Jericho Paddling Club – OC1 and OC6 Outrigger Clinics, Vancouver, BC – June 15 & 16, 2024

The Jericho Paddling Club will be hosting two outrigger technique clinics with experienced teacher, coach, and world champion athlete Leanne Stanley from Kelowna, BC on Saturday, June 15, 2024 (OC1) and Sunday, June 16, 2024 (OC6) at the Jericho Sailing Centre, 1300 Discovery St, Vancouver, BC.

OC1 Clinic (Saturday, June 15, 2024): In this 2ish hour technical clinic, paddlers will build on Leanne’s Three L’s: Lock, Load & Launch. Leanne will take a deeper dive into stroke mechanics to reveal the intricacies that can be difference makers for many paddlers. Along with providing personal feedback for each paddlers, Leanne will go over stroke philosophy, different strokes for different situations, training/racing strategies, and more! This clinic is geared towards paddlers that feel they have a solid paddling foundation and want to find a way to squeak out some more speed.
Target group of paddlers is intermediate and advanced OC1 paddlers.
Clinic capacity is 12 and attendees need to provide their own boats.

OC6 Clinic (Sunday, June 16, 2024): This 2ish hour technical clinic, paddlers will build on Leanne’s Three L’s: Lock, Load & Launch. The session can be tailored to the needs of the paddlers/crews/clubs and usually focuses on crew blend. Leanne will go over stroke philosophy, body positioning, and stroke mechanics. Teams will come away with a repertoire of drills and strategies to help them self-assess their technique as individuals and as a crew.
Target group of paddlers is intermediate and advanced OC6 paddlers.
Clinic capacity is 12 and boats will be provided.

Clinic cost: $50 per paddler (each day is a separate clinic with a separate fee).

For further information, contact Charissa Tehrani at

EDBRC OC1/OC2 Outrigger Clinic, Edmonton, AB – June 14, 2024

The Edmonton Dragon Boat Racing Club – Outrigger will be hosting an outrigger technique clinic with internationally renowned outrigger coach, Vesna Radonich of Gisborne, Aotearoa New Zealand, on Friday, June 14, 2024 at 5:00pm at Edmonton Dragonboat Racing Club, 10296 87 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 1N6, Canada.

The WakaFit OC1 / OC2 Functional workshop is 2 hours for paddlers to understand the functional movements of paddling, learn the skills, tools to enable the right muscles to be used in paddling to generate the most effective power output specific to single craft or OC2. Vesna will teach tips and techniques that will enable you to paddle smarter, straighter with more confidence and power in your stroke, along with rigging tips.

The workshop is open to all paddlers, all levels wanting to learn to be faster and smarter on and off the water. This will also ensure that our paddlers are paddling the smartest and effective way to minimize injury, increase power and enjoyment of paddling.

Clinic cost: $20 per paddler (Clinic capacity: 20 paddlers).

For further information, contact Kim Borres at

Revised -Kelowna Paddle Centre – Outrigger Technique and Steering Clinics – June 8, 2024

Kelowna Paddle Centre will be hosting two outrigger paddling clinics with Eric Mitchell on June 8, 2024 (in addition to inidvidually booked sessions with Eric).

Technique Basics
Time: 2:00pm-4:00pm / Cost: $10.00 per paddler / Clinic Capacity: 20

Join us for an Outrigger Canoe Paddling Clinic tailored specifically for beginner paddlers, led by the experienced and passionate coach, Eric Mitchell. This 2-hour clinic is designed to introduce newcomers to the fundamentals of outrigger canoeing while emphasizing the importance of proper technique to ensure a safe and enjoyable paddling experience.

Under Coach Eric’s expert guidance, participants will start with a brief onshore introduction to outrigger canoe terminology, parts of the canoe, and essential safety protocols. Once on the water, Eric will break down the basic paddling stroke, including how to hold the paddle correctly, body positioning for optimal power and efficiency, and the rhythm necessary for smooth paddling.

The session will also cover essential teamwork skills, as paddling an outrigger canoe requires synchronized effort and communication among crew members.


Steering Basics
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm / Cost: $10.00 per paddler / Clinic Capacity: 20

Advance your outrigger canoeing skills with our specialized 2-hour Paddling Clinic focused exclusively on steering, guided by the knowledgeable and dedicated coach, Eric Mitchell. This clinic is designed for paddlers who are ready to take on the crucial role of a steersperson, ensuring you master the art of directing and controlling the canoe with confidence and precision.

Under Eric’s expert instruction, participants will begin with an essential review of the responsibilities and techniques unique to steering. The onshore briefing will cover topics such as understanding the mechanics of the outrigger canoe, positions, and the interplay between the paddlers and the steersperson.

Once on the water, Coach Eric will delve into key steering techniques as well as how to effectively use the paddle to correct and maintain the canoe’s course. You’ll learn how to anticipate and respond to various water conditions and wind directions to ensure steady navigation.

Eric will also cover strategies for communication with your fellow paddlers, as successful steering relies heavily on teamwork and coordination.


Eric Mitchell is a Master Outrigger Paddler. When it comes to Outrigger paddling few have better credentials. During his 30+ years coaching Eric has taken numerous winning teams to state championships, from High School through to the top ranking men and women’s teams.  Over the past 25 years he has medaled in every regatta and race he has entered, he has won: 138 gold medals, 28 silver medals, and 7 bronze medals.

For further information, call KPC at (250) 718-4004.