Chagres River Paddling Club turns Gamboa into water sport destination

Javier and José Feliú - Panama's first kayak double training for the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016. Javier y José Feliú - El primer kayak doble de Panama entrenando para los juegos Olímpicos en Rio 2016.

Javier and José Feliú – Panama’s first kayak double training for the Summer Olympics in Rio 2016.
Javier y José Feliú – El primer kayak doble de Panama entrenando para los juegos Olímpicos en Rio 2016.

The Chagres River Paddling Club was launched last year, just in time for the dry season. This new club, located within the grounds of the Gamboa Rainforest Resort along the shores of the Chagres River, is a great contribution to outdoor sports in Panama for anyone who wants to paddle, whether they have their own boat or not. Memberships are available from $300 to $400 per year with discount rates for families.During the inauguration, a special presentation was made by future Olympic competitors, Panama’s first men’s kayak double, brothers José and Javier Feliú. They are part of the club and are taking advantage of it to carry out their training for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2016Nationally, a schedule of competitions will be held between June and December this year, introducing new disciplines such as outrigger, Olympic kayak and canoe, Olympic rowing boats, cayuco and stand up paddle. The new outriggers, designed and built by Regatas Panamá, will be used for competitions in “Outrigger Cayuco,” a novelty in Panama.

Club affiliations

The Chagres River Paddling Club is Panama’s first paddling club to be affiliated with the Panamanian Amateur Rowing Union, the only federation recognized by the international Canoe Federation, World Rowing and International Olympics Committee. Members get full access to the installations during the club’s opening hours, benefits from the Bern Hotels & Resorts Royal Card and discounts on special events.

A club hangar keeps it’s members’ boats safely stored and holds an inventory of different floats for rental. It is fully equipped on the hotel grounds which enjoy gated security, parking and a private dock with a launch ramp close-by. Dining and lodging are available at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort within few minutes walking distance.

The Chagres River Paddling Club at Gamboa Rainforest Resort is open seven days a week from 5:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. For information, contact chagrespc@gmail.com.

 

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