Our team of highly experienced club coaches will help guide your personal paddling journey and learning through the various squads and training sessions to meet athletes of all levels of ability. Whether you're 8 or 80, the North Shore Canoe Club has something to offer for everyone.
“He waka eke noa” – a maori saying that means “we’re all in this together” or even better “we’re all in the same canoe”!
Squads & Training Schedule
This schedule is for registered club members only. Your coach will let you know which squad you should be paddling in when you join.
If you are new to paddling, or aren’t yet a member please read our membership information and Intro Session section first.
Monday - Saturday
6.30am Training Squad
7.00am Development Squad
8.30am Occasional Intro Sessions *See Calendar for available dates and Intro Sessions for booking info.
4.00pm Training Squad
4.00pm Training Squad
4.00pm Development Squad
5.30pm Social Paddling Group
PLEASE NOTE: Last training session for 2021 will be 18th December. THERE ARE NO COACHING SESSION ON PUBLIC HOLIDAY WEEKENDS
There are squads for all levels of ability. Your coach will let you know which squad you should be paddling in when you join.
Intro Session – By Booking Only
This session is for people of any age who would like to try out canoeing for the first time. We run these sessions regularly and you are able to book for two FREE sessions. After two sessions we normally ask paddlers to decide if they would like to continue paddling that they then join the club as a member for more formal training and racing opportunities. These sessions are for people who are getting to terms with the basic concepts of kayaking. This is a coach led session and we use pretty stable club boats, stay close to the shore or even paddle in the quarry lake when the wind is up. These sessions are great fun so if you have been wanting to give paddling a go please click here on Intro Session for further info.
The intermediate squad are more competent paddlers who are able to self rescue if required, able to manage their own equipment before training sessions. Squad members either own their own boats and paddles or are able to access club equipment. Many of the intermediate sessions will focus on the technical aspects of paddling and paddlers will spend a longer time on the water. These are coach directed sessions but athletes are expected to train semi-independently within the squad environment.
The training squad consists of athletes of all ages who are committed to improving their paddle technique and fitness. These sessions are coach-guided but athletes in this squad are expected to be able to train independently with or without other squad members. These sessions follow structured training programmes set by the club coach and are aimed at assisting athletes wishing to compete in the annual CRNZ calendar of events.
Social Paddling Group
This group is for registered club members who are keen to get out on the water and enjoy a relaxed social paddle once a week. This group is not run by a coach and is therefore only suitable for those who are confident to paddle independently without any supervision. We usually get together afterwards in the clubrooms for a chat over a BYO drink and nibbles.
Other Important Stuff to Know
Lights – All paddlers will need lights to be able to paddle in the morning sessions once it is dark so get prepared. You can buy from the sports or bike shops. Ideally a small white light at front (not too bright), and red at the back.
Access Key Tags – We recommend that all club members have their own access key tag. You can acquire one through our Shop. There is a $30 bond per key tag and they can be collected from club coach Gavin before or after training sessions by arrangement.
Boat Repairs – If you notice any damage to club gear please alert your coach ASAP. Please never put a boat away broken (even if it wasn’t you!). Let you coach know or email firstname.lastname@example.org so it can be repaired.