Terms and Conditions

Minimum Swimming Standards

Participants under 18 years of age must pass the “Swim to Survive” test.

The Lifesaving Society defines the minimum skills needed to survive an unexpected fall into deep water. These are expressed in a skill sequence in the Canadian “Swim to Survive” standard:

  • ROLL into deep water
  • TREAD water for one minute
  • SWIM 50 metres

That applies to every child in each of the following programs:

  • Sprint Racing
  • Regatta Ready
  • Canoe Kids

The canoe club will schedule afternoon/evening swim tests at Ray Friel pool during the 6 weeks leading up to the start of summer camps.

If you are concerned that your child may not be able to pass the Swim to Survive standard, please book their swim test early, so that they have more time to practice before their camp begins!

Kiddie Canoe-Kayak participants are not required to pass a swim test. Kiddie Canoe has a very low ratio of children to instructors, and they keep to calm, small water.

Adults in our programs have to sign a waiver that states that they are competent swimmers.

Program Fees

The Petrie Island Canoe Club(PICC) is an incorporated not-for-profit organization. We rely heavily on volunteerism, fundraising, and government grants to keep our programs running to their full potential. Our financial responsibility is to maintain an operating budget that will be self-sufficient without being dependent on fundraising and grants to offset day-to-day operations expenses. This philosophy is the basis upon which we calculate our membership and program fees. The table below shows a breakdown of our program fees and should help to provide a visual for comparison with other programs. While reviewing program fees, it is also important to review the resource and time requirements for programs that may be structured differently.

It is also important to note that for each competitive and full summer program registrant, the PICC is invoiced the following amounts from our various governing bodies:

  • Canoe Kayak Canada (CKC): $30 per paddler
  • Ontario Canoe Kayak Sprint Racing Affiliation (OCSRA): $25
  • Canoe Kayak Ontario (CKO): $10
  • Eastern Ontario Division (EOD): $35

Regatta-Ready Summer Camps – Introduction to Canoe-Kayak : $15 Insurance & Administration

Youth Racing Summer Camp – Junior Development: $100 CKC/OCSRA/CKO/EOD, $20 Regatta Fees

Youth Racing Summer Camp – High Performance: $100 CKC/OCSRA/CKO/EOD, $95 Regatta Fees

Payment Options

  • e-Transfer
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Credit Card – via PayPal

A 25% payment deposit is required to complete your registration

Youth Racing programs require a minimum volunteer commitment of 10 hours per child

If paying by cash, cheque, or e-Transfer, you are still required to complete online registration. Make cheque payable to: Petrie Island Canoe Club

Families With Multiple Children, please contact petriecanoe@gmail.com before registering for our 8-week programs to receive a 10% discount on registration for your second child, a 15% discount for your third child, and a 20% discount for your fourth child.

Final payment arrangements must be made 2 weeks prior to program start. Failure to meet commitments above may result in cancellation of your registration.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to petriecanoe@gmail.com and are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

Full Summer Program Conditions
  • A $25 cancellation fee will be applied on cancellations received up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the program
  • A $50 cancellation fee will be applied on cancellations made between 2 weeks prior and the program beginning
  • A 25% cancellation fee will be applied on cancellations made up to 2 weeks after the program begins.
  • There will be no refund if injury or illness occurs after 2 weeks from program start.
  • There will be no refund for no-shows
  • There will be no refund for suspensions as a result of members violating safety policies and/or Code of Conduct.
Two and Four-week Program Conditions
  • A $50 cancellation fee will be applied on cancellations received up to 2 weeks prior to the start of the program
  • A 50% cancellation fee will be applied on cancellations received within 2 weeks of the camp beginning.
  • There will be no refund if injury or illness occurs after 2 weeks from program start.
  • There will be no refund for no-shows.
  • There will be no refund for suspensions as a result of members violating safety policies and/or Code of Conduct.

Code of Conduct

Athlete’s Involvement/Responsibilities

All paddlers are expected to be dressed and ready to train at their scheduled times. Paddlers are expected to be on their best behavior and to conduct themselves in a sportsmanlike manner at all times. Each athlete and/or their parents will be held responsible for their conduct at Petrie Island Canoe Club and at any out-of-town regattas. Paddlers will clean up after themselves at home and away; they will aim to leave their area tidier than it was before they arrived. Athletes traveling with the club will be expected to remain with their teammates or designated chaperone at all times unless previously clearly defined arrangements have been made. All paddlers are expected to follow any guidelines set down by the coaches and chaperones.

