadness. Now that I have had an opportunity to digest the sad news I am now frustrated and angered by the loss of someone who had not yet reached their full potential in life. As a coach, I can’t help but ask all the usual questions:
- What was the situation?
- Were the boys being safe?
- Were they putting themselves or the camera first?
- Could this have been avoided?
The unfortunate part is that I already know the answer to these questions because coaches like myself and others had spent endless amounts of time helping prepare Peter and paddlers just like him to have the skills to be able to succeed in the paddling realm.
I also can’t help wondering if we as coaches played a part in Peter’s death. We understand that if we don’t teach our athletes the proper skills to succeed that they will seek them elsewhere and not necessarily from the best sources. Probably the most influential and positive source of skill development for Peter was World Class Kayaking School. This program is just that, world class. They have provided opportunities to youth to succeed in every part of their lives for many years and are leaders in developing well rounded and tremendously successful paddlers. But just as I encourage my athletes to reach for their goals, World Class encourage their paddlers to push their limits in order to build their tool bag of skills. In providing Peter with the opportunity to hone his skills on rivers and creeks and encouraging him to always search for something more, did we in some way contribute to him leaving us too early?
The other part of this that I can’t help question is how technology has played into the multiple paddling deaths our small community has endured this past year. Today every athlete in every sport has a video camera and a computer. As coaches, we spend a lot of time watching unbelievable video of our athletes performing tremendous feats of athleticism. Not only do these videos provide amazing entertainment but they show what is possible in the world of sport. At what point though does it all go too far? I have watched some pretty scary footage over the past year of paddlers pushing their limits to what I would consider the extreme in order to capture the best video available. Not only are these videos viewed by thousands online, but they are praised and even awarded for progressing the sport. I can’t help but wonder what the balance of positive and negative influence this technology has on the youth who are also deciding what’s possible.
When it comes down to it, there are always more questions than answers and we do our best to move forward in a positive direction. I will personally miss my friend Peter and choose to be comforted by what he was able to contribute to this world in the short time he was with us. For all the paddlers out there, young and old, I encourage you to BE SAFE out there. Always put yourself first and always listen to the little voice in your head. Remember that you, and only you, know your limits and know when you are capable of pushing those limits or staying within them.
(Peter Thompson instructing at the SWKC Whitewater Camp)
Here are the Full results from National Championships in Valleyfield, QC:
Age Group Slalom Saturday
WOW!!!! Super proud of the Saskatchewan/SWKC athletes competing today at National Championships in Valleyfield, QC!!!!
Kylie Zirk - 13yrs old, 1st Nationals, K1W & C1W Cadet – Silver (2nd) in Downriver Classic, Silver (2nd) in Downriver Sprint, Silver (2nd) in K1W Slalom, and GOLD (1st) in C1W slalom!!! BLING BLING!!!
Jakob Kryworuchko - 11yrs old, 1st Nationals, K1M Cadet – 8th in Slalom (1st in Cub Cadet but not Cub Cadet class this year so racing against 14yr olds)(also raced Downriver Sprint but do not have a result yet)
Ben Lapointe – 15yrs old, 3rd Nationals, K1M & C1M Junior – 14th in Downriver Classic, 12th in Downriver Sprint, 12th in K1M Slalom, and 9th in C1M Slalom. First year Junior so racing against 18yr olds. Unfortunately, Ben’s Junior National Team C2 partner Sam Fletcher injured his shoulder and was unable to paddle C2 with Ben.
Congrats to all the other competitors and many thanks to all the parents, volunteers, and coaches that make our sport so awesome!!!
2012 Registration Package, click here:
- July 9-12: AM – ages 6-10; PM – ages 11-15
- July 16-19: AM – ages 11-15; PM – ages 6-10
- August 13-16: AM – ages 6-10; PM – ages 11-15
- August 20-23: AM – ages 11-15; PM – ages 6-10
A Typical Camp Day:
- 9:00 /1:00 – Meet at designated location
- 9:00-9:30 /1:00-1:30 – Fun Warm Up
- 9:30-10:00 /1:30-2:00 – Unload equipment, get dressed, safety talk
- 10:00-10:45 / 2:00-2:45 – Kayaking
- 10:45-11:00 / 2:45-3:00 – Snack break
- 11:00-11:45 / 3:00-3:45 – Kayaking
- 11:45-noon / 3:45-4:00 – Pack up equipment
- Day #1 – Briarwood Lake
- Day #2 – Victoria Boathouse (South Saskatchewan River)
- Day #3 – Saskatoon Weir for talk, then Circle Drive Bridge (South Saskatchewan River)
- Day #4 – Valley Road (South Saskatchewan River)
What each Participant needs to bring:
- Healthy snack in a ziploc bag
- Swim Suit
- Sun screen
- Bug spray
- Dry Clothes
- Water bottle
- Spray Skirt
In case you missed all the action of SportsNet, you can check out the action here:
Check it out folks. Support your local businesses!!
