HCKC Pool Sessions

These pool sessions are focused on skill refinement and individual practice for all paddlers - whitewater kayakers,  whitewater and open canoeists, recreational kayakers, and sea kayakers - seeking to practice paddle strokes, bracing, rolling, open water reentries, etc. 

The pool is also popular with freestyle play boaters who want to learn flat water moves such as cartwheels, squirts and stalls and with sea kayakers wanting to refine their roll or work on open water rescues.  It is also a great place to meet other paddlers, find out about upcoming trips, and try out different boats and paddles. Participants often go out for refreshments afterwards to swap paddling stories and watch videos. 

There are no formal classes at these pool sessions, but novice paddlers may ask more experienced paddlers to help teach rolling and basic paddling technique. Please contact 
Dave Ellis (RiverPaPaw@aol.com)  before coming if you are new to paddling, desire coaching, or if you want to borrow a boat for a session.

Poolies at play!
Saturday Pool Sessions - 10:00 am to Noon;   Saturday Sessions will start on Saturday, November 28 continuing through the end of February and maybe through March.

Guests are welcomed to these sessions, but you should become an HCKC member if you use this HCKC resource regularly.  Pool sessions will be canceled in the event of lightning storms, if inclement weather or if holidays close the Recreation Center.  Notice will be sent to the HCKC members mailing list when we are notified that a session will be canceled.

For more information about the pool sessions or to check on availability of boats/people who can train you, email Dave Ellis (RiverPaPaw@aol.com)  before coming to the pool.  Pool information updates are always mailed to the HCKC Members mailing list and are usually posted to our Facebook page.

Also, review the HCKC Pool Policy below.  If you bring your own boat, it must be clean of leaves, dirt, and debris inside and out  before entering the pool.   Pool attendees are asked to pay $10 per session per family.

The pool sessions are held at:
Thatcher Recreation Center
4649 W. Vermont St.
Indianapolis, IN 46222     Link to a map on MapQuest  


  • Participation is restricted to HCKC members and their one-time guests.
  • Participants must sign in each session and pay $10.00 per family per session.
  • Please make certain your boat is clean and free of debris inside and out before bringing it into the pool.
  • First time participants must check-in with the pool coordinator before entering the pool.
  • Participants must be able to swim.
  • Participants must have the ability to self-rescue (wet exit at a minimum). First time visitors must demonstrate this ability.
  • Participants must maintain control of their boats and equipment at all times.
  • Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • There will be no swimming or diving.
  • Participants are expected to be courteous and safety conscious at all times.
  • Indy Park Rules require that no one or their equipment is allowed on the pool deck before the designated start time and that all boats and gear must be removed from the pool deck promptly at the designated end time.