Powell River Gymnastics & Cheer offers a wide variety of programs and activities, suitable for all members of the community. Active living, being health conscious, balance, flexibility and overall wellness are all components of a healthy lifestyle, and we support our participants and the community to help them achieve such a lifestyle.
Parent & Tot Drop-In
Our Parent & Tot program provides children aged 4 and under the opportunity to come explore this facility with their parents, grandparents, guardians, etc. This program is meant to serve as an introduction to gymnastics and a place for both young children and adults to take part in physical fitness activities. Most importantly, Parent & Tot Drop-In is FUN, and most participants come at least once a week, if not more. Parent & Tot Drop-In provides both unstructured playtime and structured activities for children to take part in, meaning that there is something for young children of all ages. We offer this drop-in program three times a week.
For many athletes, the transition between our Parent & Tot Drop-In and our preschool classes is natural, and it is something that is looked forward to by many children when they turn 3. Preschool classes offer a structured environment with a weekly lesson plan for up to 6 children per class. This allows participants to work on balance and flexibility, and start to learn many of the basic gymnastic skills and techniques, as well as the terminology that is appropriate to this sport. For many, taking part in preschool classes acts as the perfect stepping stone to the rest of the programs that Powell River Gymnastics & Cheer provides for younger children.
Homeschool / Unschoolers Gymnastics
This is an all-round gymnastics class for home learners ages 5 to 12. Have lots of fun and still complete your weekly requirement for structured physical activity! Explore all of the equipment in the gym with a coach, and learn the proper way to warm up, stretch, and condition yourself for any sports activity. Components will include gymnastics, parkour, trampoline, etc. Who is this program for? Home school students between 5 and 12 years old, who love to try new things, be active and stay fit. Home school students in Grades 7 to 12 are invited to join our High School Program.
Our recreational gymnastics programs bring in the highest number of participants. We offer these programs in numerous classes throughout the week for various ages and skill levels for both boys and girls. We have recreational programs for athletes aged 5 to 19, at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Many of our athletes progress from our earliest programs (Parent & Tot Drop-In or ages 5-8 beginners) right through to our teen’s program, indicating that gymnastics is a sport that has the potential to be part of a child’s life right through to adulthood. No matter what age or level the participants are, there is a gymnastics class that they can learn the significance of fun, fitness, and fundamentals of gymnastics.
The teen gymnastics program is for boys and girls grades seven and up. This program is offered twice a week where teens have the opportunity to register in one day per week or two days per week ranging from beginner to advanced levels – no prior gymnastics experience is necessary. In this class they will learn a variety of techniques, strength, flexibility, and gymnastics skills. They will work at their own skill level and be given the opportunity to experience a wide variety of gymnastics skills in a safe, positive, fun learning environment!
Teens & Adults Gymnastics
We offer weekly class for everyone aged 13 and over. Adults come to this one all the time. No experience is required! This program gives any member of the community who chooses to participate a full-body workout.
This class is quite popular, and all age groups and demographics are represented across our regular participants. These sessions offer participants an opportunity to use equipment that they would otherwise not have access to, under the direct supervision of one of our certified coaches.
The format of this class has changed from a drop-in to a registered class. This is due to new strict trampoline coaching and usage requirements. For more information, please ask at the office. Thank-you.
High School Gymnastics
Gymnastics is a sport that combines many aspects of balance, strength, power, flexibility and focus. High School Gymnastics is for athletes from grade 8 through grade 12 of all levels and goals. Participants in this program are given the opportunity to compete at a local zone trials competition in February and possibly at BC School of Sport High School Championships in March. A large amount of our participants in high school gymnastics are from our teen gymnastics program.
Active Aged 50+
Classes include stretching, reaching, how to get up from a fall, balance practice, etc. A variety of class meant to develop strength, reach, stretch, and spatial awareness. This class will help active seniors improve their ability to do their everyday daily activities, as well as, improve their ability to do things they were not aware they could still do!
