Winter Training Program

Program Details:
Location: Nelson District Community Complex (Arena and pool)
When: Wednesdays 6:45-8:15 PM
Dates: January 31st - March 14th (7 sessions)
What will we be doing?
Every week will be a little different. The program is designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming season.  We will be doing a combination of aerobic exercise, and strength training in the arena for the first hour and will finish each session with a 30 minute pool paddling program, with a focus on technique. 


The cost of the program is $85 this includes everything (pool rental, equipment)
We need a minimum of four participants to run the program. 

What do you need to do?

In order to ensure that we have the minimum number of participants, please confirm by email ( or phone (250)-505-8108 by January 25th.

Summer Camp!!

New to 2017, the Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club is offering.... 



These active camps are designed for children between the ages of 8 - 16+. Develop kayaking and canoeing skills, make active friends, and have fun on the water! 


  • Weekly camps run through July and August 
  • 4 hour long camps - 9:00 am to 1:00 pm - Monday to Friday 
  • $150 per week, but only $130 for returning campers!  

To register please contact Lauren, at

Sprint Racing Team

The Sprint Team is led by former Canadian Olympian kayak athlete Jason Rusu. Ever since his first paddle on the west arm of Kootenay Lake Jason knew that Nelson is one of the best locations to support a sprint racing canoe and kayak program in the country.

Sprint team training is in progress, stay tuned for an update soon! The team meets at the Nelson Rowing Pavilion, at Lakeside Park in Nelson, BC.

Practice Details: 

Monday and Wednesday: 4:30pm - 6pm 
Saturday 10am - 12pm 

Practice is always held at the Rowing Pavillion, at Lakeside Park in Nelson, BC. 

Sprint Program Registration:

Program Fees: $300.00 from May 1st to September 28th - that's a lot of sessions for your money!  Not all sessions are mandatory, however athletes benefit from participating in as many of the practices as possible. 

A ten Session Punch-Pass is available for $90 for paddlers who can only commit to 10 or fewer sessions.

Please contact Lauren Heckley, the Sprint Team's Head Coach, at for any infomation regarding Sprint Team details.

Shoulder season paddling requires appropriate cold water immersion apparel. 

Example of appropriate clothing for spring paddling is: 

  • lycra tights/leggings with a loose fit over shorts
  • polypropylene long sleeve underwear 
  • lighter shirt
  • light windbreaker
  • hat/toque
  • water shoes/flip flops
  • towel
  • change of clothes/warm up clothes

Women's Wednesdays on the Water!

Continuing this Season!


Wednesday evenings from 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Head Coach, Lauren Heckley, and our Junior Coaches will provide kayak and canoe instruction, stroke improvement and an opportunity to try our racing boats. A safety boat will be on the water during this program.

Costs: NKCC yearly membership ($15)
Kayak BC Insurance ($9)
Bring your own boat: 5 punch passes ($35)
Try our club boats: 5 punch passes ($60)

Masters Paddling Program!

The Nelson Kayak and Canoe Club will be offering a Masters program for beginner to advanced paddlers! 


This Masters (adult) Paddling Program is designed to challenge beginner to advanced paddlers, with an emphasis on developing aerobic fitness and improving technique.

Why join this program?
- Develop kayak and canoe technique, in your boat or ours
- Increase aerobic fitness and strength
- Set, and acheive, paddling goals
- Get onto Nelson’s beautiful Kootenay Lake with friends!

Thursday Evenings – 6:00 – 7:00 pm (Technique) 7:00 – 8:00 pm (Toonie Tour - paddle or race the set course, optional)

To register contact Lauren,, before June 8th: 125$, After: 150$ – for up to 20 weeks on the water – June 8th to Sept

Toonie Tour - previously known as Toonie Race Night

Thursdays from 7:00 - 8:00 - for only $2 come and paddle a set course with friends! 

Starting: June 1st! 

All forms of paddling transportation are welcome :)

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