Join Kahakai Outrigger Canoe Club
Joining an outrigger canoe club will challenge you. It will push your limits, help you gain social and leadership skills, and award you with better health.
New paddlers learn how to paddle properly, how to recover from a huli (flipped-over canoe), how to feel the water and the flow of a moving canoe, and learn the culture of this historic Polynesian sport.
A new paddler is known as a Novice (1st year paddlers) and compete against other Novices from different clubs.
Please visit the novice page, where you will find Novice coaches for both men and women teams, Kahakai Waivers and SCORA Waivers, and recommended videos to improve your paddling skills.
All Ages Welcome (Age Divisons)
12 and Under Girls - 12 and Under Boys
14 and Under Girls - 14 and Under Boys
16 and Under Girls - 16 and Under Boys
Juniors Women (19 and under) - Juniors Men (19 and under)
Novice (All ages 1st year paddlers) Women - Novice (All ages 1st year paddlers)
Open Women (age 20-35)-Open Men (age 20-35)
Masters Women (age 35 and up) - Masters Men (age 35 and up)
Senior Master Women (age 45 and up) - Senior Master Men (age 45 and up)
Golden Masters Women (age 50 and up) - Golden Masters Men (age 55 and up)
Kahakai Outrigger Canoe Club Dues
New Paddlers - Off Season $75
We have an off season paddling program for new paddlers. It is called “Winter Lites” and is held each Saturday from October through March. It is a great way to have an extended trial period with our club and outrigger paddling. The New Paddler cost will be credited to the yearly dues if you continue for the novice race season.
Novice Paddlers - Full Season $350
Adult (18+) Dues-$400
Yearly membership in Kahakai includes all Scora fees for the Iron races, Sprints, 9-man and Catalina races. Members may be able to store OC-1 canoes in our shed when space becomes available. Payment is due by April 1st each year.
Restorative Paddler Membership $200
This year we will also be offering a Restorative Paddler membership. This is set up for paddlers who want to develop skills and conditioning or who need time to heal from an injury and would not be able to race this year. Paddlers will be able to join in on casual off season paddling as well as community events. Restorative Paddlers will be able to join race season practices with the coaches permission. This is a great way to get/stay in shape for next year’s season or to stay involved with the club while rehabilitating an injury.
It’s free to tryout paddling with our club. Please send us an email and introduce yourself and set up a time to paddle with us. You can come out two or three trips and we’d then ask you to decide if you would like to join our team.
We have equipment for you to use. We have paddles to loan out. Most people buy a paddle if they join the team but you don’t need to do that right away.
You need to know how to swim. While you don’t need to be a distance swimmer, you do need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim and tread water.
Canoes tip over- they do that. If the canoe tips over - you will end up in the water- You have to remain calm, check on your teammates, help right the canoe, bail out the water and be able to pull yourself back into the canoe.
We are a racing club. While we like to have social and community events, our focus is racing. Recreational paddling is enjoyable but is secondary. Please feel free to join our club and attend events and paddle with us but if your goal is strictly recreational there may be other clubs or sports set up for that purpose.
The best time to start is from October through March Earlier is better - if you’re new to the sport -join anytime in those six months to have the best experience. You’ll be ready to race the next spring and have a fun and successful race season.