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Youth Development Program

The West Coast Glider program has begun! Sign up and join the fun!

Our mission is to provide paddlers of all ages an environment in where they are provided instructor lead programming to help further develop confidence in one’s ability, a better understanding of the fundamentals of paddling and be part of a community that promotes proper sportsmanship conduct and environmental awareness.


  • Join the West Coast Gliders racing team!
  • Group workouts lead by instructor designed for all ages and experience levels (10yrs old to Adult)
  • Get Coached by one of San Diego’s premiere paddling coaches
  • Get a chance to understand body mechanics and proper technique in regards to the paddle stroke
  • Receive weekly/monthly on and off the water training plans (will cater to specific needs/goals)
  • Learn racing tactics/strategy
  • Learn to paddle various other watercraft such as Stand Up Paddle boards and Outrigger Canoes!
  • Learn Land/Water navigation
  • Learn leadership skills that will transcend outside the sport of paddling
  • Be part of a team and community
  • Build confidence and conditioning through a comprehensive training plan for both youths and adults
  • Take your paddling to a whole new level…or just enjoy it that much more!


Additionally, trainees/racers will receive SUP Club Membership benefits in where they receive a 20% discount on additional rentals for friends that would like to join you on the water (member must be present for discount). Additional benefits include:

Coach Red spent 10 years in the United States Marine Corps, participating in many leadership and training courses to help better refine his role as a leader/trainer of Marines.

Combining his military experience along with knowledge gained from  number of renowned paddling athletes/coaches, he now shares that wisdom and acts as a paddle technique coach for various paddling disciplines. He may no longer be a leader/trainer of Marines but he is certainly a leader/trainer of Paddlers…and is quite happy with the transition!

He has successfully coached a wide array of single and team watercraft sports such as, Outrigger, Indian War Canoe, Dragonboat, Stand Up Paddleboard, High Kneel Canoe (C1), Sprint Kayak (K1) and Surfski. On his spare time he is currently the Head Coach for The San Diego Dragonboat team.

Coach Red is also the conditioning coach/co-owner for the fitness program called PaddleSynergy. On top of his training experience, coach Red is a certified Level 1 canoe sprint coach under both the International Canoe Federation (ICF) and the American Canoe Association (ACA), which is officially the National Governing Body (NGB) for the Olympic sports of slalom and canoe sprint and the Paralympic sport of paracanoe within the United States;. Both organizations are affiliated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with Puakea Designs to provide a comprehensive Outrigger Canoe Training Program! There is no question as to who Coach Johnny Puakea is within the Outrigger/Paddling community and we are incredibly fortunate to have his support.

“As an exceptional technical coach, John has helped push world-class paddlers to the next level in international competition. His ability to improve the performance of already-elite paddlers also led Team Bradley to consecutive first-place finishes in the Molokai-to-Oahu Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and to the fastest crossing time by any women’s team in the history of the race. Johnny has also coached top OC1 paddlers like Jimmy Austin, Danny Ching and Lauren Spalding.

John’s knowledge of body mechanics complements his strengths in canoe building. His top-performing designs include the Kaimana, the Kainalu, the Pueo 1, the Ehukai—and the new superstar, the Kahe Kai—all OC1 canoes. New in OC6 production, is his very fast Puakea Unlimited (Malolo) canoe, owned by various West Coast mainland and international teams in anticipation of top times in this new ultralight division. Top Tahitian team, Shell Va’a, chose John’s Makika OC6 design for the grueling Olamau Race in 2013, and won in all three stages.

We feel we have a lot in common with Coach Johnny’s methods as well as his approach…in that…you’re supposed to have fun! You can check out more about Coach Johnny Puakea and his amazing team on the link below!

The Puakea Grom Squad!

Check us out on Instagram to see what we have been up to!


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Per individual

Must be an experienced paddler
Limited to only 5 sessions a month 

Access to Outriggers/SUPS are limited, recommend bringing personal craft



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Per Quarter





Per Quarter

UP to 4 family members can be part of the West Coast Gliders Training program!


Please fill out this form if you are interested in joining the racing development program or would simply like some more information

    Additional Info

    • All first time Padlers (those who haven’t signed up for the program) and/or those who are doing a $30 drop in, MUST contact Coach Red and schedule at LEAST one day in advance prior to any designated workout days. 
    • Hours of operation are currently, Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm to 6pm and on Saturdays at 9am to 12pm
      • Adults are welcome to participate on Tues/Thur/Saturday practices but will need to bring their own craft
    • Membership to Paddler Development program is both monthly and quarterly
    • 9 years old is the minimum age requirement
    • Location and times of workouts may change depending on the training agenda
    • Must be able to know how to swim and tread water
      • Youth Athletes will be required to do a swim test 
    • Working alongside local Outrigger and Dragonboat Teams to gain access to larger team craft (OC6, 10/20 man Dragonboats)
    • Can provide 1 on 1 coaching sessions on a case by case basis.
    • Please email Head coach if you have any questions directly at