Job Posting - Flatwater North (Yukon) seeking Full-time Head Coach 

Closing Date
March 1, 2020
Job Level


Flatwater North is Whitehorse’s sprint canoe kayak club situated on the shore of the pristine Schwatka Lake, just 3 km from downtown Whitehorse. Since its beginning in 2013 the club has grown rapidly and steadily creating a great community of young paddlers.

Flatwater North is seeking a skilled, enthusiastic and self-motivated sprint canoe kayak coach to guide our competitive athletes through the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages of CKC the Long-Term Athlete Development framework. The club has a core group of 12-16 year old athletes who are dedicated to paddling and participate in a full-day training program at the club. The main focus for the Competitive Coach is to guide these athletes towards competition and to build a culture of personal excellence at the club. It the goal of the club to raise the capacity of the competitive program in order to have a full competitive team at the 2021 Canada Summer Games and we are seeking a Competitive Coach who will help us achieve this target.

Location: Schwatka Lake Day Use Area, Whitehorse, Yukon

Contract Dates: May 4 to September 18, 2020 (potential for extension in fall with reduced hours)

Salary: $2,160 - $2,400 bi-weekly (based on experience and certification)


• Extensive experience coaching both sprint canoe and kayak disciplines, including war canoe

• Competition-Development Coaching Certificate, or equivalent

• Standard First Aid and CPR certification

• Pleasure Craft Operators Permit

• Clear Criminal Record Check and Vulnerable Sector Check


• Create and oversee the implementation of the Competitive Sprint Team Program for athletes at the Training to Train and Learning to Compete stages on LTAD framework

• Improve athlete development (overall fitness, technique, performance, and level of competitiveness)

• Work closely with the Regatta Ready Coach to create a daily program that see the athletes’ progression through LTAD at their individual pace

• Run school day programs (Introduction to paddling)

• Work with the Executive Director to coordinate travel, registration and logistics for all regattas, including chaperones and assistants

• Prepare athletes for the regatta experience: pre-race preparation (goal setting, mental and physical well-being), set expectations for behaviour at regattas

• Travel with athletes and ensure their security/safety and the implementation of athlete code of conduct

• Coordinate boat loading, transport, unloading for regattas or community events

• Ensure athletes are in the appropriate races at regattas and attend draw meetings

• Ensure the safety and well-being of all participants

• Follow and ensure implementation of all club rules and policies

• Present a monthly coach report to the board of directors

• Participate in spring recruitment at local schools

• Act as primary parent liaison for competitive athletes

• Perform ongoing minor equipment maintenance, and make recommendations to the board for major maintenance and new equipment requirements

• Complete an end of season/end of program review and present to the board

• Participate in strategic and long-term planning with the board of directors as requested

Skills Required

• Proven competitive coaching skills in the sprint canoe, kayak and war canoe disciplines

• Ability to communicate effectively with youth helping create resiliency, perseverance and self- confidence in athletes

• Ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of a diverse group of athletes

• Positive outlook and a growth-mindset

• Sound leadership, communication and organizational skills

• Ability to adapt to changes and overcome obstacles

• Excellent character, integrity and flexibility

• The desire and ability to work in a team work atmosphere

• Exudes enthusiasm, sense of humour, patience and self-control

• Must be physically fit and able to lift 40 pounds

• Must have own transportation to and from the lake

• Bilingual in French and English considered an asset

To apply: Send resumé and cover letter to Dan Girouard, Executive Director at

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020

Click HERE to apply online 


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