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Summer camp attendance line: (613) 850-2628 or email info@orcc.ca

Regatta Ready Programs

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 14 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. Campers will enjoy spending their days in and on the water learning paddling skills in sprint canoe, sprint kayak, war canoe and dragon boat in a fun environment.

FUNdamentals Day Camps (Ages 8-14): 

  • These are 1 week camps for new paddlers; campers can sign up for multiple weeks.
  • Paddlers are encouraged (not required) to race at the divisional regatta held on Saturday at the end of their 1 or 2 weeks (see regatta table below).
  • On weeks when there is not a divisional regatta there will be a fun regatta at Ottawa River on the Friday afternoon to end camp.
  • 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. 

Learn-to-Train Camps (Ages 8-14): 

  • These are 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.  
  • Paddlers are expected to race at the divisional regatta at the end of their 1 or 2 weeks (see regatta table below).
  • On weeks when there is not a divisional regatta there will be a fun regatta at Ottawa River on the Friday afternoon to end camp.
  • 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 beginning in May. 
  • Athletes train 2-3 times per day (July & August) 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).  


At the Canoe Kayak Canada National Summit in December, clubs from across the country voted to change the age classes associated with racing.  Thew new ages classes are under 10 (U10), under 12 (U12), under 14 (U14), under 16 (U16), under 18 (U18) and Junior meaning over 18.  U15 athletes have been moved up to race with the U16's and will now be competing on days with the older athletes and at the National Championships.  For more information on age classes please see below.  If you would like any additional information regarding these changes and how they may affect your child, please do not hesitate to contact the ORCC Executive Director and Head Coach Joel Hazzan (exec.director@orcc.ca).  

Descriptions of the Regatta Events:

  • July 6 Gananoque Club Regatta (U10-U14)  this is the traditional Gananoque Canoe Club regatta, which focuses on fun and learning how to race for new and more experienced athletes under the age of 14.  This location has a great viewing location for parents, so come out and cheer on our athletes.
  • July 13th Carleton Place Canoe Club Regatta (U10-U14) this is the yearly Carleton Place regatta, which also focuses on fun and learning how to race for new and experienced athletes under the age of 14.  This regatta site has excellent viewing options, and a perfect area to have a picnic while watching the races.
  • July 20th North Bay Canoe Club Regatta (U10-U14) this is our first overnight away regatta in North Bay.  It is intended for U10-U14 athletes.  At this regatta athletes get to practice some longer distance races, while they also have fun staying the night in a hotel with their teammates and families.
  • August 10-11 Eastern Ontario Division Championships (U10-U14) at the Sydenham Lake Canoe Club will offer events for all of our campers. It is also the Eastern Ontario Division Qualifying event for athletes wanting to compete at the Provincial Championships in Ottawa the following weekend. 
  • August 17 Ontario Championship, at the Rideau Canoe Club is the Provincial Championship for U12-U14 athletes who qualified at the EOD Championships.
  • August 24 Eastern Ontario Division U12 Fun Regatta at Petrie Island Canoe Club will be a fun filled day of racing for all U12 and under athletes.

In addition to the regular regattas, ORCC will be participating in 2 U12 regattas hosted by the Rideau Canoe Club (July 26th and Aug. 9th).  These regattas are for athlete's who are U12 and under only and the focus will be on fun and developing canoe and kayak skills.

General Information:

  • 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, life jackets 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. This assessment allows our counselors to determine each campers comfort level in and around the water.  No camper will be turned away due to swim ability as ALL campers, regardless of swim ability, are required to wear a Government of Canada Approved Personal Flotation Device 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 counselors. 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 2019 Fee Breakdown:
Base camp fees
  • ORCC member base fee - $215 per 5 day week  /  $175 per 4 day week
  • Non-member base fee - $295 per 5 day week  /  $235 per 4 day week
Provincial and Federal sport organization fees
  • Annual mandatory fees for all regatta ready campers - $70 annual 
Please note that ALL regatta ready campers must pay an annual $70 fee required by our umbrella Provincial and Federal Sports Organizations. This $70 fee will be paid once on the first regatta ready program registration but not on subsequent weeks. The registration process will guide you through this and it is outlined in the table below.
Regatta fees
  • Weekly mandatory fee for all regatta ready campers - $10 weekly
Regatta's have associated costs which are covered by the regatta fee; excludes championship regattas.

Summary Table of Registration fees 
  ORCC Member  Non-members
First week  $295 regular week
  ($215 + $10 + $70)

 $255 short weeks
 ($175 + $10 + $70)
 $375 regular weeks
 ($295 + $10 + $70)

 $315 short weeks
 ($235 + $10 + $70)
Subsequent weeks  $225 regular weeks
 ($215 + $10)
$185 short weeks
 ($175 + $10)
 $305 regular weeks
 ($295 + $10)
 $245 short weeks
 ($235 + $10)

Racing Classes for 2019

2019 Division

Birth Year


2009 & after


2008 & 2007


2006 & 2005


2004 & 2003


2002 & 2001


2000 & before

2017 Paddler Handbook - contains a wealth of information for parents and athletes

Tick Information - visit the Ottawa Public Health website for further information

Upcoming events

 Camp week and Regatta

 Who can compete

Week #1- July 2-5 (Short week)
July  6- Gananoque Canoe Club
 FUNdamentals, L2T, T2T
Week #2- July 8-12
July 13- Carleton Place Canoe Club
 FUNdamentals, L2T, T2T
Week #3- July 15-19
July 20- North Bay Canoe Club
 FUNdamentals, L2T, T2T
Week #4- July 22-26
July 27 - Rideau Canoe Club  (U10's and U12's only)
 FUNdamentals, L2T
Week #5- August 6-19 (Short Week)

August 9 - Rideau Canoe Club ( New U10's and U12's only)

August 10 & 11 - EOD Championships

Sydenham Lake Canoe Club  


 FUNdamentals, L2T, T2T

This is a championship regatta, but all levels of experience are permitted.

Week #6- August 12-16
August 18 -  Ontario Championships

                      Rideau Canoe Club

(U12-U14 / No U10 events)

 FUNdamentals, L2T, T2T

To race at Ontario Championships you must have qualified at EOD Championships the week prior; some exceptions are possible.

 Week #7- August 19-23 (Mini Camp: Tues/Thurs/Fri evening 6-7:30pm)

August 24 - EOD FUN Regatta

Petrie Island Canoe Club

(U10's and U12's only)

 U10 & U12 athletes

Register for Regatta Ready Camps

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Contact Emails: 

  • info@orcc.ca (general and program information)
  • camps@orcc.ca
  • kayaking@orcc.ca
  • canoeing@orcc.ca
  • sup@orcc.ca
  • programs@orcc.ca
  • dragonboat@orcc.ca
  • info@orcc.ca


1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin

Summer Camp Phone Number:

(613) 850-2628

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