Masters Skills Development

New 2019! 

This is a new program in 2019. Jason Rusu will be providing paddling training sessions for the Nelson Paddling Club. Paddlers must have Level 2 or 3 can register directly to this course. Level 1 paddlers require the NPC Adult Learn to Paddle program or private lessons completed before they apply and get approval of the coach.

Jason is an NCCP Level 3 Certified coach with over 20 years of coaching experience. Jason has competed in Sprint Racing Kayak and Canoe for over 30 years and has raced at the international level and represented Canada at the 1992 Olympics.

Adult Paddlers who are interested in improving their paddle stroke efficiency and boat handling skills will benefit greatly from the knowledge and expertise Jason is able to share.

Level 2: Sometimes referred to as "intermediate", this level is for those who need to refresh their skills in order to paddle more efficiently and confidently in more performance oriented boats and in varied water conditions. This level is for people who have paddled before and have reasonable confidence in varied paddle crafts on flat, choppy or slow-moving water. This level focuses on boat control as well as maintaining speed and rhythm in varied conditions.

Level 3: is for confident paddlers who want to refine their skills. This program will be given primarily on the water and will concentrate on diagnosis of problems and practice of improved technique. You will practice adapting your paddling technique to different types of paddle craft and water conditions. Participants should have the stamina to paddle continuously for 8+km


This program has been divided into 3 sessions 
Module 1: May 20th – June 24th Module 2: July 8 to Aug 12th Module 3: Aug 19 – Sept 30th or you can register in all 3 sessions at a reduced cost.

This program will run every Monday regardless of weather issues! Dryland programming will be provided when on the water programming is prohibited by weather. Cold weather gear is required for early season paddling.

Participation in this program also includes Thursday night race fees!!!


One time full season fee: $410

Module 1: May 20th – June 24th: $160

Module 2: July 8 to Aug 12th: $160

Module 3: Aug 19 – Sept 30th: $160

Registion is now closed for the season.

If you would like to be updated when registration opens for the 2020 season, please click HERE!

Our Sponsors

Thank you to the Nelson Athletic Association for the loan of Buoy markers to set up
our sprint distance courses! And thank you to Hellman Canoes and Kayaks for their continued support of our sprint team with boat repairs and Tech apparel ware!