This two-week summer camp for beginners provides all the basic canoe-kayak skills needed to continue into the Youth Racing Intermediate and Advanced Summer Camp Programs.  Beginners are welcome to join the 8-week Intermediate program directly, if they are keen to start racing right away!

  • AGE: 8 to 14 Years
  • DATES: 4 Sessions – July 2 to 12 SOLD OUT, July 15 to 26 SOLD OUT, July 29 to August 9 SOLD OUT, August 12 to 23 SOLD OUT
  • TIME: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm with Complimentary 1 hour before and after care (8am to 5pm)
  • LTAD LEVEL:FUNdamentals & Foundations
  • PRICE: $495.00-$550.00
  • * Beginners who finish the two-week camp and wish to keep paddling may join our intermediate full-summer program at a discounted rate.

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!

As soon as we’re able, your group will head out on its first adventure together. Each day on the water, you’ll improve your strength, skills, balance, steering, and endurance. By the time you have been paddling for two weeks, you will be ready for your first regatta!

REGATTAS: Each Two-Week Beginner Summer Camp wraps up with a half-day mini-regatta (the first three will be held at Rideau Canoe Club, on Mooney’s Bay). Races are fun, low-key, and designed with beginners in mind! Parents are welcome to attend.

Returning Participants Our Beginner Summer Camp is the introduction into Sprint Canoe-Kayak. If you have taken the Beginner Summer Camp program before, we highly encourage you to sign up for our 8-week Youth Racing Program. If you decide to take this Two-Week introduction to Sprint Canoe-Kayak again, we would like to remind you that you will be going through the same introductory program as in previous years. There will be a few days of basic instruction, and then paddlers will be placed in speed and age appropriate groups.

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.