don't let a lack of knowledge hold you back from acing your oc1 time trial

  • In this OC1 time trial program you will learn:

    The skills, strategies and training used to paddle an OC with confidence

  • In this program we will cover:

    The sport specific training that increases stroke power

  • This program is perfect for you if:

    You are a woman who wants OC training to enhance your dragon boat paddling

  • This program is for you if:

    You require OC training specific for a time trial or club team try outs

  • This program is specifically for paddlers who:

    Has access to and can train on an OC1

  • In this program we will cover:

    How to be balanced and centred on your OC to paddle efficiently

  • In this program we will cover:

    How to recover from a huli and unweight the ama to avoid leaning left

  • This OC1 time trail program is for you if you:

    Want to use the OC for cross training but lack the information on how to get started

  • This program is for paddlers who want to:

    Get the answers to the top questions asked by dragon boaters starting OC training

  • This program is specifically for paddlers:

    Who want the conditioning and training to shave seconds off their sprint race time

The OC1 Time trial program outline

This program was created from a dragon boaters perspective and developed by Coach Anna Mathisen to help us paddlers get the answers to the questions we may have about training in an OC1.

We will tackle the obstacles that may have stopped us from doing an OC1 time trial required to try out for club crews or national teams. 

Our goal is to provide you with the concrete tools and necessary skills you can implement immediately to help you move past the blocks that can hold you back. 

This sport specific conditioning is focused on the dragon boat paddler who cross trains on the OC1 with an intent to do a sprint race!  


Nine Video lessons with over sixty videos!

Nine books that you can download

The course content has no expiry date

Learn at your own pace on your own time

Full access to new and updated content

In Anna’s Key OC1 Training Sessions she gives paddlers specific training to achieve their


We know you’re already following a training program and that just doing more won’t get results. Adding top end training will. 

Is your current OC1 training giving you the specific training you need to shave time off your sprint race? Anna has developed sport specific methods for us dragon boat paddlers to achieve speed and finish strong in a one sided sprint race!



Here are a few hard truths from Coach Anna:

  • If you don’t sit centered you are prone to injury
  • When you don’t have a plan that targets the specific needs for Dragon Boat paddling, you will get the same or worse result year after year. Especially as you get older
  • If you time trial on an OC2, and you are not using resistance when you train on your OC1 you are not preparing yourself
  • The older you are, the more you need to learn technique and skill as a foundation for getting faster
  • Women lose muscle mass every year after the age of 40… Every woman needs to focus on building their paddling muscles
  • If you are borrowing a canoe and being led around on the water, you will plateau
  • If you are paddling around and keeping up with others, you are not building your race strategy
  • Looking at your stroke rate on a speed coach is not the same as using a metronome to take control of your cadence
  • If you don’t do endurance training, you will not be able to train enough to get the speed you need to go faster
  • If you don’t’ work on being centered you are weighting the ama and losing speed creating more resistance

This OC1 time trial program was created specifically for the dragonboat paddler who cross trains for a sprint race on the OC1. We’ve got you covered!


take a look at the modules in this course

The Race Plan

Ask the questions provided to coaches or proctors to prepare for your time trial, gather the equipment listed, learn how to set up your equipment and plan to be safe for successful training.

Go Fast Without Huliing

In this lesson you will get the drills to learn the brace stroke, what it is, why you need it, when to use it, and how it will stop you from huliing and help you build confidence on your canoe.

How to recover from a huli (flipping)

In this lesson you are going to learn a few different techniques on how to get back up on your canoe from the water based on your strength and ability.

avoid leaning left and weighting the ama

This lesson will teach you how to sit centered and balanced in your canoe and how to paddle right with confidence.

Adjust your stroke from DB to OC

In this lesson you will discover the differences between paddling OC1 and DB and learn what adjustments you can make so you can produce power in an OC1.

Dry land conditioning for stroke power

Find out the common mistakes in the outrigger stroke and get exercises to increase connection. This conditioning program develops a powerful stroke through a series of sport specific dry land exercises.

OC1 Key Training sessions

Anna has put together these key training sessions to improve your speed and tempo threshold so you can perform at your peak. With these strategic paddling sessions you will develop the ability to go at a faster stroke rate with power.

Race Strategies and race prep

In this lesson we are going to help you develop the strategies and skill needed for: steering, lining up, starting, finishing and focus while racing.

Dry Land TT prep and warm up

In this lesson you will get a sports specific warm up sequence to get your blood flowing, wake up your balance and proprioception, and fire your paddling muscles.

My first attempt was exactly 15 seconds better than my previous best on our lake and my 2nd was 14 seconds better!!

Lately, I have been racing against the younger and lighter paddlers. I have consistently beaten everyone except one person.

I really like that this program is directed to women with all our specific attributes and requirements. I have really enjoyed all Modules so far—especially proper alignment and balance to promote confidence, and conditioning exercises for stroke mechanics.

Great to see competitive, conscious women like you and Anna coaching more women and athletes to be their best.


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This program is designed for individual paddlers to do at their own pace and time!

You will need the following. Each item is listed in module one of the program and purchase details provided: access to water, an OC1 and paddle, a PFD, a tempo trainer, a yoga block, a resistance band, and a GPS watch or tracker. 

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