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2023/2024 Fall/Winter Paddling Program Guide

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Please note: programs can be prorated on a monthly basis if late-entry seats are available; if seats are sold out no late registrations can be accepted but waitlisting will be offered.


FGPC Outrigger OC1 Programs

For the Fall and Winter of 2023/2024, FGPC offers Recreational, Intermediate, and Performance level OC1 programming. All programs require enrollment in our OC1 Paddling Access Membership.


Recreational OC1 1x Weekly 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 – December, and 6 spots again from January – March. Paddlers will learn new techniques as well as have opportunities to improve their existing skills in a safe, fun and social environment.

This program is offered on Wednesdays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Fall Recreational OC1

  • Wednesdays (weekly), 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, October 4 – Wednesday, December 13
  • Limited to 6 participants
  • $150.00
  • Lead Coach: Marcus Krieger

Winter Recreational OC1

  • Wednesdays (weekly), 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 3 – Wednesday, March 27
  • Limited to 6 participants
  • $150.00
  • Lead Coach: Marcus Krieger

OC1 Access Membership mandatory

All registrants must be vetted by FGPC coaching staff

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 Sundays from 12:30pm – 2:00pm from January – March.

Winter Intermediate OC1

  • Sundays (weekly), 12:30pm – 2:00pm
  • Sunday, January 7 – Sunday, March 31
  • Limited to 10 participants
  • $150.00
  • Lead Coach: Matt Tancon

OC1 Access Membership mandatory

All registrants for this program must be vetted by FGPC coaching staff

Please click here to request registration in this program

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Performance OC1 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 Saturdays from 11:00am – 12:30pm from October – December, and January – March. All performance candidates will fill out a form prior to receiving a registration link.

Saturday, October 7 – Saturday, December 16

  • Saturdays (weekly), 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • $150.00
  • Lead Coach: Marcus Krieger

Saturday, January 6 – Saturday, March 30

  • Saturdays (weekly), 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Limited to 15 participants
  • $150.00
  • Lead Coach: Marcus Krieger

OC1 Access Membership mandatory

All registrants must be vetted by FGPC coaching staff

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

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FGPC Team Boat Outrigger Programs


Paddler participation in programs will now follow a new commitment-based model, with a minimum weekly workout recommendation for entry into programs.

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


Daytime Recreational Outrigger Series

Experience the fun of outrigger paddling in a relaxed setting. Led by friendly instructors, this program is perfect for beginners and everyone looking to enjoy the water at a leisurely pace.

Led by friendly and knowledgeable instructors and steerspeople, the program focuses on introducing you to the basics of paddling technique, safety and boat handling. No previous experience is required – just bring your enthusiasm and a love for the outdoors.

Tuesdays & Fridays, 10:00am – 12:00pm

  • Tuesday, October 3 – Friday, March 29
  • No practices from Tuesday, December 19 – Friday, December 29
  • Limited to 44 registrations
  • $300.00 (prorated as season progresses)
  • Lead Coach: Bill Hilton

Practice Expectation: Minimum 1x team boat program practice per week

CLICK Here to register for this and other recreational OC6/OC12 programs

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Evening Recreational Outrigger Series

Experience the pleasure of outrigger paddling in a relaxed setting. Led by friendly instructors, this program is perfect for beginners and anyone looking to enjoy the water at a leisurely pace.

Led by friendly and knowledgeable instructors, the program focuses on introducing you to the basics of paddling technique, safety and boat handling. No previous experience is required – just bring your enthusiasm and a love for the outdoors.

Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

  • Monday, October 2 – Wednesday, March 27
  • No practices from Monday, December 18 – Monday, January 1
  • Limited to 36 registrations
  • $300.00 (prorated as season progresses)
  • Lead Coach: Nathan Pritchard

Practice Expectation: Minimum 1x team boat program practice per week

CLICK Here to register for this and other recreational OC6/OC12 programs

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Weekend Recreational Outrigger Series

Experience the pleasure of outrigger paddling in a relaxed setting. Led by friendly instructors, this program is perfect for beginners and anyone looking to enjoy the water at a leisurely pace.

Led by friendly and knowledgeable instructors, our program focuses on introducing you to the basics of paddling technique, safety, and boat handling. No previous experience is required – just bring your enthusiasm and a love for the outdoors.

Sundays, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

  • Sunday, October 1 – Sunday, March 31
  • No practices from Sunday, December 24 – Sunday, December 31
  • Limited to 24 registrations
  • $200.00 (prorated as season progresses)
  • Lead Coach: Mary Rowles

Practice Expectation: Minimum 1x team boat program practice per week

CLICK Here to register for this and other recreational OC6/OC12 programs

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Other FGPC Coached OC Programs

  • Aloha Paddlers
  • Lima Mahina
  • MS Warriors

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.