May 28, 2911
Saskatoon Athlete Named to Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team
Ben Lapointe of Saskatoon has been named to the Canoe Kayak Canada Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team and will represent Canada at the upcoming Junior World Championships to be held this July in Wisconsin. Lapointe and partner Sam Fletcher of British Columbia will compete in C2 (tandem canoe) events at the championships.
Lapointe’s selection was based on results at the Junior National Whitewater Slalom Team Trials held this past weekend in Kananaskis, Alberta. He is the first Saskatchewan athlete ever to be named to a national whitewater slalom team. The 15 year old is a member of the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club, which was founded 3 years ago and is coached by Brendan Curson of Saskatoon.
Two other club members, Kylie Zirk and Maksym Kryworuchko also competed at the Junior National Team Trials. Zirk’s results in C1 (single canoe) events would have qualified her for the team but she is unable to compete at the world championships because she is too young. Earlier in the year Zirk also qualified for the Under 21 National Canoe Polo Team but is unable to compete at the world championships for the same reason. Kryworuchko faced a tough field in the K1 (single kayak) event but had excellent results which bodes well for future team selection.
This was the first time competing at national teams for the 3 athletes. They are all eligible for the junior national team again in 2013.
The Canoe Kayak Canada release can be found at the following link: http://canoekayak.ca/english/newsentry/view/361
Photos are available through Canoe Kayak Canada. The contact information is included in the above release.
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For local information please contact:
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
2012 SWKC Canada Day Family Whitewater Camp
The Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club would like to invite you, your family, and friends to participate in our 4th annual Canada Day Family Whitewater Weekend. Over the past four years this tremendous event has grown into what is now the only truly family centered and instructed whitewater camp in the west.
Based at the Curson Homestead west of Innisfail, Alberta, participants will have the opportunity to paddle on some of central Alberta’s finest whitewater rivers. Beginner, intermediate, and advanced paddling groups allow participants to choose the level at which they are comfortable and top certified instructors work with you to reach your paddling goals.
Curson Homestead – 25kms west of Innisfail, AB
Friday, June 29 through Monday, July 2
Instructor to Student Ratio
SWKC strives to maintain a 5:1 ratio so participants have the best possible learning experience
Individual – $125.00
Family – $125 for the first person; $100 for each additional person
Please RSVP by June 15, 2012 to Jen Kryworuchko at firstname.lastname@example.org
All ages welcome
Has completed an introductory kayak course; No or limited whitewater experience OR uncomfortable on whitewater; No or limited rolling ability
Some experience on whitewater; Can roll 60% of the time; Willing to push yourself to the next step
Competent on Class II/III Whitewater; Solid roll; Willing to push yourself to excel
What you need
All participants are responsible for their own equipment – see equipment list
Participants must provide their own food
Day 2 – Group BBQ at Glennifer Lake South boat launch recreation area
Day 3 – Peter’s Drive-In, Calgary
SWKC Club members will be staying at the Curson Homestead if they choose. There is limited room for additional tenting.
Local Camping includes:
- Red Lodge Provincial Park
- Glennifer Lake Camp Ground/Group Camp
- Innisfail Camp Ground
- James River Camp Ground
10:00 Little Red Deer River – Site 17 to Green Cottonwood Bridge
14:00 Little Red Deer River – Kelly’s Campground to Little Red Deer Road Bridge
10:00 Red Deer River – Dickson Dam to Thompson Ranch
14:00 Red Deer River – Dickson Dam to Thompson Ranch
10:00 Kananaskis River – Canoe Meadows to Rafter’s Six
14:00 Kananaskis River – Canoe Meadows to Rafter’s Six
10:00 Red Deer River – Mad Mile – Double Ledge to Cartier Creek
14:00 Red Deer River – Mad Mile – Double Ledge to Coal Camp Ledge
10:00 Little Red Deer River – Site 17 to Green Cottonwood Bridge
14:00 Red Deer River – Dickson Dam to Thompson Ranch
10:00 North Saskatchewan River – Green Bridge to Briarlies
14:00 North Saskatchewan River – Green Bridge to Briarlies
10:00 Kananaskis River – Canoe Meadows to Rafter’s Six
14:00 Kananaskis River – Widowmaker to Canoe Meadows
10:00 Red Deer River – Mad Mile – Double Ledge to Coal Camp Ledge
14:00 Red Deer River – TBD
10:00 Red Deer River – Mad Mile – Double Ledge to Coal Camp Ledge
14:00 Red Deer River – S-Bend
10:00 North Saskatchewan River – Green Bridge to Briarlies
14:00 North Saskatchewan River – Briarlies
10:00 Kananaskis River – Widowmaker to Canoe Meadows
14:00 Kananaksis River – Widowmaker to Canoe Meadows
10:00 Red Deer River – TBD
14:00 Red Deer River – TBD
Whitewater kayak appropriate to your learning level – if you require help choosing a kayak please ask
Wetsuit OR warm layered paddling clothing (neoprene shorts/pants + rash guard)
Paddling jacket and/or Drytop
Throwbag (advanced group)
Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club will be offering a new set of introductory kayak lessons for families and individual participants!!!! Whether you want to take on the world of whitewater or just want to learn to be safe in a kayak at your cabin, this will be a fun opportunity to get into kayaking in a warm safe environment.