Paddlers are responsible for the care of boats, etc. used during their training times. Paddlers will show respect for themselves and for others. Please note that Petrie Island Canoe Club does not assume responsibility for determining a paddler’s swimming competency. It is required that all paddlers have a swimming proficiency equivalent to the Red Cross Swim Kids Level 6.

Parent Involvement

The club depends on parent volunteers to do a great variety of work. Some tasks involve special expertise or require significant experience with Sprint Canoe-Kayak, but most do not. Some projects have to be done on the island, while others are done from home or elsewhere. Some are year-long commitments and others require short bursts of effort. In other words, no matter what limitations there may be, there is surely something you can do to help the club. Make your talents known, we need you! Petrie Island Canoe Club will need help organizing regattas, driving the boats, setting up our site, preparing snacks, driving safety boats, transportation and chaperones to out-of-town regattas, sewing paddling-related clothing, and equipment, painting signs, organizing team clothing sales, fundraisers, etc.

The sprint racing program is by far the most costly program run by the club. The fees are highly subsidized, however, the volunteer services provided by the parents of competitive athletes offsets this expense. Competition expenses such as travel, accommodations, and entry fees are the sole responsibility of each participating athlete and/or family. Petrie Island Canoe Club may offer assistance by way of van or bus rental providing seating for paddlers/parents.

In addition, it is asked that all competitive athletes/parents participate in our fundraising projects. These efforts are essential to ensure the financial stability of our club. Fundraising is common to virtually all non-profit competitive sports organizations. Maximum participation in this endeavor will result in less work for all.

Standard of Conduct Policy

Canoe Kayak Canada has a Standard of Conduct policy. All members of the CKC and all members, employees, and volunteers of the Petrie Island Canoe Club are expected to follow this Code of Conduct.

  1. Coaches, athletes, officials, volunteers, and administrators share responsibility for the orderly conduct of canoe and kayak competitions:
    • they shall at all times acknowledge the authority of appointed competition officials and treat their roles and decisions with respect
    • they shall at all times exercise self-control and show proper respect for peers, competitors, and spectators
    • they shall at all times demonstrate due regard for the overall integrity of the competition.
  2. Coaches, athletes, officials and administrators share responsibility for understanding and complying with the rules under which canoe and kayak competitions are conducted:
    • they shall at all times observe the relevant club, local, divisional, provincial, national and international rules and regulations governing the sport of canoe and kayak racing.
  3. Coaches, athletes, officials, administrators, and volunteers shall, when at and away from competition sites, conduct themselves, at all times, in a manner consistent with the ideals and values of CanoeKayak Canada:
    • their behaviour shall at all times be respectful, professional, responsible, and sportsmanlike;
    • they shall treat others with respect and shall not speak disparagingly of any other athlete, coach, official, administrator, volunteer, or program;
    • they shall not engage in conduct likely to bring the association, competition, or sport into disrepute.

Code of Conduct for Traveling Athletes

It is important to remember that as athletes, you have other responsibilities that travel with you to out-of-town regattas. Those responsibilities are outlined below and you are expected to abide by these guidelines. You must remember that not only are you representing yourselves, but also Petrie Island Canoe Club, Orléans, and the City of Ottawa. How you act and behave is a direct reflection upon your club, etc.

Please be reminded of the following that will be applied to all athletes regardless of age. We ask that athletes abide by these basic policies:

  1. Conduct at all times shall reflect honesty, good sportsmanship, courtesy, and respect toward others.
  2. All policies, procedures, rules and regulations of Canoe Kayak Canada must be followed at all times.
  3. Use of language that is abusive, foul or offensive to others is prohibited.
  4. Possession and/or consumption of any alcoholic beverage while traveling with the team or while attending sanctioned training sessions or regattas involving paddlers, is prohibited.
  5. Providing alcoholic beverages to anyone under the minimum age of 19 years or where prohibited by law is prohibited.
  6. Being impaired or intoxicated is prohibited.
  7. Possession or consumption of any illegal drugs is prohibited.
  8. Theft or possession of stolen property is prohibited.
  9. Willful acts of destruction to the property of others are prohibited. It is the responsibility of the individual perpetrating such acts to make restitution where required.
  10. Non-compliance, by any athlete, with any/all above policies will be subject to disciplinary action by the Petrie Island Canoe Club Board of Directors.