SUMMER Camps – General Information

Petrie offers TWO SUMMER CAMP OPTIONS for children 9-15 years old (age as of Jan 1st, 2017). Regatta-Ready is our two-week introduction to canoe-kayak, and our Youth Racing Program runs for eight weeks. Paddlers will be divided into groups, and will rotate through practices for team boat canoe/kayak, single boat canoe/kayaks, war canoe, and dryland. Dryland includes games, running, circuit training, and environmental stewardship/education.

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 continue 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.