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Evening/Weekend Intermediate Outrigger Series

Ready to take your outrigger paddling to the next level? Our Intermediate Level Outrigger Program is designed for paddlers who have mastered the basics and are hungry for more challenges on the water. In this program, you will train and compete in outrigger canoes 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, fall and winter. Intermediate OC sessions run on Tuesdays from 5:30pm to 7:00pm and Saturday mornings from 11:00am to 1:00pm.

Tuesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Saturdays, 11:00am – 1:00pm

  • Tuesday, October 3 – Saturday, March 30
  • No practices from Tuesday, December 19 – Saturday, December 30
  • Limited to 36 registrations
  • $300.00 for 2x per week (prorated as season progresses)
  • Coaches: Patrick Linden, Matt Tancon

Click here to request registration for this program


(NEW) Thursday Daytime Intermediate Outrigger Series

This new standalone program runs on Thursdays from 10am to 11.30am and is available to intermediate-registered paddlers who wish to supplement their training with a 3rd weekly daylight session. The program requires a $100 add-on fee to the main $300 IM registration for the winter season (October through March). For racing-level paddlers not participating in the main IM weekday evening/weekend program, this Thursday daytime program is also available by request as a stand-alone option for $200 by request.

Thursdays, 10:00am – 11:30am

  • Thursday, October 5 – Thursday, March 28
  • No practices from Thursday, December 21 – Thursday, December 28
  • Limited to 36 registrations
  • $100.00 ($200.00 for stand-alone registrations) (prorated as season progresses)
  • Coach: Marcus Krieger

Program Expectation

  • Supplementary or standalone weekly team boat program practice, with recommended OC1 and gym workouts (not included in program fees)

Click here to request registration for this program

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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 registration and will be contacted by 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
  • $70.00 monthly for paddlers involved in 2024 World Sprints – adds Tuesdays 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • Coach: Marcus Krieger

Practice Expectation

  • Minimum 2x team boat program practice per week, 2x weekly small boat workout, 2x weekly gym workout

For new registrants for the Performance Outrigger Racing Series, please click here

Existing participants will be rolled into the new season.

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Dragon Boat Programs


FGPC Fall/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

  • Wednesday, October 4 – Saturday, March 30
  • No practices from Wednesday, December 20 – Saturday, December 30
  • Limited to 48 registrations
  • $250.00 (1x available for $180.00) (prorated as season progresses)
  • Coach: TBA

This program is now full. We have set up a waiting list. You will be contacted if a space becomes available.

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Paddle Erg Classes

Stay above the winter waterline through structured fitness and technical training offered by  FGPC’s paddle erg classes. Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a beginner, these sessions offer a full-body workout that combines the power and technique of paddling with the precision of indoor ergometer training.

Engage your core, strengthen muscles, and boost cardiovascular endurance as you paddle through progressive drills over each series of classes. Improve your technique and paddle your way to increased fitness over the colder months ahead.

October – December (10 sessions each)

  • Novice – Tuesdays, 7:15pm – 8:15pm (October 3 – December 5)
  • Novice/Intermediate – Wednesdays, 9:00am – 10:00am (October 4 – December 6)
  • Intermediate – Thursdays, 7:15pm – 8:15pm (October 5 – December 7)
  • $150.00
  • Limited to 6 registrations
  • Coach: Marcus Krieger

January – March (10 sessions each)

  • Novice – Tuesdays, 7:15pm – 8:15pm (January 9 – March 12)
  • Novice/Intermediate – Wednesdays, 9:00am – 10:00am (January 10 – March 13)
  • Intermediate – Thursdays, 7:15pm – 8:15pm (January 11 – March 14)
  • $150.00
  • Limited to 6 registrations
  • Coach: Marcus Krieger

These programs are now full. Please email “registration@fgpaddle.com” to ask to be put on the waiting list.


FGPC Dragon Boat Teams

  • FGPC Dragon King (mixed), practices TBA
  • FGPC Fairway Express (mixed), practices TBA
  • FGPC Gorge Us Gals (womens), Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • FGPC Momentum (mixed), Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • FGPC Snogard Dragons (mixed), Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • FGPC Team Phoenix (mixed), Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • FGPC Vic Vixens (womens), Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30pm – 7:00pm
  • FGPC Weilong (mixed), Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Snappin’ Dragons (womens), practices TBA
  • Paddlers of the Fifth Moon (mixed) practices TBA

For those looking to connect with any of the above Dragon Boat teams (either new or returning paddler) for Spring 2024, please complete our Dragon Boat Paddler request form here.

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Dry Land Training

Dry Land Training

These coached strength programs supplement all of our paddling 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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