Workouts and Practice

Each division (open/40s/50s/Novice/etc.) typically relies on someone to help organize events and practice times within their division and is overseen by the head coach. Everyone has their own schedules and we try to accommodate this as much as possible but the more you show up and paddle, the more likely you’ll be racing.

So when?

Typically the keiki practice weekdays around 3pm to 4pm.

Typically adults follow them weekdays at 4:30 to 6 pm.

The days are dependent on decisions made by each crew to allow for everyone to fit in. And typically 3 days a week for on the water practice. Cross training on off days is highly encouraged.

Typical Months for various canoe training and racing


Our club invests in keiki having a healthy outlet, building discipline and having fun as part of the paddling ohana. They are not only the future of our club, but for all of us.

  • Adults: $100
  • Kamaliʻi (ages 12-18): Free
  • Menehune (7-11 years old): Free
  • OC1 Stall – $120 / Calendar year February to February


Most beginners only do the Sprint Regattas. Sign up around February and March to begin paddling. Make sure you can commit the time as sprint races take up most of the day every Saturday when they start.

Long Distance

Long distance racing requires more training and commitment to the team. Competitive teams train year round and combine 6-man with 1-man paddling. Training usually occurs on similar days as the sprint regatta training.

Typical 6 Man Canoe Regatta in the Koa Canoe
Typical OC1 or 1-man canoe long distance races

OC1 races usually have a long (7-14 miles) course and a short course (5-10 miles) depending on the event.

However the next level of racing involves longer legs and channel crossings. In these races often an OC6 canoe can be raced iron (6), nine man (9) or twelve man (12). For cases of 9 or 12 an escort boat will allow paddlers to swap positions during the race. These changes need to be practiced and done quickly so ground is not lost to other competitors.

Some races will allow for relays (1 man or 2 man canoes), where like a normal relay race there are spots or an escort boat allowing for the paddlers to change.

These longer races typically range from 18 to 38 miles.