Our Youth Racing Program is designed to accommodate the developing Canoe-Kayak athlete, respecting their individual needs and developmental level.

Petrie Island Canoe Club Program Registration
  • DATES: July 3 to August 24 (excluding August 6)
  • TIME: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm with Complimentary 1 hour before and after care (8am to 5pm)
  • U11 PRICE: $1145
  • U13-U15 PRICE: $1250

Price includes all registration fees, regatta fees, racing jersey, insurance, and taxes. Discount are available to families that register more than one child/youth – contact petriecanoe@gmail.com for more information!

Athletes practice paddling skills in a variety of boats, including single canoes/kayaks, team boats (2 and 4 person canoes/kayaks), and war canoe (C-15). Dryland training includes regular running, active games, and body weight circuits. Friends of Petrie Island provides paddlers ecological education and hands-on stewardship activities.

The program’s intent is to introduce the growing athlete to a number of activities and skills that will help to facilitate athlete development to an optimal level. Beginners are welcome! This is the perfect program for you if you love being outdoors, and want to:

  • develop your overall fitness;
  • gain skills and coordination;
  • learn how to be a leader and a great teammate;
  • learn how to set goals and work towards them;
  • have fun and make life-long friends!

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

Each day on the water, you’ll improve your strength, skills, balance, steering, and endurance. By the time you’ve been paddling for two weeks, you will be ready for your first regatta! By the end of the summer, you can expect to have significantly improved your general fitness, and have gained some serious boat skills, which translates into confidence on the water! REGATTAS: Every second Friday, Regatta-Ready and novice Youth Racing paddlers will attend a half-day mini-regatta at Rideau Canoe Club (Mooney’s Bay). Races are fun, low-key, and designed with beginners in mind! Parents are welcome to attend. Youth Racing athletes will have the additional opportunity to attend four Eastern Ontario Division regattas. Athletes will receive regatta information a week or two prior to the event. It is very important that paddlers notify their coach if they are unable to attend any regatta as team boats require a team commitment.

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. Always 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.