Tumbling & Trampoline
Our Trampoline & Tumbling classes combine the trampoline curriculum and the floor curriculum from our gymnastics program. This is a great class for those who love to tumble and bounce, and who are not interested in the traditional bars, beam or vault.
Acro Skills Development
Acrobatic gymnastics combines dance, gymnastics skills, and synchronization. Acro skills are increasingly a part of dance and athletes need assistance learning certain skills. This class will assist with those skills.
Do you have a gymnast, dancer or sports athlete who needs to work on their aerial skills? This is the program for them. This program allows focus on tumbling techniques and practice for aerials, supplemented by use of the trampoline to help achieve skills.
Aerial Circus Skills
Launched last year, our Aerial Circus skills programs focuses on silks for the younger participants, while the adults get the added bonus of the hoop and the trapeze. Circus arts builds confidence, imagination, and makes fitness fun for all levels. The magic of circus allows us to escape our preconceived ideas and starts us dreaming BIG!! It contributes fundamentals for personal and social development, as well as develops poise, strength and flexibility for all levels and ages. Starting age for these classes is 8 years old.
Parkour can be defined as “the act of getting from point A to point B in the quickest and coolest way possible.” We offer co-ed classes in two age groups. In the future, we will expand the parkour program to include a class for adults. The interest in parkour is something that is growing in the community of Powell River, and running these classes has brought us a number of new athletes that would not otherwise have taken part in the programs that we offer.
Recreational Cheerleading – currently suspended
In our recreational cheerleading classes, athletes will explore the disciplines of dance, tumbling, and “stunting” (group lifts, poses, etc.). This program is suitable for athletes who wish to learn the basics of cheerleading and is open to all ages and levels of experience.
Open Gym (Everyone Welcome)
On a monthly basis, we open the gym to the entire community, charging a minimal fee to help cover the costs of coaches and office staff to assist those who wish to participate. Open Gym allows anyone who wants to explore our facility the opportunity to do so, and try out our equipment in a safe and supervised environment. This event brings in people of all age ranges and abilities from Powell River and the surrounding areas, and it is something that many members of our community look forward to taking part in.
Birthday Parties & Special Events
Each year, we have many birthday party bookings and other special events that take place in our facility. Typically, most birthday parties consist of an hour and a half of structured play time on our equipment, led by coaches, followed by half an hour of party room time for cake and presents. Our birthday party bookings are popular, as they provide both fun playtime and the advantage of parents not having to clean up after having a party at home.
The varieties of special events that take place at our facility are organized by our staff, to provide activities for both those who are already registered in our programs, and other members of the community. Some of these events include birthday celebrations, yearly sleepovers in the gym, kids and parents night out, where parents are able to drop their children off for the evening and enjoy a night out, holiday parties, and healthy living-related activities such as special yoga and nutrition sessions just to name a few.
School Gymnastics Classes / Gymnastics+Silks Classes
We offer programs for all schools in Powell River, Texada Island, and the surrounding areas. Teachers may book their classes for single lessons or a series of lessons, in which students have the opportunity to come explore our facility and take part in structured gymnastics lessons. Many students who come as part of these school groups have had no prior experience with the sport of gymnastics, and find that our school program is educational and something they enjoy. We have classes of all age groups who come to this program, from preschool through to grade 12.
We offer one-on-one private lessons with a certified coach, providing athletes with additional training and gymnastics instruction for anyone who would prefer to learn in a quieter environment with more direct coaching than would be received if they participated in a group. This is a popular option and provides a good environment for some of our participants who have various disabilities and need a quiet environment and one-on-one, hands-on instruction.
We offer a number of competitive programs to suit athletes of all levels. For girls, we start with our Developmental and Interclub groups, both of which train multiple times a week and compete in regional competitions. From these groups, many girls make the transition to our Junior Olympic program, in which they compete on a provincial and national level. The Junior Olympic program offers levels 1 to 10; 10 being National/Olympic level. In our competitive groups here at PRGS, we have athletes ranging from levels 1-10 representing our community. For boys, we offer a junior developmental group who will take part in regional and provincial competitions once the team is ready.