Canoe/Kayak (Race)

Canoe sprint has two different types of craft, the kayak and the canoe.

The word kayak, meaning “man-boat” in Eskimo, was found predominately in North America, Siberia and Greenland. They were ideal for individual transport and were used primarily for hunting and fishing. The canoe, on the other hand, was used on a wider scale. From Native American tribes to the Polynesians, the canoe had a variety uses, primarily transport, trade and warfare. The basics of Canoe sprint are simple. Get to the finish as fast as possible, the fastest person wins.

Canoe Sprint became a full medal sport at the 1936 Berlin Games, the Women’s category was added to the Olympic program in 1948.

At the Leduc Boat Club we offer a sprint program aimed at youngsters from ages 12 to 15. Our Intro to Sprint Canoe program focuses on the basics of kayak and canoe. The kids will be introduced to the sprint canoe & kayak and have the opportunity to try singles and crew boats.