Give it a go and join us!

New people are welcome all year round to come and try outrigger canoeing. You don’t need any previous experience and we will provide you with a paddle. The only requirement is that you can swim and tread water.  We also require a medical certificate to show you are fit to paddle if you are over 55 and are new to the sport.  While this is not required for your first come and try session, we will need this certificate if you choose to continue paddling.

Step 1: Come and Try

Your first three sessions are free while you decide if you like the sport and enjoy the atmosphere of our club.

There are four outrigger clubs on the Sunshine Coast and we all have our own culture, training styles and goals. So please feel free to meet us and see if we are the right fit for you.

Step 2: Join AOCRA and pay insurance

As an AOCRA member you are covered by insurance.  Details about this policy can be found here.

To join AOCRA, click here, select the SQ Zone and scroll down to Outrigger Caloundra to join.  This is an annual registration that is $70 for adults and $45 for juniors.

Step 3: Fill out an Outrigger Caloundra membership form and pay a membership fee

Our club membership fees for seniors are $100 for your first year and $200 thereafter.  Junior fees are $100 per year, every year.  This fee is payable direct to our club.  Our banking details are on the footer below.

Our club membership is based on the financial year calendar.  If you join after December, we can offer you a pro rata rate.

Click on the link for a membership application form OCCC Membership Application for Novice Paddler 2017-18

Send your completed form to occcsec@hotmail.com

As a member you will be expected to help us with fundraising events and volunteer throughout the year.

Step 4: Join Teamer to receive invites to training, social and fundraising events

The coaches use an online team management system to help us plan training sessions and select crews for competitions. It is also used for inviting people to social events, advising members about committee meetings and coordinating our weekly meat tray raffle.

The account can be found here http://tinyurl.com/pfwkk4d

New members do not need to use this system. If you decide to join the club, you will be asked to join and we can help you set it up. You can receive alerts and invitations via email and/or via the mobile phone app.

Step 5: Join our Members Facebook Group

Request to join our closed group here. This is not complusory but a great way to stay in the loop!  Non Facebook users will still receive information via our newsletter.

Step 6: Get to know about our club, committee, outrigger technique and the history of the sport

Read our E-Welcome Information This includes info about our committee and how our club operates.

Click here to read one of our newsletters about outrigger technique.  While this may seem overwhelming, just remember, there are a million ways to paddle but if you are smiling you are doing it right!

Click here to read one of our newsletters about the history of outrigging, how to recover from a huli, roles in the boat and race starts.

Crew Selection

The coaches are excited about Caloundra’s potential in the 2018 race season.  We want it to be fun, fair, transparent and rewarding for everyone.  So please, talk to Gav about your individual goals and how the club can assist you to paddle at your best this season!

Crews will be selected based on the criteria below.  Please feel free to discuss these elements of crew selection with Gav.  He is available anytime to discuss why and how decisions are made throughout the race season.

  1. Blending. This is the most important component of selecting a crew. If a paddler cannot keep with the rhythm of the canoe, the canoe will not run and not move as quickly. A paddler’s strength is only of use if it is used in time with the other paddlers in the canoe, the rhythm of the canoe is one of the most important contributing factors to the canoe’s speed. Attendance at training allows the coach to assess how a crew blends. This may involve seat swaps within the canoe and between canoes.  Sometimes simply swapping seats e.g. 3 and 4 will make a big difference to the running of the canoe
  2. Attitude. The paddler’s attitude towards the canoe, the steerer, the crew and the coaches is important to ensure the crew performs at it’s optimum. A negative attitude impacts on crew performance. A crew is better off without someone with a negative attitude regardless of paddling ability. How a paddler receives and uses feedback is an indication of attitude.
  3. Fitness. It is every paddler’s responsibility to ensure they are fit enough to race, remembering fitness is specific, that means, to be paddling fit you must paddle otherwise your crew members are penalised by having to work harder than is necessary. It is a personal responsibility to ensure they are doing the necessary work outside the canoe (if you are not sure ask the coach).To assess a paddler’s paddling fitness the coach will consider: attendance at training, performance at training, OC1/OC2 paddling and other fitness work being done.
  1. Paddling Experience. The coach will consider the paddler’s ability to handle the ocean conditions and a huli.  Performance and composure going over the bar is a good indicator for the coach.
  2. Racing Experience. The coach will consider the paddler’s previous race experience, this includes having the ability to be sufficiently focused to paddle at a competitive level whilst contributing strength and power to the canoe.
  3. Club Mindedness. OCCC is a small club in a transition phase and as such the club at this stage does not have the ability to have members who just paddle a canoe. For the club to provide its members with the latest race canoes, paddles for 1st year paddlers, OC2s for 1st year OC2 racers, PFDs, tow ropes, rigging materials etc. it is essential for all members to contribute some time to raising funds. This involves attendance at Power Boat Club raffles as rostered and potential other fundraising ventures as they arise. Also, contributing to set up and clean up for training sessions and races. If a paddler repeatedly avoids involvement in these ventures it could jeopardise their selection for a crew.
  4. Coaches Call. At the end of the day decisions have to be made and the coach will make the call.