Train Smarter, Not Harder Clinics

OC1 and OC6 Group Clinics

Looking to improve your technique? Or improve your performance in your Puakea OC-1 or Unlimited canoe? Want to learn to train smarter, not harder?

Puakea clinics are a combination of dry-land and on-water work that will cover the key bio-mechanics to set you up for successful and injury free paddling, including a detailed analysis and correction of all aspects of your stroke.

what is included in each clinic:

  • Stroke Mechanics: New facts vs. old theories

  • Teamwork and the importance of synergy in the canoe, how to think and have both

  • Training methods and styles for long-term goals

  • How to make the best of your equipment

  • Basic nutrition and exercises to improve performance


  • Clinic with Johnny Puakea (limited availability): $95 per person*

  • Clinic with a Puakea Accredited Coach: $65 per person*

    *If coach has to travel for one or more clinics, there may be additional travel costs associated with price.

On land and on water coaching. You choose the focus: Team OC6 training or group OC1 training.

Each clinic should be around 4 hours depending on number of people. 12-18 people makes for a great OC6 clinic. 6-12 people makes for a great OC1 clinic. Anything above these numbers will result in longer clinic time and less time/attention spent with each paddler.

  • We will begin on land with a general overview and base for the techniques, key fundamentals and training methods.

  • With detailed video analysis from the on water session, you will receive an individual stroke prescription for you to take home and work on.

  • Access to a launch, chase boat, dock or open beach is necessary to get video of each canoe/paddler and to offer some general on water coaching.

  • An area to review video after the on water session with each paddler is preferable. We work with what each club has to offer. Whether it is a small tent with a table and chairs on the beach, a clubhouse or a local cafe in your marina, we make it work!

  • If you are hosting a Puakea clinic, it is beneficial to have canoes ready to paddle before clinic start time as to not take time away from paddlers during clinic. I would also be very beneficial to collect payment before hand (if possible) as this can take away valuable time at the start of the clinic.

  • Remind participating paddlers to bring a towel, sunscreen, hat, snacks, water and a change of clothes for after the on water session. Be ready to paddle! 


Coaches Corner


Head Coach

Johnny Puakea – Hawaii, National and International

808-499-8195 (call or text)

1:1 private lesson: $180 for an hour and a half


Accredited Coaches


Jimi Spoto - West Coast/CA

949-633-9496 (call or text)

1:1 private lesson: $60 for one hour


Dave Krueger – West Coast/CA

714-381-4016 (call or text)

1:1 private lesson: $60 for one hour


Maika Scott – West Coast/CA

Only available for group clinics.

Email to coordinate group clinics in California.


Chris Sowden – East Coast/NC

1:1 private lesson: $50 for one hour


Paolo Ameglio – East Coast/FL

Phone: 786-251-2588

1:1 private lesson: $90 for an hour and a half


Leanne Stanley – Canada

1:1 rate is $80 CAD (= about $60 USD)