Regatta Ready is a two-week introduction to Sprint Canoe-Kayak, and provides all the basics needed to continue into the full summer Youth Racing Program.
- DATES: 4 Sessions – July 4 to 14, July 17 to 28, July 31 to August 11, August 14 to 25
- TIME: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm with Complimentary 1 hour before and after care (8am to 5pm)
- PRICE: $445.50-495.00
WHAT TO EXPECT: On our first day, ALL Regatta-Ready 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 safely, and retrieving their boats. 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 Regatta-Ready camp wraps up with a half-day mini-regatta (the first three will be at Rideau Canoe Club, on Mooney’s Bay). Races are fun, low-key, and designed with beginners in mind! Parents are welcome to attend.
Sample Schedule for Day Program
|8:00am-9:00am||Supervised child care|
|9:00am-10:30am||Kayak single boats|
|10:30am-12:00pm||Canoe team boats|
|1:00pm-2:30pm||Dryland training: games, circuits, running, and ecological education/stewardship|
|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.