Welcome / Join

February 13, 2012


Our club paddles from as early as March through October and launches from the Merrill Family Sailing Center.  We are a growing club that encourages all skill levels to try out our awesome sport.  Our practices are listed to the right and we ask that you show up at least 15 minutes in advance to fill out necessary paperwork and become familiar with the practice.

COST and JOINING our club The first three practices are $10 each and you will be given the opportunity to see Cayuga Lake from a different vantage point.  After your third practice you will be asked to join the club.  You may apply your $30 initial practice fees to reduce the remainder of your club dues.  This gives you access to the canoes, club paddles, PFD’s, and awesome people.

Full Season – $125 (January 1st – December 31st)

Half Season (1/1 – 7/15) – $75
Re-up for remaining part of the year – $50

Half Season (7/15 – 12/31) – $75

1 Day Trial Membership (up to 3 times) – $10 each (suggested donation), applicable to membership if you decide to join.

All members must become an ACA member (http://www.americancanoe.org).

All members who participate in competitive races, will have their ECORA fees paid for by Cayuga Outrigger Canoe Club.

How to become a member:

1. Join COCC List serve (link on the right hand side of the website)
- go to google groups site to register their email with the list
- contact Treasurer or Secretary if there are questions or difficulties joining the list

2. Sign up for a practice! Link on the right hand side of the page. If you are new to paddling or to outrigger, it is recommended that you participate in a novice practice prior to participating in a club practice. If you do not see any novice practices listed, please email cayugaoutrigger@gmail.com and we will find a practice time that works for you.

3. Fill out a membership form at a club / novice practice
- list emergency contacts, doctors, phone numbers
- contact information
- email
- phone, cell, if text friendly

4. Fill out an ACA membership form at a club / novice practice
- keep 1 copy with club
- have member send in 1 copy to ACA or join online at the website above


Bring a change of clothes and towel in case you are cold after practice, or in case we huli (flip). There are showers and restrooms at the sailing center, but the building is not always open.  Please realize that this is a water sport and you can expect to get wet, so plan accordingly.

Paddle We do have club paddles for new individuals.
PFDs Personal flotation devices (PFDs) are available to all club paddlers. PFDs are only required to be worn if either the water or air temperature is below 50F, or if paddlers are uncomfortable swimming. Inflatable waist-pack PFDs are recommended and many paddlers choose to purchase them to be worn during warmer practices.
Hydration Water bottles are fine on shore but can be disruptive when rolling on the floor in the boat.  It is recommended that you develop a method of getting fluids and calories easily without disrupting the flow of the canoe.  Check here for a water bottle clip.
Food Nutrition and healthy glycemic levels are important. Whether on long distance paddles or sprint work, make sure you have a couple Gus or Power Gells with you. You may even want to carry an extra Power Bar in your hydration pack.
Hat and sunscreen Be sun safe.
Shorts Board shorts or swim shorts dry fairly quickly. Some of us wear paddling specific shorts.
Shirts While cotton is fine in the summer, we highly recommend technical fabrics that keep you warm when it’s cold and cooler when it’s warm. Layers are helpful if we are starting practice on a cool morning but can be removed as you heat up.  We also have team Capilene 1® shirts that are usually ordered once or twice a year. During cold water practices, cotton clothing is not allowed in the boat.
Shoes While walking the canoes into the water, your feet will get submerged and the rocks can be slippery, so wear something protective that will not get ruined. You can paddle barefoot, as it allows you to “feel” the boat with your feet, or wear booties or water socks.  Flip flops make it difficult when moving the boat in and out of the water.
Paddling Gloves This is a personal preference.  Some of us use them and some do not.