Frequently Asked Questions:

This Section covers some of the most commonly asked questions.  If you are looking for more information, contact us.
How is it different from rowing?

Rowers look where they been; canoeists and kayaks look where they are going…that makes us “forward-thinking”.

Who?

Middle and high school aged kids (13+)

What?

Flatwater canoe and kayak paddling and racing.  We practice both marathon style and sprint (Olympic style) paddling.

Where?

On weekdays, practices will begin at the Long Lake boat launch in New Brighton. From June – August we participate in the Thursday night races hosted by Hoigaards from Thomas Beach on Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis.  Weekend paddles are usually on the Rum or St. Croix rivers. Carpooling TBD at practice; paddlers will be informed of the location and time during weekday practices.  Maps.

When?

We paddle when there is open water (April/May thru Sept/Oct). Our schedule will firm up as the lakes melt.

How Long?

Practice will generally be 1.5 – 2 hours. Races vary: 30-90 minutes on average. That doesn’t include the potluck parties afterwards. 🙂

How much does it cost?

See membership form for options.  RCBC membership covers boats & paddles, USCA membership and liability insurance.

For optional events, there are additional fees for gas, camping, food and race entry.

What equipment do you need to buy?

The first year, you can use club paddles and a lifejacket (PFD).  Second-year paddlers are encouraged to buy their own paddle and PFD.

  • Paddles are sleek, lightweight, high-tech composites. They are not your grandmother’s or grandfather’s heavy BWCA touring paddles.
  • PFDs will be worn at practices.  You’ll want one that fits correctly and is easy to wear while paddling.  We will have several samples and sources to purchase them at the informational meeting.
What clothing do you need?

For most of the season, shorts, T-shirts or tank tops are fine.   In the early season, wind pants, jackets, Under Armour and waterproof boots work well – multiple layers, polypro or coolmax fabrics – NO COTTON!!!  A drybag to keep your stuff dry is required.  Old running shoes or water shoes are important to protect the feet since there are often rocks and portaging is involved,

How can I help?

We need parents to drive, chaperone and ideally with full-size vehicles to pull a trailer loaded with canoes, paddles, and smelly life jackets or kids.

Why Paddle?

Cross training gets results!

  • Sarah Tokos – Irondale HS grad. Named to USA Jr World Team 2013, winning 2 Silver medals with partner at first nationals ever. Photo Finish at 2012 Nationals (K-1 500m, Silver); Made Jr National Team 2nd season of paddling; Bronze 500m K-1 at 2013 Lake Placid International.
  • Devin Arenz – St. Paul:  Past Vasaloppet 42K champion. Was 7th with his brother 3 years ago at the Au Sable canoe marathon.
  • Kate Ellis – Minneapolis:  Part of a Midwest team of masters paddlers who won the Women’s Na Wahine O Ke Kai (outrigger race) in Hawaii. One of the most sought-after female paddlers in the country. Skiing feats too numerous to list.
  • Mike Brumbaugh – St. Paul:  kayak paddler, winner Chippewa Triathlon, multiple Two Harbors Kayak Festival wins.
  • Ben Hugus – The best teenage paddler in Midwest, finished 5th at Wisconsin’s High School State Championship ski race in 2008.
  • Jennifer Caldwell – Photo is on ‘The Wall’ at Telemark Lodge. Placed 6th several years ago at the General Clinton canoe race (among all the top guys!)
  • Serge Corbin – The King of marathon canoe racing trained with Pierre Harvey (Top World Cup skier in the ’80s) in Quebec.
  • Al Limberg – Won the Au Sable canoe marathon in 2006 (at age 48!). Finished 34th at the Birkie about 10 years ago. Many Top 5 finishes at the Vasaloppet 42K race.
  • Tim Treibold – World class paddler for 30+ years with many victories in the biggest races. Won a trip to Norway at the Birkie years ago for winning the Citizen’s race.
Weather Policy
Unless there is severe weather, we will meet.
If it is raining hard, otherwise, in light rain, we will paddle.
Many times storms pass through quickly or it may be raining hard in one area and not the other.
Coaches will be at the location (unless there is a tornado or T-storms).
Coaches will also send out a group text with updates one hour before.

Support Our Kids

We are accepting donations of used canoes and kayaks.