Training groups

INCC has a variety of training groups catering for all members from beginners through to advanced paddlers

Social

Each Saturday and Sunday morning our social paddling group meets at the clubhouse at 9:00am.  We usually paddle to Studley Park Boathouse (10 km) or Dights Falls (13 km) stopping off at Studley Park for a coffee and chat, then back to the clubhouse by midday.

We paddle TK1s, TK2s, K1s, K2s and very occasionally a K4.  The group welcomes people of all ages and paddling experience. It’s a great opportunity to meet and paddle with other members of the club in a relaxed, friendly way.

Development

The purpose of this group, which meets from 9:00 to 11:00 am on Sundays, is to provide further training for people who have just completed the Beginner Program and would like to further their skills in a safe, supervised environment.  The group is also open to anyone wishing to do some work on technique.  Contact Greg Kerr if you are interested in attending.

Intermediate

A number of members paddle on Saturday mornings at 7:30 am or 8:30 am, depending on the time of year, typically to Dights Falls and back (13 km) in TK1s, TK2s, K1s and K2s. Abilities vary, with most taking about 70 to 80 mins (~5:30-6:00 min/km) and people typically join those paddling at a similar speed. The group usually finishes with tea and toast in the clubhouse after the session. Attendance is casual with no formal membership or expected regular attendance. Paddlers are welcome to turn up whenever they can.

Interval training

All Fairfield Canoe Club (FCC), INCC and members from other clubs are welcome to attend these more-advanced sessions for competitive paddlers on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Plan to be on the water at 5.30 pm, however, start times can vary from 5:30 pm to 5:45 pm in summer and 4:45 to 5:00 pm in winter.  These sessions finish in the dark in winter.

Tuesday night sessions are usually longer intervals (4-8 min on, 60-90 sec rest) to Dights Falls and back (12 km). Thursday nights consist of short intervals (100m to 500m) at Zoli’s Straight (aka the Freeway Straight upstream from Chandler Highway), however the session format can vary, depending on attendance and river conditions.

These sessions run all year round, the numbers participating varying from 20 in summer to 2 on some dark winter nights!  The skill level required is flexible but at least intermediate is ideal, if in doubt come along and find out.  It is usual for some paddlers to drop to the back of the pack on the Tuesday night Dights run and re-group when they can.  The main group would paddle at around a 4:30 to 5:00 min/km pace during efforts in K1s or K2s.

Attendance is casual with no formal membership or expected regular attendance. Paddlers are welcome to turn up whenever they can.There is a long tradition of these sessions going back at least 10 years. This is another excellent example of our two clubs working together. On the water please make yourself known to Rob Russell (INCC), Simon St Hill or Chris Runting (FCC) or whoever is leading the session.

For further information check the Facebook group INCC/FCC training group which is used to communicate and arrange additional sessions.

Distance

A group of experienced competitive INCC and FCC paddlers meet at the INCC landing on most Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.

The format for the training session is typically 18 to 24kms at a steady and/or solid pace.  It is usual for some paddlers to drop behind the faster paddlers and turn earlier to join them and re-group for the next leg.  The main (faster) group paddle at around a 5:00-5:15 min/km pace in K1s or K2s.  A second group sometimes paddle at a slower pace.

Attendance is casual with no formal membership or expected regular attendance. Paddlers are welcome to turn up whenever they can.  For further information check the Facebook group INCC/FCC training group.

Multisport

INCC members are welcome to participate free of charge in the sessions from INCC organised by Liam Delaney from Vigor (affiliated with Melbourne Adventure) on Tuesday and Friday mornings at 6:30-7:30am (7-8am during winter), and Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm during daylight saving. Weekend paddles advised via weekly email update.

Sessions include some interval training and some distance work. As participants vary  from beginner to advanced levels, the intensity of the sessions can vary too. Technique advice is also given.

Some of the paddlers compete in events, some do tours and some just paddle for fun and fitness.