Training

–Updated 2018/04/18 8:18 PM–

As a club, OCC is structured to support the growth and development of its paddlers. The intent of our structure is to provide inclusive mentorship and training for new and existing members. Levels in the club are based on experience as well as practice and training commitment.

Participation in any OCC training program requires registration as an OCC member.

**Club membership and Level 1 and 2 training are available to youths 13 years of age and older who are accompanied by a parent/guardian club member enrolled in the same or more advanced training. Youths should be focused and motivated to train and compete with the rest of the crew. A $30 discount will apply to all youth registrations (17 years of age or under).


Level 1 Paddling – Novice Dragon Boat Racing:

Introduction to dragon boat racing for those with little or no prior experience with the club or sport. Learn the basics of the sport and race in the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival. Paddles, PFDs, and a novice team shirt are provided.

REGISTRATION CLOSES JUNE 19TH

  • Commitment: Practice once weekly for up to 10 weeks (subject to safe weather and river conditions).
  • Objectives: Learn the basic paddling stroke, boat commands, and timing.
  • Instructor: Assistant coach
  • Practices: June 12 until  August 14 for a 1 hour practice each Tuesday evening at 7 PM (arrive at 6:30 PM) at the river (Rafters Landing). Up to 10 practices total (unsafe weather or river conditions may require cancellations) leading up to the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival: See OCC Calendar for practice schedule and locations.
  • Competitions/festivals: Compete in the Edmonton Dragon Boat Festival.
  • Please Note: A minimum enrollment of 16 paddlers for program is required in order to run (for reasons of safety on the river).
  • Age: 13+ (youths shall be accompanied by a parent/guardian club member of equivalent or more advanced registration).
  • Cost: $150 – includes Edmonton Festival fee and OCC membership.
  • Personality Traits: Open and receptive to having fun and enjoying sportsmanship within and outside the club.

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Level 2 Paddling – Recreational Dragon Boat Racing:

Recreational/semi-competitive paddling for paddlers of novice to intermediate experience, looking to compete in the club’s choice of local and regional festivals. Paddles and PFDs are provided for use at practices and festivals.

REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 22ND

  • Commitment: Practice twice per week for 4 months.
  • Objectives: Practice the 9 step stroke, race pieces, and timing.
  • Instructor: Assistant coach or mentor, and periodic head coach.
  • Practices: May through September – 1 hour practice each Tuesday and Thursday evening at either Leduc Boat Club (Telford Lake, Leduc) or Edmonton River Valley: See OCC Calendar for practice schedule and locations.
  • Competitions/Festivals: Regional and International festivals.
  • Age: 13+ (youths shall be accompanied by a parent/guardian club member of equivalent or more advanced registration).
  • Cost: $200  – includes OCC membership; does not include any festival fees.
  • Personality Traits: Willingness to learn, open to constructive criticism, enthusiastic, ability to facilitate instruction, and have a competitive mindset.
  • Additional Costs: Optional Club Jersey – Estimated $80.

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Level 3 Paddling – Competitive Dragon Boat Racing with Crew Specialization (Women, Senior, Premier):

Competitive paddling for paddlers of intermediate to advanced experience looking to compete at the highest level at regional festivals as well as national and world level club crew competitions. Paddles and PFDs are provided if required. Personal competitive level equipment is recommended.

REGISTRATION CLOSES MAY 22ND

  • Commitment: Paddling in a dragon boat 3 times per week and may include weekly small boat (outrigger) and war canoe training.
  • Objectives: Practice advanced stroke / body mechanic concepts, boat feel, and basic coaching skills (for mentorship).
  • Instructor: Head coach and periodic assistant coach or mentor.
  • Practices: May through September – 1 hour practice each Tuesday and Thursday evening at either Leduc Boat Club (Telford Lake, Leduc) or Edmonton River Valley; 2 hour alternating (week-by-week) crew specialization practices each Sunday. Womens/Open crew Practice alternating with Premier/Senior crew practices: See OCC Calendar for practice schedule and locations.
  • Competitions/Festivals: Regional and International festivals; as well as periodic Canadian Nationals.
  • Requirements:  Minimum 1 year of Level 2 experience, outrigger canoe introductory course & safety training (huli training – additional $5); CORA membership ( additional $25), and minimum twice a week practice participation.
  • Age: 13+ (youths shall be accompanied by a parent/guardian club member of equivalent registration).
  • Cost: $375 – includes Leduc Boat Club general membership (for outrigger canoe practice) and OCC membership; does not include festival/competition fees.
  • Additional Costs: Optional Club Jersey – $80 (required for national and world club crew championships); Required outrigger canoe introductory course & safety training (huli training – additional $5); Required CORA membership ( additional $25).
  • Personality Traits: Willingness to learn, open to constructive criticism, enthusiastic, ability to facilitate instruction, competitive mindset and a commitment to excellence.

Note: Participation in the Level 3 training does not guarantee a bench spot on OCC Select crews. However, paddlers choosing not to participate in this program are unlikely to be considered for these crews. Paddlers understand that they train with the intention to make these crews but accept they may not make the final selection. Selection is from the pool of available paddlers for each competition exclusively. Rosters will likely change between competitions. Please refer to the team selection criteria below.

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Dry-land Training Program:

October to September fitness program designed by Dr. Lee Miller specifically for the sport of dragon boating. It includes up to 6 days per week of training. The program is available to club members of all levels.

  • Objectives: Improve strength and cardiovascular fitness in preparation for national or world club crew championships.
  • Instructor: Self-administered or with optional mentor led group workouts.
  • Schedule: Sunday through Friday daily sessions starting in October and running through to the end of the following August.
  • Requirements: Fitness testing/tracking including baseline is required. UofA VO2 Max testing is not required (as the Dr. Lee Miller program provides an alternative) but is encouraged to provide training zones and data of clinical accuracy.
  • Age: 13+.
  • Cost: Estimated $60 for 2018 (requires OCC membership)
  • Additional Costs: Optional UofA VO2 max testing – $75/session; Optional group training ($5.25 drop-in fee at Evolve Strength Downtown).

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Selection Criteria for OCC Select Crews:

Selection is for each completion exclusively from the pool of available paddlers. Selection is ideally based on outrigger time trials in combination with consideration for boat balance, bench order, and coaching discretion (taking into account athlete ability to cope with stress levels of competition, weight of athlete relative to weight in the boat, fatigue limit of athlete, athlete height, paddling side, etc.). Where current time trial data is incomplete or unavailable one or more of the following may be used: past time trial data, ergometer time trial data, coaching discretion will be used.

NOTE: Non-members of OCC are eligible for selection per the discretion of coaching.

Paddlers who are not selected to an OCC Select Crew for a specific competition will race with the other OCC crews entered for that competition.