Canoe Kayak

About the department:

Kayaking is the sport in which the athlete is seated in the direction of travel and uses a double-bladed paddle to move the boat forward.

Canoeing is the sport in which the athlete kneels within the boat and uses a single-bladed paddle to propel the boat forward.

In both Kayaking and Canoeing there are single boats and team boats. They are sports that require stamina, strength and technique. The Canoe-Kayak Department is directed at children over 8 years of age, youth (girls-boys) of all ages, grassroots sport, seniors, people with special needs and people with mobility difficulties.

The Rowing Department is divided into three main parts:

  • Academy: Its objective is to provide information on the sport, practical training, practical training in water, proper education on ethos, health and lifelong training, as well as improve physical condition and prepare athletes to join the racing team.
  • Racing Team: Its objective is to improve sport specific strength, with the aim of participating in the National Canoe-Kayak championships, Club Competitions, International Games and the National Canoe-Kayak Team.
  • Grassroots Sport: Its objective is to improve general as well as sport specific strength and entertain athletes through exercise.

The racing team’s Department functions daily from 15:30 to 18:30 at the Yermasoyia Dam, except on Wednesdays when training takes place at the premises of the Limassol Nautical Club between 17:00 and 19:00, and on Saturdays from 8:00 until 9:30 at the Yermasoyia Dam and from 10:00 until 11:00 at the Club’s premises.

Training takes place every Monday and Wednesday from 15:30 until 16:30 and on Saturdays from 10:00 until 11:00 in the sea in front of the Club’s building – or if the weather conditions do not allow it, then training takes place at the Club’s gym.

How and where the training takes place:

The department’s training takes place in the sea opposite the Limassol Nautical Club building. Children are divided into groups of two to help one another enter the boat. Due to the boat’s design, it is difficult for them to find balance and they require assistance in the first few lessons. For children under the age of 12, the boats are smaller, lighter and broader than normal racing boats, to make it easier for them to find their balance.

Features and benefits (skills)

  • It improves balance
  • It improves spatial orientation skills
  • It improves synchronisation skills
  • It cultivates rhythm in the athletes
  • There are no surprises or other physical contact, impacts etc. that could cause injur

How the boat is propelled

By using strong paddle strokes and applying downward pressure with the lower body

The paddle stroke is divided into three phases:

1st phase – Preparation

2nd phase – Catch

3rd phase – Recovery

To maintain speed, the paddler must apply pressure with the leg on the same side as the arm pulling the paddle. Many wrongly believe that the sport only exercises the upper part of the body, but if the technique is applied correctly, the entire body is exercised, even the feet.

What one should know before taking up Canoeing-Kayaking equipment?

  • A necessary requirement is for the athlete to know how to swim
  • They must possess an Athlete’s Health Card by the Cyprus Sports Organisation
  • Equipment (boat-paddles) is provided by the club-association the athlete has joined
  • Sports attire is required
  • The sport is conducted in calm waters, all year around (winter and summer) in the sea and lake

What boats are used – description

There are 3 types of boats in canoe-kayak racing:

The K1 (Kayak) or C1 (Canoe) which fits one paddler

The K2 (Kayak) or C2 (Canoe) which fits two paddlers

The K4 (Kayak) or C4 (Canoe) which fits four paddlers

The official distances for Canoe-Kayak sprints are 1,000m for K1, K2 and K4 (men), 1,000m for K1 and K2 (women), 500m for K1 and K2 (men), 500m for K1, K2 and K4 (women), and 200m for K1 and K2 (men and women). There are also other branches to the Canoe-Kayak sport, which however are not promoted in Cyprus as the island does not have the necessary dams or lakes required to practice them. These include kayak polo, kayak surf and slalom kayak, among others.

Limassol Nautical Club Canoe-Kayak Division History

The Club’s Sprint Canoe-Kayak Division has been operating since 1998, when the Cyprus Canoe Federation was established, and the National Championship was organised for the first time in the same year. Limassol Nautical Club’s athletes have since had a prominent presence in the championship. They have won 9 championships and three have been runner-ups. The Department currently trains around 70 athletes.

The Division also counts some important achievements abroad, with a large proportion of the Club’s athletes comprising Cyprus’ national team. Each year, our athletes win a number of races in the Greek championships and enjoy significant international success as well; such as the case of Kyriakos Agathangelou, who came third in the Olympic Hopes Regatta in Slovakia and reached the finals in all of the sports he entered. Agathangelou also came 16th in the world championships for youths. Furthermore, Limassol Nautical Club athlete Andreas Diamanti has made it through to the European Olympic Games, which will take place in June 2015. Training in Cyprus and a small amount of preparation abroad are enough for our athletes to achieve the highest level of performance.

The Division’s objectives are for its athletes to continue to play a leading role in the National championships, but also for them to quality in the Olympic Games.

For more information you can contact the Limassol Nautical Club Secretariat at + 357 25318181