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.
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:
If you have a sea kayak or longer recreational kayak, it is possible to bring these into the pool to practice rolling or rescues.