Course runs Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:45pm at the Saskatoon YMCA
Cost for the course is $60
To register please contact Jen or Barry at email@example.com then visit the Programs section of our website to print out a copy of our registration form.
Introduction to Kayaking – Spring has sprung in Saskatoon and it’s time to get ready for the summer lakes and rivers!!! Starting in April, SWKC will be hosting a new Introductory Kayak Course Tuesday nights from 7:30-8:45. This course is a great opportunity for your family members to learn the basics of kayaking and prepare you to take that step into whitewater or give you the skills to be safe on the lake.
Course details and registration to come!!!! Stay tuned!!!!
SWKC Canada Day Whitewater Camp - Canada Day weekend will once again play host to the SWKC Whitewater Camp. This year we will have instruction available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced paddlers!!!
Course details to come!!! Stay tuned!!!
The Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club recently had the opportunity to travel to San Marcos,Texas with athletes from Alberta and the USA to take part in a warm-weather training camp. With National Junior Team Selections looming on the horizon and dreams of attending Junior World Championships this was a perfect opportunity to spend some much needed time on whitewater. In all, 12 athletes and 2 coaches made the 3400 km trek to take advantage of the Texas heat and warm water including SWKC athletes Kylie Zirk and Maksym Kryworuchko, and coach Brendan Curson.
Though the drive there and back was long, the river and weather in San Marcos was worth the trip. The San Marcos River is spring fed and therefore is a beautiful 74 degrees year round. Due to the warm temperature, the river is host to hundreds of protected plants and is the perfect sanctuary for turtles and fish of all kinds. The whitewater site is a man-made facility built off an existing weir in the middle of town. Not only is it the perfect spot to practice kayaking, on hot days it is also a local hangout and filled with people swimming in and above the rapids.
Over the 8 days spent paddling in San Marcos, the kids worked on learning and refining new whitewater and slalom racing skills. Most of this time was spent at the whitewater park focusing on technical skills though various dryland workouts were added throughout to week to help build a larger repertoire of exercises they can continue at home. Coaches Brendan Curson (SK) and Mike Holroyd (AB) also organized two race simulations for the kids with local paddlers to give the athletes an opportunity to measure themselves against eachother and other paddlers their age.
When not paddling, the team spent time lounging in the sun and shopping at a local outlet mall. Much time was also spent chasing turtles and taking video and pictures. Each day, a pair of athletes were also responsible for shopping, cooking all the meals, and keeping the house clean. Being a highly competitive group, the daily routine was also made into a competition where meals and cleanliness were judged every night and awarded accordingly. This competition provided some great entertainment and fabulous meals.
One of the highlights of the trip was spending an afternoon paddling downstream from the course to where the river feeds an irrigation canal and drops over a waterfall!! The team stretched the trip over a full afternoon stopping to play at a small ledge, chasing turtles, and finally spending hours doing laps of the waterfall. athletes and coaches alike had a blast running the falls forwards, backwards, and even without paddles!!
The trip proved to be a tremendous success. Every athlete came home knowing they had gained new skills and feeling much more confident about themselves leading into the final training stretch before National Junior Team Selections.
If you are interested in learning to kayak or joining our great competitive program please visit the SWKC website www.saskwhitewater.wordpress.com and check out our upcoming programs and events.
Registration Forms – Community Kayak Instructor Program Course Information
The Whitewater Division of Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan has 3 Community Kayak Instructor Courses planned for March. The deadline for registration is March 12th, 2012.
This is an exciting new course that is ideal for teachers, lifeguards, high school and university students, youth coordinators, cultural leaders, and any one else interested in instructing people interested in learning basic kayak through a fun and safe progression of skills. The program can be taught in a school or at a lakefront. The attached information give you an overview of the course content, as well as information about dates, fees and how to register.
Please feel free to pass along this information to anyone who you feel would be interested.
If you have any questions about the course please feel to contact me or Brendan Curson who is the learning facilitator for the course. Brendan’s contact information can be found in the attached information. If you would like to know about any of the other coaching courses our organization offers please contact me.
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan
The Subtleties of Safety
Paddling fires us up, especially when rain is coming. I get amped looking at the five day forecast. As a storm rolls east towards the Appalachians the excitement builds. Two days before a big storm, I will start rearranging my schedule, trying to free up time. One day before a big rainfall and I am on fire, the boat is loaded and gear is prepped! When the first raindrops start to fall, I always smile uncontrollably. Watching the shades of Green, yellow and red on the radar as the storm builds is beautiful to me. Much like an art buff would stare at a painting; I will stare at the colors on the radar. I know; I am sick. As the storm pounds, the rainfall gauges start rising. A few hours later and the river gauges rise! While non-paddlers are staying indoors and complaining about the awful rain, I will be stoked, trying to not hydroplane while driving to a put in!
