Kid-in-a-Kayak (KIAK) was conceptualized as a means of allowing children of primary school age to experience the fun of kayaking and develop an interest in paddle sports under the guidance of dedicated coaches who are both passionate about the sport and enjoy working with children.
Using equipment and paddles specially constructed for young bodies, children enrolled in this programme will pick up kayaking skills in a fun environment, and also make new friends through the sport.
We hope that KIAK will provide a good foundation for children to eventually progress on to specific kayak disciplines of their interest, such as sprint, canoe polo and slalom, or to simply enjoy the great outdoors on a kayak expedition.
Let’s look forward together to more good things to come with KIAK 2020!
Our coaches are current or former Singapore national team kayakers, or athletes who have completed a coaching apprenticeship, who want to share their passion for the sport with the next generation.
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“I cannot begin to tell you what a great impact the KIAK coaches have had on my two boys. It is simply amazing! All the coaches make it fun and ignite interest in the children. Coach Cheryl teaches proper skill development and strategies, always setting proper expectations for both parent and child. But most importantly, Cheryl's instruction emphasises the value of team work, sportsmanship, perseverance, and goal setting. These are all valuableCindy Tan, mother of Titus and Evan Ching
“KIAK has taught Kirsten and Kayla to be more purposeful in their daily life and given them the courage to chase big dreams. I love how the coaches are driven by good values, and the strong bond the girls have with their friends.”Goh Wan Yee, mother of Kirsten and Kayla Heng
“Since joining KIAK, my son has become happier and physically stronger. Relationship with Coaches and friends has been great. KIAK Coaches are very professional, super dedicated, thoughtful and caring. My son looks forward to each and every training session.”Jane Vu, mother of Raymond Nguyen
“My daughter has been with KIAK since February 2016 and her confidence and stamina has grown by leap and bounds. The teamwork amongst the team is also very strong. This is all thanks to the loving guidance by the coaches. The coaches, especially Coach Cheryl, not only coach on the techniques on doing the sports well, they also help teach the kids about nutrition and sports health, and constantly remind them to take care of their health and studies. To me, the team of coaches for KIAK really helps the children develop in an all-rounded manner.”Vivian Kwek, mother of Celestine Tan
It is fun, competitive and I can play with my friends on the water.Dylan Lewis, aged 9
Kayaking is a fun and enjoyable sport. Kayaking is also good for us to rely mostly on ourselves in ‘special events’ (capsizing)!Yeo Min, aged 9
Canoeing is very enjoyable. The coaches train us well and we have lots of fun. I love the new friends I have made and can’t wait for every Sunday to come around!Nicholas Chung, aged 11
KIAK gives me a chance to learn how to kayak well. The coaches are fun and they make the lesson very enjoyable. I really look forward to each lesson!Liaw Ann Zhen, aged 12