Our practice is a dynamic and exhilarating experience. The atmosphere is energetic, while leads set the rhythm as paddlers coordinate their strokes. Coaches provide guidance, focusing on technique, teamwork, and endurance. There's a sense of camaraderie and unity as members support each other, fostering a fun yet challenging environment.
A full boat is 20 paddlers, a caller (like the coxswain) and a helm or steersperson. The team holds hour-long practices three times a week, launching from the Riverfront Park dock on the east bank of the Willamette River in Salem. Practice is year-round, with a short break during December-January.
Where we paddle
Our boat is moored next to the Willamette Queen Sternwheeler at Salem's Riverfront Park dock.
Paddlers gather down the boat ramp on the dock 15 minutes prior to launch for warm-ups and bench assignments.
Parking at the north end of the park is the most convenient.
When we paddle
Each team practices three times a week, 50 weeks a year, and competes in 3 to 6 race events during the April – October race season.
March through mid-October
Monday and Wednesday 6:15PM - 7:15PM
Saturday 8:15AM - 9:15AM
Mid-October through November
Monday and Thursday 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Saturday: 9:15AM - 10:15AM
December through February
We take a break until the off-season practice schedule is resumed.
Dress for success
Recommended gear for cold weather practice is layers, preferably wicking material to keep you dry from the inside out, and breathable raingear to keep you dry from the outside in.
A bill cap type hat for rainy days is a good idea too, along with wool socks.
When it's warm weather, it's best to wear water sandals, shorts or crop pants and a shirt that are "quick-dry"--though cotton is fine too, you will get a little wet and cotton takes longer to dry. Jeans and cotton sweats should not be worn.