With all of the great emotions swirling around in our heads as we plan and execute a paddling trip it is easy to cut a few corners when it comes to safety. We are all guilty of it. You left your airbags in your other kayak or lost your rope on the last trip and have not gotten the new one in the mail yet. There are a million reasons, good and bad why we are not as prepared as we could be for a paddling trip. But when we start to get amped for whitewater, everything looks promising and the glass is usually half full.
Accidents on the river seem to come in two forms. Pure accidents that nothing could have prevented or a few little mistakes that added up to a bad day or worst.
Personally, my crashes have always been due to making a few small mistakes. Maybe I did not wait for my buddies to set safety or I did not scout a familiar rapid and look for new wood. When the rivers are rising and the blood is pumping, it is easy to cut a corner on safety.
Our sport, as amazing as it is, is certainly not worth dying over. We have got to be as careful as we can out there. The little mistakes can snow ball and create an epic bad day. So, to help me and my buddies be safe I came up with the following list to remind us how subtle being safe can be.
I am sure many of you can improve upon my list so please add what you like and pass it on to newer boaters. This winter is possibly going to be the best creeking we have had in the southeast and as storms bring us record days of paddling we have to be more careful than ever! Charge hard knowing you did not cut corners on safety!
Kayak: 1. Be sure to choose the right boat for the run. Paddling a playboat on a steep creek may be more excitement than you bargained for. 2. Make sure your outfitting is properly adjusted: hip pads, back brace, thigh pads and bulkhead. 3. If your kayak has them, make sure the screws and bolts are tightened. Leaky boats and lose hardware can distract you.
Gear: 4. Wear a properly fitting rescue pfd and know how to use it. 5. Sport a good helmet that fits correctly. Full faces are way less expensive than a dentist! 6. A skirt implosion can ruin a day; does your skirt properly fit? Implosion bars are nice. 7. We all need good river shoes. 8. Having airbags in your boat is showing respect for your buddies. 9. Bring a breakdown paddle or spare hand paddles as a backup. 10. Got to have a throw rope and an easily accessible blunt tipped river knife. 11. Got a whistle on your pfd lapel? Are you wearing an easily viewable watch? 12. Carry a first aid kit, space blanket, head lamp, lighter and fire starter (cotton balls soaked in petroleum jelly). A fire can really warm up a chilled boater. 13. Bring extra food and water. 14. Pin kits are simple (2 locking biners, 2 prusseks and webbing) 15. Attach your safety gear inside your kayak (ropes, spare paddles, first aid kits, etc.) 16. Unfortunately, cell phones have service around rivers now, carry one. 17. Are you dressed for the potential rescue or just for paddling? Drysuits make paddling safer. A drytop and shorts in the winter time or in cold water in the summer, outside of the southeast, is asking for trouble. 18. Do you have a map or knowledge on how to hike out? 19. Take a small boat repair kit (small drybag containing duct tape, vinyl mastic, hand towel and lighter).
Skills: 20. Do you have the paddling skills for the chosen river? 21. Are you physically fit enough for the trip? 22. Can you swim well with your paddle? Can you accurately throw a paddle? Practice. 23. Take WFA, CPR and Swiftwater Rescue Courses. 24. Practice freestyle swimming. It’s good exercise and may shorten a swim. Do you know how to swim in the river, where to swim, where not to? (We’re not talking whitewater swim position here!)
Throw Rope: 25. Make sure you know how to use a rope and practice throwing it. 26. Stuff it properly so it throws well. 27. Wet it before a throw. The water adds weight and produces a better throw. 28. Position yourself strategically before a throw. 29. Practice throwing it multiple times in a row. Make sure you can properly pull it back and throw again quickly if you miss. 30. Always take a rope with you when scouting. 31. Keep your rope in an easily accessible spot in your boat. 32. Don’t leave a stuck throw rope in the river. It can become a hazard. Cut out as much as possible.
Are you prepared? 33. Have you tested your new gear for comfort before hitting the river? Tight drysuit neck gaskets are going to distract you. 34. Plan a prior scouting mission before putting on a new run. Many rivers offer commercial rafting. A raft trip can help you learn lines and get a feel for if you are ready for the run. If it is a creek, try to hike it with no water before paddling. 35. Be aware of the access issues pertaining to the river. Know where to park, follow the rules. 36. Research and memorized the run: consequences, rapids and levels? American Whitewater, the internet and guidebooks are great resources. The more you know the safer you’ll be! 37. Try to get a good night sleep before a big day of boating. 38. Are you providing something to the team? (Logistics, skills, motivation, big shuttle rig). Got to bring something to the party!
Time to paddle: 39. Try to paddle with paddlers you know well. 40. Is the number of paddlers in your group optimal for the run? 3-4 is usually best. 41. Get an early start and do not put on too late. 42. Meet your buddies on time. Waiting on late paddling partners can stress people and rush a trip. 43. Make sure the river level is appropriate for the paddlers. 44. Check the weather forecast to make sure the level will not increase too high. 45. Empathize with your teammate’s weaknesses and strengths. Know their medical histories. 46. If the run is new to you, is there someone in the group who has the skill, knowledge and desire to show you down?
