About the YPT

 Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.  - (John Lubbock)

A very powerful quote for those who have spent time in the outdoors and have learned the lessons taught to us by nature.  Everyone who has experienced the power of a river knows the lasting effect it can have on one's soul.

The NOC Youth Paddling Team(YPT) was created to give youth interested in paddling a vision and direction that will help them mature as responsible paddlers and people. During its first year the YPT had the opportunity to touch many of its members lives in a way that will help them find the courage, strength, and focus to succeed in building their dreams. For 2012, the YPT looks to expand by creating specific paths that will allow members to develop their specific paddling interests while maintaing a strong leadership component. Freestyle, racing, professional level, and recreational paddling will all be supported by one of the worlds best paddling instruction programs.

Team Stats:

Founded: Oct 2010

Leaders: Jon Clark, Andrew Koch, Andrew Holcombe

Mission: Build a team of tightly bonded youth paddlers who strive for a high level of professionalism, leadership, dedication to training, and a passion to share the sport with others.

Vision: Support youth paddlers in their pursuit to become pro level and Olympic level competitors.  

Scope: All youth paddlers ages 6-18.


Jon Clark