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2022/2023 Fall/Winter Paddling Program Guide


FGPC Outrigger OC1 Programs

For the Fall of 2022 and the Winter of 2023, FGPC offers Recreational, Intermediate, and Performance level OC1 programming. All programs require enrollment in our OC1 Paddling Access Membership.


Solo Recreational OC1 1X Daytime Series

The Recreational OC1 series is available to FGPC paddlers who have graduated from the beginner series or who have self rescue records on file with FGPC. A maximum of 6 spots are available for this program from October – March from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Paddlers will learn new techniques as well as have opportunities to improve their existing skills in a safe but fun and social environment.

  • Wednesdays (weekly), 11:00am – 12:30pm
    • Wednesday, October 5 – Wednesday, March 29 (24 sessions)
      • No practices on Wednesday, December 21 & 28
    • Limited to 6 participants (minimum 4 participants to run)
    • $300.00
    • Coach: Marcus Krieger

Please click here to request registration in this program

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Intermediate OC1 1X Weekly Series

 The Intermediate OC1 training series places paddlers in a weekly session designed to challenge the abilities and develop the potential of each participant. Practices are weekly on Thursdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm from October – March.

  • Thursdays (weekly), 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Thursday, October 6 – Thursday, March 30 (24 sessions)
      • No practices on Thursday, December 22 & 29
    • Limited to 10 participants
    • $300.00
    • Coach: Patrick Linden / Matt Tancon

Please click here to request registration in this program

Click here for information and registration for Intermediate level Dry Land Training


“Solo Performance” 1X WEEKLY series

The Performance OC1 training series places experienced paddlers in a weekly advanced session designed to challenge the abilities and develop the potential of each participant. Practices are weekly on Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm from October – March. All performance candidates will fill out a form prior to receiving a registration link.

  • Tuesdays (weekly), 5:30pm – 7:00pm
    • Tuesday, October 4 – Tuesday, March 28 (24 sessions)
      • No practices on Tuesday, December 20 & 27
    • Limited to 15 participants
    • $300.00
    • Coach: Marcus Krieger

CLICK HERE to request registration for this program for new participants.

Click here for information and registration for Performance level Dry Land Training

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FGPC Team Boat Outrigger Programs


All team programs (2x per week) are $300.00 for six months of paddling (1x per week options available upon request), with weekly training plans and input from FGPC coaches.


Daytime Recreational Outrigger Series

  • Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00am – 12:00pm
    • Tuesday, October 4 – Friday, March 31 (48 sessions)
      • No practices from Tuesday, December 20 – Friday, December 31
    • Limited to 40 registrations
    • $300.00
    • Coaches: Bill Hilton, Brian Neill & Patrick Dann

This program is now full. Please contact registration@fgpaddle.com for waiting list details.

Click here for information and registration for Recreational level Dry Land Training


Evening Recreational Outrigger Series

  • Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Sundays, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
    • No practices from Monday, December 19 – Monday, January 2
      • 2x per week: 47 sessions
  • Limited to 36 registrations
    • 2x: $300.00 (prorated after November 2)
    • 1x per week is available
    • Coaches:
      • John Thomas & Nathan Pritchard (Mondays)
      • John Thomas & Paul Bucci (Wednesdays)
      • FGPC Staff (Sundays)

Please note: Weekend Recreational Outrigger will resume in April 2023

CLICK Here to register for this program

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Other FGPC Coached OC Programs

  • Aloha Paddlers
  • Lima Mahina
  • MS Warriors
  • Simply Rec
  • Water Foxes

For paddlers returning to or interested in joining the following programs, please CLICK HERE to submit a form that will help us connect you with the program coach or manager.


Intermediate Outrigger Series

This series is a combined Intermediate & OCDB (Outrigger for Dragon Boaters) program for paddlers who want to train and compete in outrigger races year-round, while building skills and fitness for both distance and sprint events. The program’s focus will be on competing in races across Vancouver Island throughout the spring, summer and fall. Intermediate OC sessions run on Tuesdays from 5:30pm – 7:00pm and Saturday mornings from 11:00am – 1:00pm.

  • Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm
    • Saturday, October 1 – Tuesday, March 28 (48 sessions)
      • No practices from Tuesday, December 20 – Saturday December 31
      • Limited to 36 registrations
    • $300.00
    • Coaches: Patrick Linden, Matt Tancon
  • Practice Expectation
    • 2x team boat program practice per week, with recommended OC1 workouts

To request registration please complete this form

Click here for information and registration for Intermediate level Dry Land Training


Performance Outrigger Racing Series

For the serious racer, this is FGPC’s podium-focussed performance training series. Paddlers will train two times a week in crews, with one weekend practice and one weekday evening session. The performance program attends many races throughout the province and the Pacific Northwest, and typically attends one or two major international races per year. Participants are expected to train a minimum of two times per week with the crew, as well as additional independent OC1 and gym training. All performance candidates will fill out a form prior to receiving a registration link from FGPC’s head coach.

  • Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Sundays 9:00am – 12:00pm
    • October – March
    • Limited to 36 registrations
    • $50.00 monthly, on a recurring contract
    • Coach: Marcus Krieger
  • Practice Expectation
    • Minimum 2x team boat program practice per week, 2x weekly small boat workout, 2x weekly gym workout

To request registration for the Performance Outrigger Racing Series, please complete this form

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Dragon Boat Programs

FGPC Winter Dragon Boat Program

Starting in October, this is our continuation of the Summer Dragon Boat Training. This program is for paddlers of any skill, fitness or experience level. From current training dragon boaters, to paddlers who are just starting their paddling journeys, this program will teach dragon boat stroke techniques, while building fitness to prepare participants for a summer of racing.

This is the perfect place to start training in dragon boats! If you are new to the sport and are looking to learn more before you join a team, this program will give you a crash course in dragon boating in a safe and fun environment.

  • Wednesdays, 11:00am – 12:30pm & Saturdays, 9:30am – 11:00am
    • Saturday, October 1 – Wednesday, March 29 (48 practices)
      • No practices from Wednesday, December 21 – Saturday, December 31
    • Limited to 48 registrations
    • $250.00 (1x available for $180.00)
    • Coach: Erik Ages

This program is now full. Please contact registration@fgpaddle.com for waiting list details.

Click here for information and registration for Recreational level Dry Land Training


FGPC Dragon Boat Teams

  • FGPC Momentum – Senior Mixed Crew
  • FGPC Gorge Us Gals – Senior Women’s Crew
  • FGPC Snogard Dragons – Open Mixed Crew
  • FGPC Team Phoenix – Open Mixed Crew
  • FGPC Vic Vixens – Open Women’s Crew

FGPC’s Club Dragon Boat Teams do not meet formally in the Fall and Winter. Many of these teams’ paddlers who wish to continue dragon boat paddling for the Fall and Winter register for FGPC’s Fall/Winter Dragon Boat Training program.

For those looking to connect with any of the above Dragon Boat teams (either new or returning paddler) for Spring 2023, please complete our Dragon Boat Paddler request form here.

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Dry Land Training

Recreational Dry Land Training

These coached 10-week strength programs supplement the Introductory and Recreational programs. This option is ideal for those who are experienced with strength and conditioning in the gym, with sessions having increased training volume, focused on both compound lifts and sport-specific exercises. As with all WF and FGPC programs, there will be a careful eye on technique in order to continue building strength without compromising range of motion, translating to overall performance improvements on the water.

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“Intermediate” Dry Land Training

These coached 10-week strength programs supplement the Intermediate OC programs. This option is ideal for those who have learned the basics of strength and conditioning in the gym and are ready to move toward intermediate lifts, while refining sport-specific exercises. As with all WF and FGPC programs, there will be a careful eye on technique in order to continue building strength without compromising range of motion, translating to overall performance improvements on the water.

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“Performance” Dry Land Training

These coached 10-week strength programs supplement the Performance OC programs. This option is ideal for those who are experienced with strength and conditioning in the gym, with sessions having increased training volume, focused on both compound lifts and sport-specific exercises. As with all WF and FGPC programs, there will be a careful eye on technique in order to continue building strength without compromising range of motion, translating to overall performance improvements on the water.

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FGPC’s 2022 Hawaii Program

For an amazing paddling experience and a great way to build your small-boat skills in beautiful warm water, you might want to consider our Hawaii Program. This program takes place on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, along the coastal communities of Kailua and Lanikai in December, a few weeks before Christmas (7 nights from Sunday 4 December through Saturday 10 December). 

Participants must be confident swimmers, and have sufficient OC1 experience and fitness levels to handle 90-minute to 120-minute daily paddling sessions.

Hawaii program quick sketch: 

  • 7 days at a waterfront luxury Kailua 5-bedroom beach home (7 nights) from Sunday 4 December through Saturday 10 December
  • Location: Kailua, Oahu (a 20-minute drive north of Honolulu / Waikiki)
  • Daily access to OC1s and OC2s as well as OC6 sessions (OC6 located on Lanikai Beach)
  • Daily stroke and surf coaching by Marcus Krieger 
  • Training and fun in warm-water surf in beautiful Kailua Bay as well as Lanikai Beach and “the Mokes”

What’s included: 

Fee of $3250 CAD per person includes:

  • shared accommodations (up to 10 people, including coaches)
  • shared rental vehicles, insurance and fuel
  • daily access to carbon OC1s and OC2s
  • onsite coaching (Marcus Krieger)
  • onsite guide and safety (Erik Ages, who knows the local waters, hazards and paddling zones)

About the property: Full kitchen, 4-bedroom / 4-bathroom on 1 acre of beachfront

  • First Floor Master Bedroom 1 = King Bed
  • First Floor Guest Bedroom 2 = Queen Bed
  • First Floor Guest Bedroom 3 = Queen Bed
  • Upstairs (Loft) Bedroom 4 = King Bed

Payment and booking options: 

  • Total of 8 participants can pay in lump sums of $3250 CAD, or enrol in a 4x payment plan of $812.50 in August / September / October / November
  • Participants responsible for airfare and associated Canadian ground transportation, travel insurance, incidentals, food and beverages and any damages to boats or equipment for which they are responsible
  • Participants’ fees are non-refundable (unless the trip is canceled entirely for everyone), so trip cancellation insurance is advisable 
  • Participants are required to bring their own paddles and PFDs and FGPC staff will transport paddles for participants (at no cost to participants)
  • Leashes, huli straps and other safety gear will be supplied by FGPC staff

Interested? Click here to sign up here

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