Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Olympic Sprint Canoe Kayak?

What is Para Canoe?

What is Surf Ski Racing (Ocean Kayak Racing)?

What is Kayak Polo?



How do athletes join SDCKT?

Sign up for a FREE TRYOUT on most Saturdays from 9.30-11.30am. Please contact Coach Doug before attending [email protected]

Can I join at any time?

Yes! We are a year round program which you can join at any time.

What ages and skill levels are eligible?

We have different programs for every age group from 8 years old and up, hitting every skill level. SDCKT supplies life jackets but paddlers should be able to swim and comfortable in water.

What should I wear/bring?

Wear what you would normally wear to the beach: swim suit, rash guard, shorts, tshirt etc. Also bring a towel, extra clothes, running shoes, snack & water.

What equipment is required?

All equipment is provided by the club and you will have the chance to try out different types of craft including Olympic sprint Canoes & Kayaks, Surfskis (Ocean Kayaks) and Stand Up Paddle Boards.

What uniform is required?

No uniform is required unless you compete for SDCKT at a regional or national competition.

How much are the fees?

We have different types of Memberships to accommodate Beginners, Racing and Sr members. Scholarships and financial assistance are available for eligible athletes.



Where and when are practices? 

At the Youth Aquatic Center, 1750 Fiesta Island Road. SD CA 92109.

Directions: When you come onto Fiesta Island in East Mission Bay - stay right at the first fork, and again at the second fork where there is a gated parking lot that says Youth Aquatic Center on it - please open the gate and close it after you drive in. Drive to the end of the parking lot by the large building.  Park and walk to the right of the building.  The building will be on your left and the water will be on the right.  Our boathouse is at the end of the fence. NO dogs are allowed inside the gate.

Basic Practices are Monday 4:00-6:00pm; Wednesday 4:00-6:00pm and Saturday 9:30 to 11:30am.

What season(s) do you paddle?

We are a year-round paddle program.

Do you practice when it rains?

Yes! Wet Weather Policy

Who are the coaches? 

Founder and Board Member – Chris Barlow (Olympian 1992)

Canoe Coach and Board Member – Joe Harper (Olympian 1996)

Head Coach and Program Director – Doug Ellery



Members of SDCKT are welcome to bring friends down for a day of paddling.  If you have been invited to paddle, please complete a waiver. You MUST be accompanied by a SDCKT member during all paddling sessions or attend one of the SDCKT set practices.

Out of town paddlers are welcome to join us at any of our scheduled practices. Contact us at [email protected]



How can I support SDCKT?

Fundraising -- The team actively fundraises for capital purchases (boats, chase boats etc.) and large events.

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