Victoria’s only dedicated Sprint Canoe Kayak club

About Chinook

Welcome to Chinook on the Gorge waterway where expert coaching staff safely teach children our outdoor specialty, the healthy fun of Sprint Kayaking. Chinook is singularly focused on Sprint Kayak, being the home of Victoria’s only NCCP trained and certified Comp Dev paddling coaches. Our calibre of coaches ensure your youth paddlers have choices from causal recreational paddling to competitive provincial, national, international, and Olympic dreams.

Chinook Coaches

Our coaches are certified through Canada’s National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) in CanoeKids Community, Entry Level Competitive (ELCC), and advanced Competitive Development (Comp Dev) coaching; with criminal record checks, first aid training and safety boat operator licenses. Our Development Coach has been Head Paddling Coach for Zone 6 (the island) the last three BC Summer Games.

Chinook Goals

  • affordably introduce our paddle sport to children and youth in the community
  • provide fun opportunities for increased physical literacy and activities out in nature and on water
  • progressive programming and knowledgeable coaching towards skill enhancement
  • level-appropriate coaching from recreational to high performance

Chinook Board & Members

We are a members-run club. Our Board is comprised of community parents who volunteer to lead our club. Our performance paddlers include medalists and champions, Team BC, Canada Games, Jr/Sr National Development Team and Jr Worlds athletes.

Chinook Values

  • effective informed leadership and knowledgeable coaching
  • the principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and Canadian Sport for Life (CS4L)
  • the principles of True Sport, mentorship, esprit de corps and volunteerism
  • safety and respect for individuals, equipment, and in our communication
  • a club culture of integrity and best practices
  • camaraderie and a sense of belonging

Our Vision/Mission

Chinook Vision

A robust and healthy Sprint Canoe Kayak racing club that provides opportunities for mentorship, leadership, success and performance excellence for members of our community.

Chinook Mission

Chinook provides opportunities for youth to discover and to realize the spirit, sportsmanship and pursuit of excellence in the Olympic discipline of Sprint Canoe Kayak.


Funding Assistance Options

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Chinook gratefully acknowledges the support of ViaSport and the Government of British Columbia

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Our gratitude to Telus Victoria Community Board for their generous donation

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