For paddlers-the following assessments are used:
Technical Paddling Ability:
Body position and posture in the boat
Ability to match & blend with others
Ability to adapt technique follow commands
Ability to adjust technique & power to suit every seat
Being open to constructive criticism
Making a visible effort to technique correct errors
Capacity for work and performance
Respect from fellow paddlers
Training Status (Fitness level)
Health status (injuries, physical limitations)
Athletes rate of recovery
Athletes body type (height, weight, body composition)
Ability to communicate with peers and coaches
Ability to listen well
Attitude - positive
Competitiveness - focused and eager
Outrigger Canoeing is a team sport that requires a significant level of physical conditioning, technical ability, mental perseverance, training and practice to compete. To joyfully compete at a high level, practices together make all the difference. For these reasons scheduled race practices and clinics are crucial, once you have committed to a given race.
If you signed up for a race, please be courteous and communicate when you cannot make practice with your race crew. However, a few excused absences are acceptable; please inform your coach 3 days prior and the coach can strategically give you OC1 or other workout to fill in for your absence.
While OC1 Time trial (TT) results do play a role in the selection process, they pay a far less significant role than one might think. There is a famous saying in the rowing community – "Great individual times don’t move boats”. What this means is that a fast time does not necessarily carry over to boat speed on the water. Time trial results can only provide some information about a paddler: his/her physical conditioning, innate desire, and mental toughness. The TT does not require a paddler to have proper timing or blending and it does not necessarily penalize a paddler for having poor technique. The TT tells us how hard and for how long the individual is pulling. It is only when the paddler is on the water with a full crew that his/her all-important boat-moving ability is exhibited.
Aloha does not include yelling, choice words, or aggressive behavior. We practice no tolerance for provoking or participating in, an outburst under any circumstance while in the boat or on shore (with the exception of safety). On those rare occasions of an outburst, the participants will be politely escorted to shore and expected to have a discussion with a coach prior to returning to your next practice.
Basic swimming skills are a vital component of a safe crew. 100 yard swim and a 3 minute tread water are required. If you cannot perform these two tasks, you must wear a lifeguard approved life vest while paddling. NOTE: Participants that pass the swim test, do not wear a life jacket while paddling. We take cold water paddling seriously, be smart and be prepared.
Beach Etiquette and Safety:
All members and guests are expected to embrace the ALOHA spirit, being positive, generous, respectful and cooperative with nature, others and our equipment during club activities. This is especially important before and after practices. The club asks that paddlers not leave children or pets unsupervised around the beach area for extended periods of time Often we are guests at a town-owned facility with many close neighbors and we must all work together to ensure that we keep a positive relationship with our site sponsors.
Our canoes and the associated equipment are very expensive and fragile. All paddlers must follow boat handling instruction and rules! Every member of the team is equally responsible for the equipment and is expected to stay at practice and/or races until all equipment is put away or loaded on the trailer!!!
Racers: If you have to leave early please come another day to help load boats for races or volunteer to run a open / rec paddle or a fun paddle.