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, directly underneath the Highway 509 Bridge.
When is the paddling season?
The first practice of the 2024 Season is Sunday March 10 at 8:00AM, and continues through September
When are practices?
Tuesday and Thursdays (Starting March 12) 5:00-7:30PM - All Adult paddlers
Saturdays 8:00-11:30AM - All Paddlers (non-race days)
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 2024 first year rate is $180 for adults, or for households with multiple paddlers, $250 per household. The club pays race entry fees for the four sprint races. Each paddler pays their own entry fees for Long Distance races, usually $20 to $50 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 5:00-7:30.
Do I need any equipment?
Always bring some hydration, either a water bottle or CamelBak style hydration 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!