Welcome to the Nelson Paddling Club!
We are celebrating our 30th year so come join us for a summer of paddling fun on beautiful Kootenay Lake!
The Nelson Paddling Club was founded in 1991. Since then it has been a steady presence for the Kootenay Lake communities. NPC is located at Lakeside Park, offering classes, outings, and boat storage. NPC strives to provide an inclusive, safe, and welcoming space for everyone to participate in paddling sports and physical activity regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. We welcome individuals with physical disabilities and strive to adapt programming to individual athletes needs. Write to us if you have some ideas about some paddling programs we could develop at email@example.com
REGISTER TO BECOME A NPC MEMBER and start having paddling fun on Kootenay Lake:
- Create a personal profile here on our registration system https://bit.ly/3oi19DM
- Sign up for a NPC membership and Choose your program
- An email will be sent to you confirming your Membership & your NPC programs with links to pay (e-transfer to NPCsignup2021@gmail.com)
- Then you are all set, the coach will be in touch, and then you can START PADDLING!!
Wondering about Boathouse Space Rentals for your boat or SUP? Our boathouse is outfitted with special shelving for kayaks and other water crafts. If you are interested in renting a berth in our boathouse please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put _Boathouse Space Rental _in the subject. We are now taking names on a waitlist. Thank you.
Questions about our programs? Contact the Coach! You can reach our Head Coach, Zoe, at email@example.com Questions about our Club or want to get more involved? Contact our NPC Board at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your patience this year everyone. Have a safe, joyful paddling season!
NPC COVID-19 LINKS
- Paddling Signup Sheet
- Daily Screening Checklist
- Sequence of Actions
- Policy & Guidelines
- Return to Paddle Plan
- 2021 programs (read more)
Latest News: Cardboard kayaks take over Nelson’s Lakeside beach
Posted Saturday 10 August 2019
Cardboard and duct tape.
That’s all you are allowed to use, and you have to make the kayak in the park just before the race.
On Monday, racers paddled their kayaks down the lake and around a pylon and back. Many didn’t make it – they floundered and sank, often slowly and hilariously.
The event is organized by the Nelson Paddling Club and sponsored by Columbia Basin trust and Telus. This year there were three race categories: kids, families, and adults.
There were 71 entries this year, up from 46 last year, according to Heather Potkins who organized the event along with Tessa Timmermans and Carson VanHorne.
Frances Tait and Fyn Taylor won the kids’ race.
“I’m feeling really good,” said Fyn after the big win.
“Like a champion,” said Frances.
What was the winning feature of their kayak design?
“The point at the front,” they said. “And it was waterproof. There were no holes.”
See a video of the event on the online version of this story at nelsonstar.com.
Credit: Bill Metcaf, Nelson Star
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Featured Coach: Zoe Taylor
My name is Zoe Taylor, the 2021 head coach for the Nelson Paddling Club. I would describe myself as a genuine, positive person and I am so excited to get to know everyone and I will do my very best to help you achieve your paddling goals.
I have been passionate about paddling for five years now and coaching since 2019. I also have experience coaching for the Nelson Nordic Ski Club, and am ready to use everything I know and have learned to create and direct the very best programs possible. I have learned lots from everyone I have coached and coached with along the way. In addition, I always make sure to stay up to date on all the newest coaching techniques, in order to be the best coach I can be.
I have experience paddling at several regattas and attended the 2019 Nationals in Regina, Saskatchewan. While paddling is my main activity, I also enjoy cross country skiing, mountain biking, and spending time outdoors in general. This fall I will be studying Sciences at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC.
Above all else this summer, I want to get as many people as possible out to experience the joy of paddling on Kootenay Lake! I look forward to meeting you.