What to Expect

Recreational Paddling - What to Expect

We do not offer Visitor/Guest Paddling. 


Our Non-Competitive (Recreational) Paddling program is designed to incorporate paddling in a non-competitive (race) environment and moderate to vigorous exercise.  We are an athletic club which differs from companies who offer leisure paddling exursions off the Kona coastline.

 All Recreational Paddlers must adhere to the following guidelines:

  •        Safety first in all aspects of paddling, please read Safety Guidelines.
  •        Tread water unassisted in open ocean for a minimum of ten (10) up to thirty (30) minutes.        Enter and exit a canoe unassisted.  While other paddlers may be able to assist in certain circumstances, paddlers are ultimately responsible for safe entry and exit from a canoe.
  •        Paddlers are ultimately responsible to determine level of physical fitness. Paddling sessions last about an hour and distance ranges from three (3) to six (6) or more miles based upon experience and capabilities of the crew.  Paddling is an exercise sport, self-evaluation must consider ability to sustain one (1) hour of moderate exercise.
  •        Expect to get wet, paddling is a water sport. Apparel should not impede paddling, designed to withstand salt water and moisture wicking material is highly recommended. Shoes/sandals are not allowed in canoes, water socks, easily removable slippers or lightweight footwear that floats in the water is acceptable.       Leave valuables at home. We highly recommend use of a waterproof (dry-bag) to protect items such as cell phones to prevent damage/loss in the water.
  •        Paddlers function as a team, this includes safely moving a canoe into the water via a ramp (launch) and returning a canoe (recovery) to land after a paddling session.  Single hull canoes weigh approximately 400 lbs with a crew of six (6) and double-hull canoes weigh approximately 800 lbs with a crew of twelve (12) paddlers. While assistance from other crews is encouraged, ultimate responsibility lies with the team which requires a certain level of strength and ability to coordinate with other crew members under the direction of the Steersman.   Keauhou Canoe Club incorporates a process for launch and recovery.
  •      Canoes can huli (turn over).  A single hull canoe, referred to as an OC-6 is designed for six (6) paddlers.  A double-hull canoe is designed for twelve (12) paddlers.  A double-hull canoe is extremely stable in the water. To dispel the perception a double hull cannot huli and while occurrences are rare, potential exists based upon certain weather/water conditions.  We strongly recommend new members begin paddling in a double-hull canoe before migrating to an OC-6 canoe. Huli Drill classes are offered once a month and we encourage members to participate in a Huli Drill.
  •        As an Athletic Club, paddlers are expected to paddle while in the canoe under the direction of the Steersman. Use of cell phones/video equipment during paddling is discouraged. The Steersman leads and directs all activities in the canoe.  In the event a Steersman chooses to stop for a brief rest during a paddling session, please ask the Steersman for permission to take photos/videos.
  •         While Keauhou Canoe Club offers temporary use of various types of paddles during the early stages of paddling with the Club, members are encouraged to purchase equipment   
  •      Recreational Paddling sessions are available six (6) days a week in the mornings.  To participate in Recreational Paddling members, sign up for specific paddling sessions up to a week for a paddling session.  There are a finite number of seats available for paddling sessions and fill up quickly.  While we try to accommodate our members who wish to participate in Recreational paddling sessions, we cannot guarantee seats will be available on a certain day or paddling sessions are full.