FAQs
What is SPRINT CANOE/KAYAKING?

Flatwater/Sprint Canoe and Kayaking takes place on lakes and calm rivers: 

  • It is a competitive and Olympic sport;
  • Boats are narrow and fast (and kinda tippy);
  • Distances are 200m, 500m, 1000m, 6km;
  • Boats can be singles (K1 or C1), doubles (K2 or C2), fours (K4 or C4) or War Canoe (15 paddlers)       (K= kayak, C = Canoe);
  • Kayaks have a rudder that controls steering;
  • Canoers paddle on one knee and only on one side;
  • Paddlers do not need to "roll".  If one flips the boat, one simply falls out!
YCKC coaches and volunteers are RESPECT IN SPORT and CanoeKids certified. For more info about these courses, click here:
 http://www.sasksport.sk.ca/RiS/

​​​​​​Summer Assistant Coaches 
Want to learn an Olympic sport, enjoy the outdoors and stay fit while you work this Summer? Become an Assistant Coach at YCKC! University students who enjoy the outdoors, are self-motivated/take initiative, have a strong work ethic, like working with kids and those with disabilities, and who have their own accommodation and transportation in the Yorkton/Melville area are invited to apply. Preference is given to those who have lifeguard certification. Email your updated Résumé to: yorktoncanoekayakclub@yahoo.ca.

ABOUT US
  • Competitive: Athletes who train for competition
  • Recreational: Paddlers can experience the sport without the pressure of competition.
  • PaddleFit: Structured canoe/kayak workouts!
  • Paddle-All:  Athletes with special needs interested in the sport​
  • Schools/Businesses/Groups: Please book a time with YCKC!
Head Coach Jessica Riley  

YCKC’s Head Coach, Jessica Riley, is a certified NLS Lifeguard, NCCP coach, and a member of the provincial coaching association. Coach Riley holds a Saskatchewan Professional A Teacher Certificate. Coach Riley began paddling at YCKC, competing as a sprint kayaker in the 2000 Sask Summer Games, and as a competitive sprint canoer in various regattas. She is committed to inspiring paddlers in the sport of canoeing and kayaking by providing a fun, safe, and educational experience for all. Coach Riley  served as Head Coach for Team SK at the Canada Day 2019 Canada Cup East competition in Ottawa, and looks forward to her 13th year coaching at YCKC!

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2020 YCKC Coaches

LENA PAYNE, Assistant Coach 

YCKC warmly welcomes Lena to our 2020 Summer Coaching Staff! Lena brings to YCKC members and participants her expertise as a certified basketball coach along with her athletic accomplishments in basketball, volleyball, and golf. Lena will instruct YCKC’s CanoeKids program participants this summer before returning to university in September to complete her studies in speech pathology. Welcome to the team, Lena!

YCKC PROGRAMS

SARAH WALKER, Assistant Coach/Administrator

YCKC is thrilled to welcome Sarah on board as an Assistant Coach and Club Administrator. In addition to her awesome work ethic and administrative skills, Sarah is also bilingual, a seasoned musician, and an accomplished athlete in sports such as Cross Country, and Track and Field. Sarah’s current studies at university are directed towards her becoming a French Immersion teacher. YCKC is excited to have Sarah’s upbeat and welcoming personality greet your when you drop-in to paddle this summer!

What is Dragon Boating?

Read all about it!

RAYA CUTHILL, Assistant Coach

YCKC is pleased to welcome back Raya for another summer assisting with YCKC’s Racing Program! In addition to her coaching leadership, Raya makes our club proud as a competitive kayaker who not only placed well at local, divisional, and national regattas, but who in 2019 Raya ranked third overall in Western Canada in the K1 200m event. Raya brought home numerous medals in other events from the Western Canada Summer Games. Raya’s dedication to the sport of sprint canoe/kayak has her training year-round in preparation to compete at the Canadian Sprint Canoe/Kayak Championships (Nationals) and at the next Canada Summer Games. Her skills as a paddler and YCKC coach are complemented by Raya having been a competitive gymnast for nine years as well as coaching gymnastics, holding certification with Gymnastics Canada. When not paddling, Raya enjoys running, swimming, surfing, hiking, and traveling. Upon completing her university degree in education, Raya’s goal is to teach English in a third-world country.

BLAST FROM THE PAST

The Yorkton Canoe and Kayak Club(YCKC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing and developing the sport of Flatwater/Sprint Canoe and Kayak in Yorkton and District.

​For over 30 years, YCKC has offered programs for all ages! YCKC is known for hosting its annual Yorkton Developmental Regatta, which draws in athletes from around the province to compete in a challenging yet fun filled environment. YCKC athletes have made Yorkton proud by representing their club at local, provincial, and national regattas, always competing with sportsmanship, dedication, and excellence. 

​Though mainly a Sprint Club, YCKC also offers Learn-to-Paddle, Recreational, Group, and Rental programs that focus on paddling safety, healthy and active lifestyle, and having fun! In 2014, YCKC started a Dragon Boat program as well as Paddle-All (partnership with Sask Abilities).

​YCKC is a member of Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) and Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC).

​YCKC's coaches and Executive are committed to creating a positive, challenging, and fun environment for everyone.  All Executive and Coaches are Respect in Sport certified.  We are open to new ideas on how to improve our club and its service to the community! Email and/or call us. We look forward to seeing you on the water!

YCKC thanks the following organizations for their ongoing support over the years: