based upon two principles, culture and tangible activities
believed that canoes have a life, each has a distinct and separate personality
in the ocean. The canoe is a integral
part of the team and carries paddlers safety into the ocean and home again. Keauhou Canoe Club expects all paddlers to
treat canoes with respect and do not take them for granted or treat them
Do not sit or
lean on a canoe except in a designated seat area once the canoe is in the
water. Canoes are fragile and care must
be taken in all aspects of paddling.
When canoes are lifted, be sure the ʻama and iako (outrigger) portion of
the canoe is supported off the ground.
Canoes should not be dropped or touch the ground during launch or
Do not step
over the body of the canoe, if a paddler needs to move to another area, walk
around the canoe. This is a gesture of
courtesy to the canoe to do so.
angry words have no place in the canoe.
Canoes are to
be addressed by their proper Hawaiian name.
Steersman commands may be in English or Hawaiian and responsibility of
the paddler to understand each of the commands used in paddling.
process is managed by the Steersman, also known as the captain of the crew and
not on a first come first serve basis.
No paddles are to be placed in the canoes to reserve seats.
paddle in your hand while the Steersmen organize crews. Steersmen balance crews by assessing paddling
experience, size, age, seniority, pleasant dispositions, swimmers, strength, endurance and expected pace of paddling
canoes are organized first, single hulls will be filled according to criteria
listed above. A standardized procedure
is used to launch and recover canoes.
Steersmen are well versed in the procedure and communicate with the crew
throughout the process.
function as a team and optimal results are achieved when paddling together as
one. Steersmen dictate pace (stroke
rate) of the canoe which are adjusted
based upon water/weather conditions, crew capabilities, location and other
factors. Crew members follow the lead of
Seat #1 known as the Stroker who paddles at stroke rate dictated by the
Steersman. Timing is essential,
synchronize stroke to mirror the Stroker, follow commands for changes and
direction from the Steersman.
paddling incorporates various types of strokes, speed and technique,
adaptability is key in order to ensure the crew and canoe are synchronized
during a paddling session. Follow instructions
of the Steersman and other paddlers to adapt stroke rate and style. Paddling in an outrigger canoe is far
different from other types of water sports such as river paddling and kyaking. If you have experience in other water sports
please inquire with other paddlers or Steersmen as to what type of stroke is
used in outrigger paddling.
should be prepared for the canoe to ʻhuliʻ or capsize in the water. In the event of a huli, paddlers should be
able to wime or tread water for a minimum of ten (10) up to thiry (30)
minutes. Your Steersman is experienced
in huli recovery and will direct the crew in righting and bailing the canoe as
a team. See the following video regarding recovery from a huli.
The following is a list of current dates/times that you may register and/or submit payment for your crews.