Mike Kennedy

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Thames River

Every Weekend from April to November

Contact: Coach Bob vincent   bob_liz.vincent@sympatico.ca

​This is for intermediate level paddlers wishing to learn marathon techniques in technical waters. Session location depends upon water levels. The Thames River from the Meatherall bridge just west of Ingersoll to Putnam bridge is one of the most challenging rivers in south western Ontario. That is where most sessions will take place. From the 401 take the Putnam cut off and go north to the stop sign in the village. Then turn right (or east) and drive four kilometers on Hamilton Road. The next road on the left is Meatherall. The bridge is 100 meters from Hamilton Road. The start time in the two summer months is 7:30. The time in the spring and fall is 8 AM. Most sessions will last two hours. When water levels are low sessions are held on Pittock Lake

Participants must be full members of OMCKRA.   For more information please contact Coach Bob -  bob_liz.vincent@sympatico.ca

NCCP Marathon

coach certification training

National Coaching Certification Program   coach.ca/coach-training-in-canada-s15408

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

In Training – when they have completed some of the required training for a context
Trained – when they have completed all required training for a context;
Certified – when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context

Facilitators - accredited to train coaches
Evaluators - accredited to certify coaches

Read how to become a coach at CKC site - click on Marathon 

Contact info@omckra.com if you are interested in certifying as a Marathon coach.

Mike Devine
Washago, Ontario

coaching facilitator

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Gord Cole

Parry Sound, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach



Weekdays in June & July 

Contact: Coach Chris Near  huntsvillepaddlers@omckra.com   csnear@hotmail.com

There will be regular paddling training sessions held in Huntsville in June and July for intermediate level paddlers wishing to learn marathon techniques and racing skills.  Locations in Huntsville will alternate between "Camp Kitchen," Goodwin Park and Avery Beach Park.  Sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings commencing May 30th and ending July 20th.  The start time for each paddle will be 6pm and each session will take up to 2 hours. Mondays will focus on technique and Wednesday will focus on building speed (tempo and time trials).  

Participants must be full members of OMCKRA.  A couple of weekend sessions may be organized at different locations if there is enough interest.  For more information please contact Coach Chris  - csnear@hotmail.com.

Ryan Stepka

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Frank Stepien
London, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Bob Vincent
Dorchester, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach

coaching facilitator


Carlyn Johnston
Strathroy, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


The Locker

Coaches remember to track your mentoring activities in the secure locker of the NCCP site!

Chris Near


NCCP trained Marathon Coach



email info@omckra.com to find coaches or programs in your area

NCCP Marathon Coaches in Ontario

The following coaches are NCCP trained Marathon coaches in Ontario.  Contact them directly or email info@omckra.com for coaching.

Don Stoneman
Cambridge, Ontario

coaching assessor

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Gwyn Hayman
London, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


Ontario Marathon Canoe Kayak Racing Association


Sharilyn Johnston
Strathroy, Ontario

NCCP trained Marathon Coach


maintaining certification status

In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they will be required to obtain Professional Development (PD) points. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning their required PD points -- Maintenance of Certification Status is simply the introduction of tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts.

Log into the Locker for an up-to-date record of your PD points. For examples of opportunities to accumulate PD points, check out the link to the NCCP page.