The Pinch-o-Crow Creekers offers two levels of competitive training for kayaking, the Developmental Program and the Elite Team Program. All of our competitive training programs build on a solid foundation of sound technique, physical fitness and fun. Our goal is to make you the best paddler that you can be, in whatever discipline(s) you choose. We believe that the best foundation is a strong start in the pool, lake and river - building skills and confidence.
Once the basic skills have been learned, you are ready to start learning precision technique in the slalom gates. Slalom teaches paddlers how to precisely position their boat on the river to avoid hazards and to get where you need to go.
With good technical paddling we are able to venture out into some wilder rivers and show you some great places to paddle in our region. River running and creekboating is some of the most fun that you can have, seeing new places and exploring new rivers.
While we are out there we will build in some playboating, starting with surfing and controlling your boat on a wave. Then we will help you go way beyond this level to looping and twisting in the air, playing on the water in your boat.
And during our winter season and in between things we will be playing canoe polo, games of water polo played in our kayaks.
Most of all, you will be developing skills that will last a lifetime, forging friendships here and around the country, traveling with our club and the provincial team to events and competitions around Alberta and across North America.
Our club athletes have competed for Canada at international competitions in 5 continents and we are recognized for our ability to deliver good paddlers with excellent skills and great attitudes that are great ambassadors for Southwest Alberta.
COMPETITION TRAINING - on hold for 2019
The Development Team will be training 1 - 2 nights per week and one weekend per month.
There will also be 1 weekend per month where the Team will be attending paddling events or campouts for the weekend.
Cost for participation in the Development Team is $400 for 4 months. This includes coaching, transportation, equipment and gear rental, and a lot of fun developing new skills and confidence.
It also includes a bonus 1 Week Summer Camp to work on these skills in a condensed setting. This is a $175 value built into the Development Team pricing.
Alternatively team members can join in for $125 per month or $20 per session.
The Elite Team will be training 3-4 ngihts per week.
On Monday and Wednesday nights will be slalom training on the Crowsnest slalom course. Tuesday and Thursday will be a session close to Pincher with a weight training sessions afterwards.
There will also be 2 weekends per month where the Team will be attending paddling events or campouts for the weekend.
Cost for participation in the Performance Team is 4 months for $800. This includes coaching, transportation, equipment and gear rental, and a lot of fun honing skills and building confidence. It also includes a bonus 1 Leadership Certification to build skills for coaching, instructing and leading our programs in the future. This is a $200 value built into the Performance Team pricing.
Alternatively team members can join in for $275 per month or $20 per session.