On the River: 47. Always be aware of where your paddling buddies are while on the river. 48. Taking safety breaks may not produce the safest trip. A lot of folks can paddle fine while using drugs, but they might be slower to help you out in an emergency. 49. Try to be considerate and do not rush your buddies or needlessly slow the trip. 50. There is no shame, be willing to portage or hike out of a run if you do not feel it. 51. Follow the golden rule: On the water you are responsible for everyone upstream of you! Stay close and eddy before going too far downstream to aid in a rescue. A good leader will spend more time looking upstream than downstream! Make sure your buddies are clear of the dangers before going downstream!
When deciding to paddle or portage a rapid: 52. When scouting, it is a good idea to recognize the dangers of a rapid before you start looking for your possible lines. 53. Be patient and wait for your team to set proper safety. 54. If you hear your inner voice trying to talk yourself into running a tough rapid by thinking one of the following: “I have made it in the past, it will work out!” or “My buddy made it and I am just as good as he is.” or “I want to paddle the whole run with no portages.” or the famous “This is a once in a lifetime chance, I better do it!”, it may be time to portage. 55. Before committing can you visualize paddling the rapid successfully five times?
Remember, as the great Mr. Ammons stated, “The measure of ones skill is not what you can do at your best, but how good you are at your worst.”
Accidents often occur due to a few small mistakes that snowball into a bad day. Safety is in the details. This list has kept me charging hard for 20 years, I hope it will help paddlers make good decisions. Please add any additions and share with newbies. Thanks and be safe!
Finally, you can look forward to a new Video Magazine, Jackson style, called JKTV. Nick and James Mcbeath schemed over how to do it, and Nick took the reigns. Immediately, Nick recruited Dane to be part of the filming and production team and the two of them took off on the project. You’ll find multiple segments, that include:
Trip Report, Gear Review, Tech Tips, “Indiana James”, Shot of the month, Team Spotlight, Local News, and more…
In this “Episode 1″ you’ll find:
Costa de Oro: Veracruz
Go Pro Hero 2 review
How to Back loop by Emily
Product manager and Fishing/Whitewater team member: Damon Bungard
Indiana James and the “Oranga”
Stephen Wright makes the local news, tonight
Look for this playing at a laptop near you, EACH MONTH!, that is right 1 per month! Awesome!
Check out the new site from SportScene. This is a great resource for all paddlers!!!!
Here is the paddling schedule for the Christmas break:
- Tuesday, Dec 20 – Comp group 7:45
- Thursday, Dec 22 – Comp group 8:45
- Sunday, Jan 8 – Family paddling 6:00
Back to regular schedule
Have a fabulous Christmas break!!!!!
Come check us out at the Saskatoon Sports Council Sports Expo & Showcase on Saturday, August 27 from 10am – 6pm!!! The expo is held at the Sasktel Sports Centre and admission is free!!!
Working on a facility change for our upcoming programming. Will have our fall/winter schedule updated soon!!!
Saskatoon’s new whitewater Feature formed by the South Bridge Project construction!!!
Take a moment this weekend to check out Saskatoon’s newest paddling shop, Think Outside Adventure Company. This is a tremendous little shop located across 19th street from the Farmer’s Market focusing on everything outdoors and offer sales, rentals, tours, and lessons in various outdoor activities. Corey Fisher and his pleasant, knowledgable staff will be happy to assist you in finding whatever you need.
Think Outside is located at 331 Ave A South next to Escape Sports which makes this a great little spot to get all your shopping done. They can be reached at 306-933-9553 or you can follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ThinkAdventure
The Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club is hosting another great Canada Day Whitewater Paddling weekend from July 1-3. Here are the details:
- Based at the Curson household west of Innisfail, AB. Lots of camping room available and no cooking equipment or utensils needed:)
- Friday on the North Saskatchewan River west of Rocky Mountain House
- Saturday on the Red Deer River west of Sundre
- Sunday on the Kananaskis River in Kananaskis Country
- Family fun oriented weekend
- Potluck meals with all participating families or provide your own.
- Price TBA – Instruction fee based on numbers of participation and numbers of instructors.
We would like to invite the Saskatchewan paddlers who would like to attend a fun family oriented whitewater paddling event. If you are interested please contact Brendan Curson at firstname.lastname@example.org and Ron Lapointe at email@example.com
Please pass along this information to those you feel may be interested.
Hope you can join us!!!
