We acknowledge that Chinook is located on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ First Nations whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

About Chinook

Victoria’s only dedicated Sprint Canoe Kayak club

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 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

Chinook Programs

Chinook provides level-appropriate coaching, mini and standard sprint kayaks and paddles, safety boats and equipment, PFDs, dock facilities, public washrooms, waterfront gym access and private boat storage when available.  Our spring/summer intake is April 1st while fall/winter cross-training and weights for advanced programs begins  October 1st of each year.

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