Kids Kayak Polo


Austin Paddling Club (APC) will host weekly kayak polo sessions every Monday throughout the summer of 2017 to teach kids how to kayak and how to play the game of kayak polo.   The program includes free use of club equipment and free instruction by local players, many of whom have competed on the US national team.  

Since we initiated our kids kayak polo sessions in 2004, four players have gone on to play on the US National Kayak Polo team at previous Kayak Polo World Championships.   Most recently, three of these players, and their instructors, were all on the US national team and went on to compete at the 2016 Kayak Polo World Championships in Italy.

Kayak polo is the perfect Austin summer sport; cool and weird!  Kayak polo is an official international sport best described as a mix between basketball and water polo. It's an exciting game played in ten-minute halves on a 35x23 meter court, with goals raised 6 feet above the water at each end.  The object of the game is to use your hands or paddle to score the most goals against the opposing team. Each team consists of 5 players with a kayak, helmet with face mask, paddle and lifejacket. 

It's good exercise for both the body and mind, and a great sport for building strength, courage and teamwork.

Sessions will be held once a week this summer on Mondays at 6:30 PM.   Anyone who would like to participate must contact us in advance.  

We require that kids be comfortable swimming in the water with a life jacket on. Instruction will begin with safety skills such as how to get out of the kayak when it flips over, then basic kayaking skills and the rules of the game.  Instruction will continue at the pace of the participants.

Kids who learn the game will be invited to play on the Austin Under 21 Team at the 2017 National Championship tournament to be hosted by APC at Austin, TX on October 27-29. 

We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity to area youth and look forward to hearing from any interested groups. We invite anyone interested to come and meet the Austin kayak polo players and observe a game at our usual venue (under the north side of the MoPac pedestrian bridge on Town Lake) at 6:30pm PM on Wednesdays or 2pm on Sundays.