Photo of James Lavallee paddling in a kayak

Our club is still very small, but we think it’s important to find & train kids for the NAIG, so they become proficient paddlers before they find themselves at the NAIG. So far, our club hasn’t received any support from our national or provincial sports bodies, however thanks to the generosity of the Rotary Club of Orléans we can offer the equivalent of two full-summer programs. Although that doesn’t seem like much, we figure it’s better to have a very small program than none at all. If additional funding comes through, we will accept more kids into the NAIG stream, but currently, we only have the two (sponsored) spots available. Obviously, parents always have the option to pay for a spot in the club’s regular summer program. Kids who are interested in being sponsored for NAIG training will submit a short bio, explaining why they want to paddle at the NAIG. Applicants will be invited to several training sessions this June, and selection for the sponsored spots will be based on both their bio and their attendance/effort/enthusiasm.

The technical package for the 2020 NAIG describes the types of watercraft that will be used, as well as age categories, and race distances, but it hasn’t come out yet. The Canoe/Kayak Technical Package from the 2017 NAIG had three age categories: U14, U16, and U19.

Petrie Island Canoe Club Program Registration
  • AGE: 12 to 17 Years
  • DATES: 4 Sessions – June 12, 19, 22, and 26
  • TIME: Wednesdays from 4pm to 6pm and Saturdays from 10am to noon
  • LTAD LEVEL:FUNdamentals & Foundations
  • PRICE: June Sessions FREE – 2 Athletes will be selected from the June Sessions to continue throughout the summer for FREE

WHAT TO EXPECT: On our first day, ALL Beginner Summer Camp paddlers will take a basic Swim to Survive swim test. The second dip of the day will be “Tip, Turn, and Tow”, where paddlers will practice tipping and retrieving their boats safely. Most participants spend the first couple of days getting their balance in kayaks. Don’t sweat getting wet- even Olympians tip sometimes!

Come prepared to get wet, and bring a dry, warm change of clothes + sneakers and a water bottle. Hope to see you soon!