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.

Please fill out this information and membership and form.

COST and JOINING our club For visitors and potential new members, your first three practices are free; you will have the opportunity to try paddling outrigger canoes as well as enjoying Cayuga Lake from a different vantage point. After your third practice, you will be asked to pay $10 for each practice you attend; however, we suggest that you join the club for the season. Any per practice fees you pay will count toward your club dues, so if you paddle regularly, it’s well worth joining for the season – also, for those interested in racing, we require race teams to be club members. Your fees give you access to the canoes, club paddles, PFDs, and awesome people.

Full Season: $125 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 31)
Half Season:$75 (Jan. 1 – July 14)
Half Season: $75 (July 15 – Dec. 31)
Trial Membership (free for the first 3 sessions, $10/session thereafter, applicable to our membership fee when you join.)
Student Rate: $50

Accommodations/reduced fees for those less able to afford them are available upon request (ask a board member for details)

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. Fill out the information and membership form (using the link above)
- contact information
- email
- phone, cell, if text friendly
- list emergency contacts, doctors, phone numbers
2. Join COCC List serve (link on the right hand side of the website)
- go to google groups site to register your email with the list
- contact Treasurer or Secretary if there are questions or difficulties joining the list

3. 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.
4. Fill out an insurance waiver form at any practice


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 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.