​​ABOUT US

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!

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 15th year coaching at YCKC!

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!

Accepting applications for Racing Program Coaches

Join us this summer!!!

​Want to learn an Olympic sport, enjoy the outdoors and stay fit while you work next 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.

Accepting applications for Evening/Weekend Coaches

Volunteer today!

Accepting applications for CanoeKids Coaches

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Assistant Coaches for 2022

 yorktoncanoekayakclub@yahoo.ca

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 next 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.

YCKC PROGRAMS

More info on our assistant coaches at the bottom of this page!​

If you are willing to volunteer this summer,   


  • 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!
What is Dragon Boating?

Read all about it!

2022 YCKC Coaches
FAQs

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