Are you looking for a challenge? If yes, then the Regatta Ready camp programs are for you!
Regatta Ready camps are a great complement to the Canoe Kids Camps, as paddlers, aged 8 to 15 years, build on their paddling skills and have the opportunity to compete at regional regattas. This is a progressive summer program that nurtures our athletes in their development.
FUNdamentals Day Camp (Ages 8-14):
This is a 1 week camp for new paddlers but campers can sign up for multiple weeks as the program changes week to week. Campers will enjoy spending their days in and on the water learning the skills to paddle in sprint canoe, sprint kayak, war canoe and dragon boat in a fun environment. All campers get to finish their week with a fun regatta at Ottawa River Canoe Club Friday afternoons. Parents are encouraged to come out Friday afternoon to watch their children demonstrate their new skills and maybe even teach their parents a thing or two. Campers will also have the option to compete in a divisional regatta Saturday with the rest of the club (not mandatory) (see regatta table below).
Learn-to-Train Camp (Ages 8-14):
This is a 1 and 2 week camps for paddlers who have some sprint paddling experience. Paddlers will build upon the skills they learned from previous summers of paddling. There will be a fun regatta at Ottawa River every Friday afternoon, but paddlers are also expected to race at the divisional regatta at the end of their 1 or 2 weeks. Athletes may sign up for multiple weeks and work towards competing at Divisional and Provincial championships if that is their goal. The focus is on team spirit as the campers represent the ORCC at regional regattas organized by the Eastern Ontario Division of Canoe Kayak Canada (see regatta table below).
Train to Train Sprint Program (Ages 13-15):
This is a summer-long competitive program with 6 weeks of training. Athletes train 2-3 times per day on and off-water in a non-day camp format (athletes are welcome to stay on site from 8:30 am until 4 pm). Expectation is that athletes will compete at local regattas, and Divisional and Provincial Championships during the summer (see regatta table below). We also strongly encourage these paddlers to participate in the ORCC spring on-water training from June 6 to 29.
Descriptions of the Regatta Events:
The two early July regattas being held at the Gananoque and Carleton Place canoe clubs will offer events for all U11 to U15 athletes. These are ideal early season events for both new and returning paddlers to enjoy competing with similar caliber athletes from the other EOD clubs (Carleton Place, Sydenham, Gananoque, Rideau, and North Bay).
The July 29&30 Eastern Ontario Division Qualifiers at the Rideau Canoe Club will offer events for all of our campers. It is also the Eastern Ontario Division Qualifying event for older athletes to be eligible for the National Championships.
The August 12 Ontario Championship, at Rideau, is the Provincial Championship for U13-U15 athletes.
The August 19 Eastern Ontario Division (EOD) Championship at Sydenham Canoe Club will be our Divisional Championship for all U11 to U15 athletes. There will be events for all of our athletes.
Campers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the regattas; usually there is an opportunity to car-pool with other parents. ORCC does provide the boats, lifejackets and coaches for the regattas. Please ask a coach at the club for more information.
Safety is important to our club and all campers will undergo a swim assessment on their first day of camp that includes swimming 50 meters and treading water. All campers, regardless of swim ability, are required to wear a life jacket while on or near the water. Realizing that our participants have varying swimming abilities, the ORCC recommends that all paddlers strive to attain a progressive swim competency following the Red Cross Swim Kids program.
Hours of Operation:
Regular camp hours, for drop-off and pick-up, are 8:45 to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
ORCC also provides optional early drop-off and late pick-up supervision by camp counsellors. For a fee of $30 per camper per week, campers can be dropped off at 8:00 am and picked up by 5:00 pm.
Regatta Ready 2017 Fee Breakdown:
Racing Classes for 2017
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