Academy Program

Our Academy program is targeted towards incoming U14+ athletes ready to take the next steps in their training! This program serves as a bridge between our introductory Development Program and the more intensive High Performance Program.

Program overview

The Academy paddling program is an invitation-only year-round program for athletes beginning to focus on paddling as a high-level sport. Athletes train year-round to develop the physical, technical, and mental skills required for our sport. The program is specifically tailored to develop young athletes for future high-performance paddling, while recognizing the individual needs of young athletes and the importance of still participating in multiple sports.

Program requirements

While Academy athletes still may participate in other sports, a high level of commitment to the program is required. Athletes have a goal of winning local regattas and competing nationally and internationally. While not mandatory, Academy athletes should have or be in the process of getting their own equipment, including a boat and paddle.

training schedule

Academy trains before and after school and Saturday mornings. Generally, training times are M/W/F mornings 6:15-7:30AM, afternoons 4:15-6:00PM, and Saturdays 9:00-11:30AM, but a specific schedule will be sent each weekend for the following week.

off-season training

Academy paddlers are usually on water from April-November and cross-train from December through March. Our off-water programming includes weight training, running, swimming, yoga, technical work and analysis, soccer, cross-country skiing, and much more. Academy athletes may be invited to a March Florida camp with the high-performance athletes depending on age and ability.

start date & cost

Begins September 10, 2022, and runs through the end of August 2023. Total program cost is $2205.00, which is inclusive of all fees (including boat storage, as well as the 2023 Summer Paddling Program fee). Note that the Academy athlete participation in the Summer Paddling Program will be individualized based on an athlete's age and ability.

Siblings both registered in year-round programs receive a discount: the second child (and any subsequent siblings) will receive a 10% discount off the base program fee. After registering, please notify the Club Manager ( that you qualify for the sibling discount and it will be provided to you.

Note: Maskwa will enforce and comply with all required public health measures.

Join our Academy program

academy athlete registration

Academy is an invitation-only program. Registration takes place annually at the end of August, for the upcoming training year (September – August).

To register, go to the Register menu at the top of the page, and choose the program from the drop-down. (Note: if you do not see the program you are looking for, it means registration is currently not available).

cancellation policy

Participants of the Academy program may withdraw from the program at any time by notifying the Club Manager via email at All refunds will be subject to an early withdrawal fee. Those who have paid in full for the year will also be prorated based on length of attendance in the program. All participants who withdraw early also lose their guaranteed spot in the 2023 Summer Paddling program, and will need to register and pay separately for Summer Paddling. No refunds will be issued if a participant is required to leave as the result of a conduct concern.


athlete resources

No matter what level you’re competing at – from Kearney Lake to World Juniors or National Team Trials- the Maskwa Code of Conduct board member is here for you.

Athletes should have a safe and respectful environment to train and compete in. For any athlete that would like to report or inquire about any issues you’re having (at any level) please reach out to our confidential Code of Conduct board member to discuss your issues.