YCKC's DEVELOPMENTAL REGATTA 2016 at York Lake Regional Park, Yorkton, SK was a particularly special event as YCKC celebrated 30 years of serving Yorkton and District! The day was enjoyed by all who watched beginner paddlers race to the finish line in Olympic style races for the Olympic sports of sprint canoe and kayaking, complete with podium ceremonies—Gold, Silver, Bronze medals included! Dragon Boat teams raced to be the 2016 champions!

YCKC is ever grateful to its sponsors— City of Yorkton, CKS, KidSport, Scoops Yorkton, Flaman Sales and Rentals Yorkton, Canadian Tire Yorkton, Yorkton This Week, Park’s Jewellery Yorkton, Real Canadian Superstore Yorkton, Harvest Meats, M&M Meats, Discovery Motorsports, and Penguin Ice! THANK YOU for helping to make YCKC's 2016 Developmental Regatta successful!

YCKC Executive and paddlers say a special THANK YOU to the parents and volunteers who donated time, items, and skills towards this regatta and to the club in general! We are forever grateful for the making of wonderful memories, with more to come!

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​​​​​​Assistant Coach Kylan Shea

YCKC extends a warm welcome to Kylan Shea as Assistant Coach. This bilingual, elite hockey player and athlete brings leadership, sports, and academic proficiency to YCKC’s 2017 summer programming. Kylan, a former Yorkton high school graduate, gained sports experience from various provinces across the nation as well as in the Northwest Territories, with his father being in the RCMP. In September, Kylan continues his university studies in Criminal Justice, with aspirations of a career in law.

YCKC is grateful to the following organizations for their ongoing support:


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 looks forward to her 10th summer coaching at YCKC!


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!

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 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’s Developmental Regattas are a success on all fronts! Paddlers from western provinces grace the podium alongside Yorkton paddlers during the medal ceremonies.
This regatta is important in that it provides beginner canoers and kayakers an opportunity to compete for gold in K1, K2, K4, C1, C2, and C4 races that are 200 m., 500 m., and 1000 m. in length. Athletes experience Olympic-style competition in a safe and fun environment.
We thank all paddlers, coaches, and parents who drive distances during the wee hours of the morning, in order to participate. We are particularly grateful to YCKC volunteers who donate over 260 hours in order to make these regattas a success! Feedback we've received:

“In discussing this regatta, there isn’t one thing we’d change!”
"So very well organized!"
“We’ve attended many regattas – this has been the best.”
“It should be two days next time.”
“This is such an important experience for these athletes.”
“Thank you again for putting on such a wonderful regatta last weekend. I was truly impressed with how smoothly everything ran. My kids had a wonderful time and were all talking about the regatta this morning at practice. It was such a great opportunity for them.”

  • Competitive: Athletes who train for competition
  • Recreational: Paddlers can experience the sport without the pressure of competition.
  • PaddleFit: Structured canoe/kayak workouts!
  • DragonFit: Learn basic technique while working out!
  • Dragon Boat Competition:  10 Paddlers, 1 Drummer, 1 Steersperson in one canoe.
  • Paddle-All:  Athletes with special needs interested in the sport​
  • Schools/Businesses/Groups: Please book a time with YCKC!
YCKC coaches and volunteers are RESPECT IN SPORT and CanoeKids certified. For more info about these courses, click here:

​​​​​Assistant Coach Evan Lajambe

YCKC is pleased to welcome back Assistant Coach Evan, who has completed his first year towards a Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Calgary. Fluent in both French and English, Evan brings to YCKC a bevy of skills, awards, and certifications to include training in Track & Field, Cross Country sports, an expertise with computers, online apps/programs, etc., as well as coaching and paddling experience with YCKC in 2016. Evan’s strong work ethic, leadership skills, and team spirit are valued attributes indeed, and well appreciated by YCKC members and program participants! Evan returns to Calgary in the Fall to continue with his university studies.

​​Assistant Coach Natasha Murray

YCKC is pleased to welcome 'Tasha' as an assistant coach for this 2017 season! Tasha brings to the club multiple awards and certifications, these to include her being a swimming and CANSail instructor, an Early Childhood educator, a Restricted Radio Operator, Small Craft Rescue/CPR expert—the list goes on. Awards and honours received include the Department of National Defence’s Medal of Excellence, the Navy League of Canada’s Admiral Yanow Award for Merit (an honour given for the displaying of great leadership and citizenship), and the award of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet of the Year, as bestowed upon Tasha by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth in recognition of Tasha’s outstanding leadership and service “of the highest order to the Navy League of Canada and the Royal Sea Cadets movement”.  Natasha returns to university in the Fall, to continue with her studies in psychology towards a Bachelor Degree.​



Summer Coaching Positions
Want to learn an Olympic sport and get 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:


P.O. Box 1123 Yorkton SK  S3N 2X3  CA