Chinook is a charitable, non-profit paddling club providing children and youth-through-adult programming. We are the only dedicated Sprint Canoe Kayak club in Victoria. Kayaking? Yes! Endorsed by our provincial and national sport organizations, we offer month-long introductory courses and six-month and yearly development programs led by our NCCP certified Community and ELCC coaches. All programming is overseen by Victoria’s NCCP certified Comp Dev* paddling coach.
*Canoe Kayak Canada requires Comp Dev coaching to advance Sprint Canoe Kayak athletes towards the national podium stream, international competitions &/or Olympics.
To introduce our sport to children and youth in the community through affordable, fun programming while providing opportunities for fitness, increased physical awareness, and skill development. To deliver coaching and programming required for paddlers to advance through the athlete development stream. Many of our paddlers have advanced to compete at Nationals, Canada Games, Jr/U23 Worlds and Pan American Championships.
Our Program Values
Chinook offers effective, informed leadership and knowledgeable coaching which implement the principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L). We value the principles of True Sport along with mentor-ship, esprit de corps and volunteerism. We value safety and respect for individuals and equipment, and in our communication. Our culture of integrity and best practices embodies our club motto – perficientur excellentiam or Performance Excellence.
Chinook is located dockside on the Gorge waterway in Victoria at the Fairway Gorge Paddling Club facility, a wheelchair accessible venue, at 2940 Jutland Road.
Chinook programs include level-appropriate coaching and access to the multiple paddling disciplines of Outrigger, Dragon Boat and Surfski, a Safety Boat, dock facilities, public washroom, safety equipment, Sprint Canoe Kayaks, paddles, and private boat storage when available.
Our seasonal intake begins April 1st and October 1st of each year. Please feel free to contact us mid-season to discuss options. Winter sessions for advanced paddlers involve versatile and appropriate cross-training fitness and weights programs.
We look forward to you contacting us with your questions.