Where is the practice site?
The practice site is on the Foss Waterway in Tacoma, a few blocks from the Tacoma Dome. The street address is 1930 East D Street in Tacoma.
When is the paddling season?
Practices start with the change to daylight saving time in March. The first practice of the 2020 Season is March 10 at 5:30PM, and continues through September
When are practices?
Tuesday and Thursdays (Starting March 10) 5:30-7:30PM - Adult (Men AND Women) Paddlers + Recreational (Non-racing) paddlers
Wednesdays 5:00-6:30PM - Wounded Warriors Special Practice
Saturdays 8:30-11:30AM - All Paddlers (non-race days)
Wednesdays (starting April 8) 5:30-7:00PM - Keiki and Junior Paddlers
Sundays (starting April 19) 11:00AM-1:00pm - Keiki, Junior, and Recreational Paddlers
What should I wear?
Breathable, multilayered workout clothes are best. Avoid cotton as it gets wet and cold. Many paddlers bring an extra change of clothes and a towel in their car to change after practice.
How long are practices?
Practices vary from one to two hours on the water, depending on conditions and the time of year. Practices tend to get longer as the season progresses.
How much does it cost?
First year paddlers receive a discounted rate. The 2020 first year rate is $125 for adults and $200 for families. The club pays race entry fees for the four sprint races. Members pay long distance race entry fees, usually $20 to $30 per race.
Will I get to race?
The coaches determine the race crews and will attempt to find a race seat for all interested paddlers. Races are categorized into Men's, Women's, and Co-ed divisions, and further broken down by age and experience.
I’m not interested in racing, is there a program for me?
Yes! Our Recreational Paddlers focus on fitness and technique, and they paddle Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30-7:30.
Do I need any equipment?
Always bring some hydration, either a water bottle or CamelBak style system. During the colder months, waterproof or neoprene booties are recommended, but shoes that you don't mind getting wet will work, too! The club has paddles and life jackets in a variety of styles and sizes, although most members buy their own once they determine the best style for them.
I’ve never paddled before, will I get coaching?
Definitely! Our coaches work hard with paddlers of all experience levels on technique and fitness. Feel free to speak up in the boat if you need help, everyone is happy to offer tips!