SUMMER Camps – General Information


Kiddie Canoe (ages 4-9yrs) is a young child’s ideal introduction to canoe-kayak.  Tuesday and Thursday mornings, we play around in boats, while exploring the waters surrounding Petrie Island’ gorgeous nature reserve.

Regatta-Ready (ages 9-15yrs) is a classic two-week intro to canoe-kayak.  Learn basic boat skills, while soaking up the sun, making new friends, and exploring the shoreline of Petrie Island & surrounds.  On the last day of the program, show off your paddling prowess at a 1/2-day novice regatta (parents welcome)!

Youth Racing (ages 9yrs+) is an eight-week outdoor sports program. Kids keep active 5-6hrs/day, developing boat skills, while acquiring important life skills like leadership, teamwork, and responsibility.  Over the summer, kids’ boat skills and athletic abilities improve dramatically.  Every day, we practice paddling single boats, team boats, and war canoe, and play dryland sports & games.  On weekends, kids have a chance to race with their team at several local, divisional and provincial regattas, gaining confidence with each stroke!  High school kids may train as safety boat drivers, and earn their volunteer hours on the water.  Regatta Schedule to be posted in January.

Regatta-Ready Program
(2 weeks)

Petrie Island Canoe Club Regatta Ready Program Participant

Regatta Ready is a 2 week introduction to Sprint Canoe-Kayak, and provides all the basics needed to progress into the full summer Youth Racing Sprint Program.
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Youth Racing Program
(8 weeks)
2 Boys paddling hard in a K2 race

Our Youth Racing Program is an 8 week program designed to accommodate the developing Canoe/Kayak athlete, respecting their individual needs and developmental level.
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Adult Dragon Boat Program
(4, 8 & 12 weeks)
Team of Adult Dragonboat Paddlers

Have you always wanted to do Dragon Boat, but found that practices were too far away? The East End finally has its own program, at Petrie Island!
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Sample Schedule for Day Program

Time Activity
8:00am-9:00am Supervised child care
9:00am-10:30am Kayak single boats
10:30am-12:00pm Canoe team boats
12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch hour
1:00pm-2:30pm Dryland training: games, circuits, running, and ecological education/stewardship
2:30pm-4:00pm War Canoe
4:00pm-5:00pm Supervised child care

What to bring to camp:

  • Paddling equipment will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own lifejackets.
  • 2 changes of clothing daily will be required; clothing should be comfortable, loose fitting and preferably made of quick-drying fabric.
  • Paddlers get wet every day, and a good breeze can make even warm days feel chilly. Pack a hoodie for after practice!
  • Flip-flops/sandals and running shoes are required.
  • Sun screen, hat, water bottle, lunch and snacks.

Pre-requisites: Although no paddling experience is required, all paddlers must demonstrate minimum swim ability.

Prior to getting in boats participants must show that they can roll into the water, swim 50 metres (any stroke), and stay afloat (tread water) for 1 minute, as per the National Lifesaving Society Swim to Survive standard. Instructors will assess swimming ability on the 1st day of the program so please come ready to get in the water. Swim ability is assessed without a lifejacket or other flotation device.

If your child is nervous about passing the swim test, we encourage you to take him/her to your local pool to practice beforehand.