Coaching & training

Race preparation

Training and practice programmes, usually over a period of 4-8 weeks, with 6-12 training sessions, may differ depending on each club and coach and may be run either during school time or immediately after school.


Where feasible, Hoe Tonga encourages clubs and schools to utilise coaches that are certified under the Waka Ama NZ coaching certification programme. Coaching certification provides assurance of a minimum standard of coaching, including safety, paddling technique, and care of equipment.


Clubs will usually supply coaches and canoes. Paddles and life jackets are usually either be supplied by the club or the school.