The Limestone Boat & Board Club
West-Kingston watersports activity club for recreational SUP, Rowing, surf ski/k1 Paddling and small dinghy sailing activities for youth and adults.
The Limestone Boat & Board Club was incorporated as a not for profit in 2015 and is housed and operated from behind the Matthew J. Dawe Memorial Royal Canadian Legion #631 at the base of Collins Bay road. Our thanks and appreciation is extended to this service branch for their continued support of the community of Greater Kingston and the LB&BC.
Limestone Boat & Board Club was founded in 2015 by Brad Brennan. Rower at the Kingston Rowing Club and Queens University Brad was a rower and competed internationally before turning to the support of rowers through coaching and equipment development. He has been an accredited technical advisor for over 20 countries with the World Rowing Federation for 12 years and at two Olympic Games, a Canadian National Rowing Team coach and has coached youth athletes at local High Schools to National Championships in Canada and the US.
Brad's love of all activities on the water led to the development of the LB&BC as a place to learn new skill sets while pioneering the sport of SUP and SUP-Rowing as a means for general physical fitness, recreational activity and development to competitive racing activities with competitive clubs in Kingston. In order to spread the joy of physical activity and build the sport of rowing and paddling in Kingston the use of a single platform (SUP Board) was utilized so that community members may be able to learn the basics of rowing and paddling and progress as they see fit and can progress to compete or participate in traditional rowing programs at the Kingston Rowing Club and canoe/kayak at the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club.
A dedicated volunteer group of board members, coaches and supporters had made the LB&BC a creative and vibrant part of the waterfront community where many types of sports can be tried at the grassroots and recreational levels and can be progressed to find the best level for the individual athlete from Active For Life to High Performance.
Our activities align with Rowing Canada and Canoe/Kayak Canada's Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) strategy to increase the physical fitness, competitive results and the wellbeing of Canadians in watersports. Working with Paddle Canada as a leader in recreational Paddling in Canada we created a multi-sport grassroots hub for the Kingston community to develop healthy active Canadians for life.
Current Board of Directors: Brad Brennan, David Casson, Helen Parfitt, Ryan Slate and A.J. Venter.
LBBC Mission Statement:
- To enhance the availability and safety of water activities in the Kingston Community by providing learning programs with a focus for children under 14 and adult recreation on and around the water.
- Provide a venue for small boat training and safety support for SUP, SUPR, paddling and rowing in Collins Bay with a safe secure storage facility and safe launching dock.
- To facilitate further athlete development in the sport of rowing at the Kingston Rowing Club and Sydenham Canoe Club in traditional rowing and Spring canoe/kayak boats in competitive or recreational programs.
- Facilitate and support safe participation in water activities for youth and adults in the Kingston area by providing safe launching facilities, instruction and activities to build skills knowledge and activity.
- Provide location for SUPR/SUP recreational instruction in the sports of SUP, paddling and rowing.
- Cooperate with local elementary & secondary schools and youth organizations to provide a location for water activities and education like rowing teams.
- Provide a pathway for Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) with the Kingston Rowing Club and Sydenham Canoe Club.
LTAD FOCUS AREAS
- FUNdamentals (6-8yrs old) – Introduces fundamental movement skills and builds overall motor skills.
- Learn to Train (9-12yrs old) – Establishes overall sport skills as well as water-sense and basic boat handling skills.
- Train to Train (12-16 yrs old) – Builds general endurance, speed and strength while learning to scull.
- Active for Life (all ages) – Encourages players to remain active through rowing, either competitively or recreationally, for life.