SWKC Program Director
Here is the schedule for May and June:
- Saturday – 10-12 – Harry Bailey
- Tuesday/Thursday – 6:30-8:00pm – Locations TBA
- $100 unless you have already paid
- Intro courses will begin again in the Fall
- Sunday evenings from 5:00-6:30pm
- Limited Instruction available
- $10 per session for an individual
- $20 per session for a family
- $30 for the Month for an individual
- $50 for the Month for a family
- Tuesday/Thursday – 6:30-8:00pm - on the river
- Some day trips to Coteau Power Plant Rapids (Lake Deifenbaker)
- Price TBD
Mark your calendar for July 1-3, 2011 and come on out to Saskatchewan for the Churchill River Whitewater Festival. This fabulous event is an annual tradition in Saskatchewan and whether you paddle canoe, kayak, beginner or expert there is something for everyone.
Warm, big whitewater is the main draw of the Churchill River but the real fun happens Canada Day weekend! This year the whitewater festival will include freestyle, slalom, river running, and of course fabulous off-water festivities.
As always, the Churchill River Canoe Outfitters in Missinipi, SK will host the festival which will be based at Barker Island on the Churchill River. Events are taking place at Surf City and Mosquito Rapids but if adventure is what you are looking for the rest of the Churchill is your playground. Whitewater isn’t all we have though as the Churchill is home to some of the most beautiful, family-friendly paddling in all of Canada so if you want to tour around in a canoe or touring kayak just bring your fishing pole and enjoy the sun and scenery.
To register for this year’s festival contact Ric Driediger at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out photos from past festivals and the Churchill river at http://www.churchillrivercanoe.com/gallery.htm.
Check out the new entries or submit your own entry to the Rider of the Year Awards. Go to http://www.rideroftheyear.org/ and check out what is already there.
The SWKC website has finally been updated!!! Check out our new Programs section for 2011 programming as well as new updates in Who’s Who and Contacts for provincial whitewater information.
Also congrats to our Program Director Brendan Curson for being named the new Whitewater representitive for Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan as well as Saskatchewan’s representitve to Canoe Kayak Canada.
Come back soon for future updates especially in our events section as things start to pick up.
The University of Saskatchewan Kayak Club is the home of canoe polo in Saskatchewan. This sport, which is best described as a mix of basketball and water polo is played throughout the world with major international competitions being held in Canada on a regular basis. After taking the Learn-To Kayak course interested individuals are encouraged to come out and try some polo.
Tuesdays, 10:15 pm – 11:15 pm (canoe polo sessions)
Sundays, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (general sessions)
September 12th – December 12th, 2010 (No session Oct. 10)
January 9th – April 3rd, 2010 (No sessions Feb. 20th or 22nd)
Students: $85/term or $150/year
Non-Students: $110/term or $200/year
Check out this fantastic series of videos from Twelve Productions!!
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By Brendan Curson, Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club Program Director and Head Coach
The summer of 2010 has been excellent for the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club. Coming into their second year as Saskatchewan’s premier whitewater club, SWKC has proven again this year that Whitewater kayaking is a fun and viable paddling option in the middle of the prairies.Things started to look up early in the season with plenty of rain. Though this did not go well for other areas of the Province, the kids of the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club were stoked to see high water, strong eddies and fast waves for their paddling enjoyment!!
As soon as school ended, it was time to hit the river for a whole day. Loaded up with boats, gear and lunches the SWKC kids headed upstream of Saskatoon to Paradise Beach for a day trip down the South Saskatchewan River. The day started off well with fabulous views only available from water level and a great lunch on a sandbar in the middle of the river allowing time for a short swim. As the afternoon wore on the weather deteriorated and the three hour trip became four hours then five. Though the skies were threatening to open up and the wind was whipping up huge head-on waves, spirits remained high and everyone had a blast bouncing and surfing their way to the take-out.
Summer continued to be tremendous with warm weather and high water levels. Finally the water started to drop allowing the club to head up to Gardiner Dam to play in the waves and fast water below the power plant. Paddling in the fast whitewater was a new experience for many of the kids but they were eager and keen to learn. Now, having a group of kids with no sense of fear is a great thing when you are a whitewater kayak coach but it means that you get your fill of exercise fishing kids out of the water!!
In the middle of August, the Club travelled to Alberta to take part in the Albert Youth Camp. The Alberta Youth Camp is a whitewater kayaking camp which takes place every second year as a wind up experience for the kids who take part in the Alberta Summer Games. This year the camp was held on the Red Deer River west of Sundre and drew kids from clubs all over Alberta and of course Saskatoon. The week was full of great paddling on a challenging river and it was amazing to watch the progression of the kids from beginner paddlers splashing through the small waves to running big drops and surfing. The week ended with a slalom race at a spot on the river called Double Ledge. The advanced course had a couple of incredibly hard moves namely the first move of the course which had some serious consequences if you missed so all the Saskatoon kids chose to participate in the novice event which started below the big drop. Proving that a lack of whitewater training facilities is not a handicap, the kids from Saskatoon paddled hard and raced to three podium finishes!!
