Coming Events

Aug 26 Kailua Bay Challenge


FAQ

New Paddler Frequently Asked Questions

 

When are practices?
Weekday afternoons and sometimes on the weekends.  Look for the Crews link under the Paddling & Racing tab on the website or check the bulletin board at the site for days and times.

Who is my coach?
Coach assignments are listed here and posted on the bulletin board at the practice site.

How do I know what division I am in?
If you are under 18 you paddle in your age group (age on 1/1 of the racing year).  If you have never paddled before and you are 19-60, you are a Novice B.  If you have paddled before, even in one outrigger race, you are a Novice A.

What should I wear?
Most people like to wear board shorts, or bike shorts and a lightweight/athletic T-shirt. Wear clothing that can get wet and that you could swim in if you needed to.  Wear sunscreen.  Your coach may ask you to bring running shoes.

What if I have never paddled before?
We love to teach people to paddle.  For the Novice B division, it is a requirement that you have never raced in outrigger canoes before.  So everyone will be in the same boat, so to speak, as you are.

What if I just want to try it?
Great!  Be sure to sign a waiver at the registration desk.  Then come to practice for a week or two and see how you like it.

What if I can’t come until May or June?
We accept members throughout the season.  If you start the season half way through, you may not be able to race this year, but you will have lots of fun and a great start for next season.  On the other hand, some people learn quickly and if crews are not over full, there is a chance you will race.

What if I will be going on vacation this summer?
Be sure to tell your coach about any travel plans.  It is ideal to be at each practice, but people do leave for short periods during the season. If you will be away the entire summer (all of the regattas) you may want to consider waiting until next season to paddle.

Do I need a paddle?
We have a few practice paddles. Once you commit to paddling for the season, you will need to buy a paddle. Check with your coach to see what type of paddle they are recommending. We have some paddles for sale at a reasonable price. Paddles sized for you can also be purchased from canoe builder Bob Puakea. You can reach him at 808.247.1428. Kialoa paddles available at a discount through Outrigger Connection in Kailua 808.261.8424. Local paddle shops like Island Paddler and Twogood Kayaks also sell canoe paddles.

How long are practices?
Generally an hour to 90 minutes.

When are the races?
Races are held on Sundays, with the State race on the first Saturday in August. Click here for the official OHCRA race schedule.

Are the kids the same age as my child?
The age that a youth paddler is on January 1st of the racing year is the youngest age group he/she can race in this year. Youth in the same crew will be generally of similar age.

How much does it cost?
Dues total $225 for adults and $170 for youth for the regatta season. This includes use of the equipment and coaching, race entry, registration and administrative fees, banquet ticket, and a club T-shirt.

I paid, now what?
Be sure to note when your crew practices and who your coach is. Check out our website to learn more about the club.

What kind of shape should I be in?
You need to be able to swim. Ideally, you are involved in other sports and have a high level of strength, flexibility and endurance.  However, many people come to us with no athletic experience.  All are welcome.

Is it safe?
Regatta paddling is generally very safe.  Of course, you must know how to swim and be comfortable in the water. As with any sport, accidents can happen, so do your best to prevent accidents by following your coaches directions and staying alert during practices.

What do I bring first day of practice?
Your well-hydrated, lightly clothed, sun screened self, a paddle if you have one, a hat or visor, and a positive attitude.   You should have slippers, a towel and water bottle available also.

What is the difference between regatta and distance seasons?
The regatta season lasts from the first day of practices (starting at the end of March) through the first Saturday in August, which is the State Championship Regatta. Races are from 1/4 mile to 1-1/2 miles in length.

Following the State Championship is the Long Distance season; with races beginning at 5 miles and culminating with the Molokai Hoe race (October 11, 2015) for men from Molokai to Oahu.

The women have a similar race on September 27, 2015 called Na Wahine O Ke Kai.

What does the club expect from me?
We expect each paddler to become the best paddler they can be and to contribute in positive ways to the club. Please see the Paddler Expectations.

Once I have paid my dues, can I come and paddle from time to time for exercise?
It is an expectation that you will commit to your crew and to the club for the summer and make as many practices as possible.

Other questions?
Just send it to us.