Aloha, and Welcome to Capital Outrigger!

New to Outrigger Canoeing, or interested in finally giving it a shot? Read more to learn how to get started.

Check out our Introduction to Paddling Guide

Familiarize yourself with our club

Capital Outrigger is the official outrigger canoeing program of the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. We have strong recreational and racing programs.

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Attend an introductory paddling session

We have regular introduction to paddling classes – please see our calendar and register with the Aquatic Center

The Aquatic Center requires that all introductory paddlers pay a “rental” fee of $15 for each time you paddle, prior to becoming an official member. A waiver must also be signed, and paddles <18 years of age must have a parent/guardian signature.

What You’ll Need

We are happy to provide a club paddle for you to use as long as you need, though most paddlers buy their own. It is a water sport so dress appropriately (a typical outfit is board shorts and tank top). Shoes are not required, but we recommend flip-flops (“slippas”) or sandals. Bring sufficient water and sunscreen.

So you want to join?!

If you loved your intro. paddle and want to join our team, you must sign up through the Sacramento State Aquatic Center. The cost of the program is $300/12 months or $200/6 months (some members opt for the 6 month, and just paddle during the Spring/Summer racing season). There are also family packages available.

Limited parking at the Aquatic Center is included, but you also have the option to buy a CA State Park Annual Poppy Pass. Many members park in the Nimbus Flat State Park area during the heavily-trafficked summer months.

Club structure

We have four different paddling groups, which are unique to what each individual paddler is looking for.

  1. The “Fossils” are a recreational paddling group that practice Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. This is typically a more senior and relaxed group, with great sense of ohana (spirit + family). Many of the Fossils have been paddling for several years, and are great teachers!
  2. Novices/Beginners practice on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings – Introduction to Paddling Class is required.
  3. Kai ‘Olu practice Monday and Wednesday nights, and Saturday mornings. This group is for first and second-year paddlers who have not yet completed a long distance race (8+ miles), or who did not race with the club within the last year. Recreational paddlers are welcome at these practices.
  4. Kai Mana practice Tuesday and Thursday nights, and Saturday mornings. This group is for our experienced and competitive paddlers.

Practice sign-ups

We use SignUp Genius for our practices. Visit SignUp Genius to create your profile and get started:


Our race season runs from May through September, with short and long distance races. New NCOCA members are eligible to paddle as novices for their first two years.

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