The next stop for the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club and the last stop for the summer paddling season was Kananaskis, AB for the Alberta Provincial Whitewater Championships. This year, the club decided to head out for a few days before the race weekend to learn the ins and outs of the Kananaskis River. The Kananaskis is a little different than other rivers because it is mostly man-enhanced which means that all the features are built and placed with a purpose instead of created naturally. What this means as a paddler is that the river features are stronger and much more defined than you would find on a natural river. To an eleven or twelve year old this makes things a lot more difficult because every paddle stroke and every tilt of the boat counts!! The kids spent three full days on the river learning new skills and preparing for the competition on the weekend. Even though the water schedule allowed for two paddling sessions a day, the water was cut short during the week so the rest of the time was filled with checking out some fabulous Kananaskis hikes.
The Provincial Championships rolled around on September long weekend and with it came crowds of young paddlers and rain. The Alberta Provincial Whitewater Championships is a very cool event which encourages paddlers of all ages and abilities to take part in a multitude of whitewater events including slalom, wildwater, freestyle, boatercross, and the annual Settlers of Catan board game tournament. Each event you take part in earns you points toward the overall title. Competition was tight in every event and category and the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club kids once again proved that whitewater paddlers from the prairies are up for the challenge raking in multiple podium performances in events throughout the weekend.
On behalf of the Saskatoon Whitewater Club, I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all our youth members on their tremendous paddling this summer. I would also like to thank our Club Executive and Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan for all their help and support. Of course, a youth paddling club is only as strong as its parents and volunteers so a HUGE thanks goes out to our club parents for all the time and commitment to the club and their kids.
The Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club is now gearing up for the winter pool season. We will be hosting a variety of paddling programs from introductory lessons to slalom training in Saskatoon. For more information on our programs please visit our website at http://www.saskwhitewater.wordpress.com or contact Brendan Curson at email@example.com.
For all you paddlers out there Saskatoon has a new paddling specific store!!!!! Classic Outdoors, owned and operated by Jonas Hildebrandt, is a cool little shop focusing specifically on paddling. Jonas carries canoes, recreational and touring kayaks, paddles, PFDs, all the accessories you need, and will soon hopefully have some great whitewater boats!!!! Classic Outdoors is still in it’s first stages but is getting new items all the time. Take a moment and head down to 2225 Speers Ave (just off Cynthia behind the Sandman Hotel). Phone number is 306.667.7770. Website to come.
We will be running another youth whitewater kayak camp Aug 16-22!!!! This is an exciting opportunity to enjoy a successful introduction to whitewater or build on the skills you already have.
For information on the camp or to request a regsitration package, please contact Brendan Curson (found in our contacts link)
So it has been a while since our last post. Since then the club has been extremely busy with activities on and off the water. Most notably, we have been busy PADDLING!!!! The spring slalom sessions ended off well with everyone paddling really well. Since then we have moved onto the river here in Saskatoon. We have been paddling every Monday and Wednesday since the middle of June. We would have liked to start earlier but the start of June was the wettest in recent years and between the frequent storms and major flooding we were kept off the river.
We have also done a couple of short day trips around town. The longest and most eventful was the first Tuesday of summer holidays. We travelled up to Paradise Beach with the goal of paddling down into Saskatoon. I had been informed that this trip should only take around 3 hrs but I had the kids pack lunches anyway with the idea that we could eat on an island somewhere. The trip was full of fun experiences including lunch on a sandbar and a crazy windstorm which gave us the opportunity to crash through and surf some big waves!! Though the trip ended up taking us 5hrs to complete, everyone was in high spirits and was excited about our adventure. Pictures below….
Later in July, we held the first of our fundraiser BBQs. This was a great learning experience on what not to do for fundraisers:) Though everyone had a great time, the money we earned from this experience was not worth the effort. Pictures below….
We are excited about our upcoming whitewater camp in August!!! This trip is always a load of fun and we are excited to take part in the Alberta Cup Slalom Race as part of the camp!!!
More news to come later, but in the mean time, see you on the river!!!!!
Sundre Chlorine Cup
On March 20/21, members of the Saskatoon Whitewater Kayak Club headed out to Sundre, Alberta to participate in the 2nd Annual Sundre Chlorine Cup. As part of the Chlorine Cup series, this event was another tremendous opportunity for the SWKC kids to challenge themselves in the disciplines of slalom and canoe polo!!!
The event was a hit, drawing paddlers from all over Alberta as well as a small contingent from SWKC. Many of the National team canoe polo players showed up as well as a couple National junior team slalom members making the event very competitive and made for great entertainment for our young and eager group.
The weekend started off with a canoe polo tournament which lasted all of Saturday!! The novice youth division was stacked with young talent and was a blast for all the kids. It was great to see our club kids competing hard with the more experienced Alberta kids. The adult division was also stacked with talent as each team had at least one national canoe polo team member!!! Games were tight, fast, and extremely competitive. By the time everyone had played 5 games each, the majority of paddlers only wanted to find the nearest pillow and crash!!
Sunday saw a very intense slalom competition. Local Provincial and National team coach Mike Holroyd came out to help run the slalom event and created a fantastic head-to-head knockout style slalom competition. It was great to see paddlers of all backgrounds competing in kayak, C1 and C2 all while racing head on against another opponent!! Once again, the talent young and old was fantastic to watch and everyone had a tremendous time.
