Coaches

The NPC is working hard alongside our coaches to get the 2020 Paddling season started. More on 2020 coaches coming soon!

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.

Jason Rusu

Jason Rusu has been coaching, paddling and racing sprint kayak for over 30 years.

He has competed around North America and Europe and has had the honour of representing Canada at the 1992 Olympics in the K-2 500m and 1000m events.

More recently he has taken to paddling his Surfski and competing at the Canadian Downwind Championships in Squamish and more local events in the Okanagan.  

Jason is an NNCP Level 3 Certified Competitive Coach and has coached at canoe clubs in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

This year Jason will be coaching the Adult Paddle Group as well as offering Private Lessons/Assessments.