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Adult/Masters Training & Program Overview

Traditionally, a ‘Master’ is anyone over the age of 25 years old who participates in competitive training sessions. Owing to the steep learning curve required to paddle a racing canoe or kayak, Masters have traditionally been experienced paddlers who stayed with, or came back to, the sport they love - either to compete in an age category or just for the pleasure of being on the water.

Recently, the Rideau Canoe Club has enjoyed an influx of adult paddlers of all ages (at least 19 years of age) who are taking up the challenging sport for the first time.  Perhaps you are an accomplished athlete from different sport wishing to give sprint boats a try…or maybe you are a parent of an aspiring young paddler.

No matter what your background, the Rideau Adult/Masters Program has something for you!  To determine which level is best for you and to view program and training options with days, times & fees, please visit the Training/Programs section.

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What our Adult/Masters program offers!

  • Coached training groups 
  • Weekly workouts
  • Free War Canoe sessions 
  • Friday night races every other week
  • Opportunities to compete in local and away regattas
  • NEW: Introduction classes - no experience required! (All paddlers with no sprint boat experience must complete the Introduction classes before joining the Novice training group.)

Sprint Programs & Training
All of our Adult/Masters coached groups train twice or three times a week in the mornings or evenings. The huge success of our Adult/Masters program has created a large pool of returning paddlers with different abilities and paddlers are divided according to speed instead of experience. This approach is very successful as it permits intermediate and advanced paddlers with similar abilities to train together under the same coach. If you are not sure which coached group is for you, view the Program options and contact the Master’s Coordinator or your coach for more information!

Once again we welcome new paddlers with no sprint boat experience to our Introduction classes. These 4 week Introduction classes offer new paddlers the opportunity to test our sport before committing to an entire season. Paddlers graduating from a Introduction classes who have an interest to continue paddling may obtain a full membership and may also transition to the Novice level with pro-rated program fees with the coach’s permission.


Many of our Adult/Masters choose to race in the regattas that are held in Ottawa and the surrounding region throughout the summer. Distances are generally between 200 and 1000 metres, with 500 metres being the usual and most popular racing distance for masters. If you are a first-year paddler then you will enjoy racing in your only year in the Novice category. After that, you will race in the appropriate age category with other masters of all abilities. Race types include single, tandem and fours in both canoe and kayak. Canada's national masters regatta (CANMAS) will be held in late August.

Please be aware of the CKC Affiliation Fee, EOD Affiliation Fee, OCSRA Affiliation Fees & Canoe Kayak Ontario Affiliation Fees. Each member registered in a competitive program must pay the respective affiliation fee to the National Governing body - CanoeKayak Canada, Eastern Ontario Division, Ontario Canoe Sprint Racing Association and Canoe Kayak Ontario in order to be able to race at sanctioned regattas and Nationals/CanMas.  These fees do not go to the Rideau Canoe Club but to CKC, EOD, OCSRA and CKO respectively.  These fees have been included Sprint Program registration process.

War Canoe
If you are moving to Sprint Canoe/Kayak from Dragonboat or other paddling sports, then War Canoe is an excellent stepping stone. War Canoes consist of 14 paddlers and a steersperson. Athletes kneel on a block as in C-boat, and use paddles that are much longer and somewhat wider than in Dragonboat. You will find that it takes much less time to establish your balance than it does in a smaller boat, so it is possible from the outset in War Canoe to make improvements to your technique, enhance your sense of balance, and get a great workout. Adult/Master War Canoe practices are typically held once or twice a week, usually in the evening.

Definition of groups
  • Introduction -  no balance required; will use the entry level boats (vipers and slenders)
  • Novice - able to balance in entry level boats (vipers and slenders)
  • Intermediate - able to paddle in a minimum of a delphine, malker k-2, or commander k-4 with the goal of being able to paddle in a lancer/rapier by the end of the summer.
  • Advanced - able to paddle in a minimum of a lancer k-1, regina k-2, or purple K-4. Advanced paddlers usually have at least 2 seasons of paddling under their belt.
Club Events
We believe that a strong club creates opportunities for paddlers of all ages to come together to share their love of our sport. The Rideau Canoe Club encourages all of its members to come together socially to celebrate special events, support each other during volunteer club activities, or just hang out on a summer night at one of our BBQ's or potluck dinners.  
Paddlers of all ages have the opportunity to participate in Friday night races held at the club every 2 weeks. Racing starts in June.
Who’s Who!
  • Masters Coordinator:  Conrad Hutter (conrad.hutter@gmail.com)