Gig Harbor Canoe/Kayak Racing Team


1) Where is practice? 

At Skansie Park: 3211 Harborview Dr, Gig Harbor, WA 98335


2) Who are the coaches? 

Coach/Founder -- Alan Anderson

Interim Head Coach -- Alyson Morse

Assistant Coach -- Payton Chiou

Assistant Coach -- Kyle Field

Assistant Coach -- Sadie Hanks

Assistant Coach -- Andy Michels

Masters Coach -- Tod Cole 


3) What ages and skill levels are eligible to participate in GHCKRT?

We accomodate all skill levels from novice to international competitor.  While we don't have a strict lower or upper age limit, we mainly look for athletes to be safe on the water.  Sprint canoe and kayak is a difficult sport and not easy to pick up on your own.  Athletes under 12 just need to develop solid fundamentals and learn to love the sport.  In general, we look for prospective athletes to complete one of our summer camp programs.  At the conclusion, they will be evaluated for suitability to join the team.  Alternatively, interested prospective athletes can request a meeting with one of our coaches for a tryout.  Arrange it by emailing [email protected]  Our goal is to serve athletes who are looking to improve, so while athletes need not be elite level to join…our workouts are challenging and we expect all our athletes to work hard and improve everyday.

4) How much does it cost?

Program fee structure using the following principles:

-The operating expenses of the club are covered by dues. We are committed to running a club that has sound financial footing and charging the members of the club exactly what it costs to run a quality program.

Occasional fundraising efforts happen for large events, or special projects such as trips for training, trips to bigger competitions, and purchase of large equipment. 

1) All members of GHCKRT must obtain ACA membership independently and provide a copy of proof of membership.  

Monthly Dues:


                        a.  Athletes/families must commit to a minimum of 3 months with GHCKRT

Regatta fees – The average athlete will attend between 4-6 regattas.  Local regattas will cost about $40 for boat transport and race entries.  Attendance at nationals is highly encouraged for Groups 1 and 2, and those fees are set each year at the time of the event. 

Equipment – The team provides a number of boats and paddles.  Athletes are encouraged to purchase a boat and paddle with coach input.(see equipment tab)  Athletes 12 years of age and under are required to have and wear a US Coast Guard-Approved PFD year round. All athletes are required to have and wear a PFD from Oct 1st -  April 1st and at anytime requested by a coach. 

Fundraising -- The team actively fundraises for capital purchases(boats, chase boats etc) and large events. All families are expected to participate. 

Volunteer hours -- The club is run by volunteers.  All families are expected to participate.

5) Do you have a part time program?

We do not have a part time program per-se mainly because a team comprised of part time athletes does not meet our goal to create a culture of excellence. 

6) How do athletes join GHCKRT?

Outside of the annual summer camps (see summer camps on our website), interested athletes can arrange a meeting with coaches and asked to complete a waiver prior.  Email [email protected] to set up a time and to complete the waiver click the TRY OUT FORM here.  

7) What equipment is required?

The team provides a number of boats and paddles.  Athletes are encouraged to purchase a boat and paddle with coach input.(see equipment tab)  Athletes are required to have a PFD from Oct 1st - April 1st and at anytime requested by a coach.  

8) Do you offer a sibling discount?

No, we do not currently offer a sibling discount. We feel our rates are very competitive and such discounts complicate billing and budgetary planning.