Congrats to Ben Lapointe, Kylie Zirk, Tyrel Knoblauch, and Jade Knoblauch for their inspiring performances in both events. SWKC proved they were a force to reckon with as all our kids hit the podium in multiple events!!
Many thanks go out to Keegan Smith and Christie Siddle of the Sundre Kayak Club for hosting such a tremendous event!!! Also a huge thanks to Christie for providing a place for all the folks from out of town to lay our heads. A huge thanks also to Parker Zirk who accompanied us and helped look after our fantastic group of kids.
Photos below….results to follow!
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan AGM
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan hosted their Annual General Meeting this past weekend in Regina and Saskatoon via video conference.
SWKC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate and welcome the new CKS Whitewater Director Rik Anaka!!! He will be a fine addition to the CKS board and we look forward to working with him in the near future.
Sundre Chlorine Cup Photos
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan AGM
Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan will hold its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, March 27th, 2010. The meeting will be held in Regina, but can be also be joined by videoconference from a location in Saskatoon.
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Regina – Sask Sport: 1870 Lorne Street
Saskatoon – Sask Sport: 510 Cynthia Street
If you plan on joining the meeting via video conference please registered in advance with Jan Hanson in order to ensure you have access to the building. Jan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
On the agenda for the annual meeting are revisions to the Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan Bylaws. Please click here to see a copy of the revised by-laws.
Check out our Events Calendar to see a list of upcoming spring and summer whitewater paddling events. As new events are brought to our attention we will add them to the list. This should be enough to get you started on filling your own calendar!!!!
The 1st Annual Saskatoon Chlorine Cup Slalom Race and Canoe Polo Tournament this weekend has now wrapped up and we are happy to report that it was a great success!!! Paddlers young and old from Saskatchewan and Alberta flocked to the Harry Bailey Aquatic Centre for the fantastic event where they were greeted by excited coaches and volunteers eager to create a fun and exciting opportunity for some high-spirited competition.
On Saturday morning we had slalom and canoe polo clinics. SWKC’s own head coach and national slalom team coach Brendan Curson got the participants going in the slalom clinics while the Sundre Kayak Club coach and national canoe polo team member Christie Siddle ran a very exciting canoe polo clinic. Many thanks to Mike McAllister and Scott Forbes for helping out with these clinics.
Saturday evening saw the competition start with the slalom race. With a hard course, the racers proved they were ready to rip with tight races in every category. The evening was topped off with an exciting C2 show down with the paddlers pairing up and racing it out for top spot in a race full of cheering and spills!!!
Sunday morning was full of excitement as the competition resumed with the 4 on 4 Canoe Polo Tournament. It was fantastic to see national team canoe polo members playing side by side with paddlers as young as 9 years old!!! The competition was tight and fierce which only added to the excitement of the event. To finish off we held two final games of kids only and adults only. The kids game was fantastic and was a great way to finish off the weekend while in a lopsided final adult game our SWKC coach Brendan was exposed as the only player not in the national polo program and was pretty much used as a pylon by the exceptionally talented polo players.
Many thanks go out to our parent volunteers and coaches who worked very hard to bring this event to life. A special thanks also goes out to our event sponsors SaskEnergy and Kingston Sea Kayak Instruction. We would also like to thank our fantastic prize sponsors Ebs Source for Adventure, Level Six, Aquabatics, Chels Salon Spa, and Outer Limits who contributed some tremendous prizes. Thanks also goes out to the 3rd Avenue United Church for opening their doors up to our visiting paddlers and provided a great place to lay their heads.
9/10/11 yr old class
- Sean Lockerbie – Saskatoon, SK – 158.15
- Seraphina Swann – Saskatoon, SK – 179.82
- Taiya Jablonski – Red Deer, AB – 213.49
- Sarah Lapointe – Saskatoon, SK – 277.76
12 yr old class
- Luke Jackson – Sundre, AB – 109.81
- Lissy Methorst – Sundre, AB – 110.65
- Hannah Penner – Sundre, AB – 119.34
- Ben Lapointe – Saskatoon, SK – 131.92
15 yr old class
- Ashley Cunningham – Innisfail, AB – 96.24
- Lauren Meservia – Sundre, AB – 122.73
Open adult class
- Christie Siddle – Sundre, AB – 96.34
- Brendan Curson – Saskatoon, SK – 77.99
- Scott Forbes - Edmonton, AB – 79.38
- Mike McAllister – Saskatoon, SK – 80.17
- Jason Allen – Saskatoon, SK – 81.56
- Ashley & Jason – 134.92
- Ben & Sean – 138.11
- Scott & Luke – 205.61
- Hannah & Lissy – 210.78
- Lauren & Christie – 216.40
- Luke and Lissy – 253.97
- Seraphina & Sarah – 462.48
- Jason, Luke, Hannah, Seraphina
- Christie, Brendan, Lissy, Sean
- Keegan, Ashley, Justin, Sarah
- Scott, Lauren, Ben, Taiya
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