Individualized Periodize Coaching

The Tahoe Waterman paddle training program helps you get faster in several ways.


Sports-Science Based Conditioning Plans: Instead of ad-hoc workouts that provide general paddling conditioning, our plans are specifically phased and personalized to get you to optimal condition for your goal race(s). The periodized training plans work in blocks that build on one another to aid paddlers in reaching peak fitness. To do that, the plan includes specific training to build a strong endurance base, the necessary paddler power and strength, race speed, and importantly, the right stroke and paddle technique to really take advantage of your optimal physical conditioning. Every aspect of your training and technique is optimized using the latest sports science and training techniques.


Elite-Performance Driven Stroke Technique, at Tahoe Waterman, our stroke technique is based on the science of paddling - drawn from decades of experience from Olympic-level paddlers, combined with the on-the-water experience of Coach Jay Wild, an elite paddler who successfully competes globally in paddle sports races. When you work with Coach Jay, you can be confident that you are learning the best of the paddling world's science-based, elite performance-driven paddling technique.  

Data-Driven Fitness Optimization, we encourage our athletes to share their workout data from performance measurement devices like sports watches, heart-rate monitors, and stroke sensors. Coach Jay reviews and uses this data to fully understand the effectiveness of the training program, and your progress in building fitness. He tunes and optimizes your training based on real results and data, combined with qualitative feedback from you, the athlete.  At Tahoe Waterman, all of that translates to one simple thing - YOU going faster than your peers because your training is perfectly optimized for you. In addition, we formalize the role of stroke rate as it relates to heart-rate, paddler effort/work, your boat speed, and stroke technique.  They are all precisely and predictably interconnected.

Humanistic coaching approach, humanism can manifest itself through the coaching process in five ways. 

AFFECT, emphasizing affect means paying greater attention to thinking and feeling and less attention to acquiring specific information and skills. SELF-CONCEPT, helping athletes to develop a positive self-concept is another way to emphasize humanism. COMMUNICATION, communication includes attention to the principles and skills of effective human relations, honest interpersonal communication, and constructive conflict resolution. PERSONAL VALUE, characteristics, and behaviors that motivate and guide our decisions. TIME, organizing and planning, divide your time between specific activities and priorities.


The Individual Paddle Training Program is an in-season, integrated training program including a periodized, personalized training plan, and in-person (on-site) paddle technique sessions. The program is coordinated with your schedule and depending on your circumstances can incorporate group or club workouts in your training plan. Individual training session details are delivered via Training Peaks for easy access.

All plans and technique sessions are designed and delivered by Coach Jay Wild.