Practices for the season may be booked starting January 15th* (Please see our booking policy for important information about booking your practices). When you are ready to book practices please send an email to: email@example.com indicating your team name and your requested coaching level. If you are registered for the Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival please include your team number as well. After March 5th your information will be entered into our on-line registration system and you will be sent a password so that you can login to book all of your practices. If you would like to request practice times prior to March 5th these must be sent by email. The on-line booking system can be found at: http://dragonboat.rideaucanoeclub.ca/jsp/Login.jsp. If you would like to look at current availabilities you may do so at the following link: http://dragonboat.rideaucanoeclub.ca/jsp/availabilitiesro.jsp. Please note that while you may book practices without submitting payment your practices are not confirmed until payment is received. If you are in jeopardy of losing your practice bookings because you have not paid you will be notified by email and given 2 days to respond.
When do practices take place and what are the standard days and times?Practices for the season begin the first week of May (weather dependent) and end the third week of October. Our standard booking times are:
Weekdays - 6am, 7am, 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, and 8pm
Weekends - 8am, 9am, 10:10am, 11:15am, 12:30pm, 1:35pm, and 2:40pm
If you would like a time during the day on weekdays or weekends please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will see if this is possible.
*Note During May and September we often slightly adjust our evening practices times to accommodate sunlight conditions.
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Each coach is assigned a coaching level based on years of experience. Coaching levels are determined by the number of practices/years that a coach has coached in our dragon boat program. There are four levels of coaching including Development (Dev), Junior (Jun), Senior (Sen), and Veteran (Vet). When you register your team you need to indicate the level of coach you would like. All of our coaches are excellent.
The following descriptions provide general guidelines that may help you in selecting a coach for your dragon boat season.
Development (Dev) - Coach is new to our program
Intermediate (Int) - Coach with 1-3 years of experience with our program
Senior (Sen) - Coach with 3-5 years of experience
Veteran (Vet) - Coach has 5+ years experience
In the case where 2 or more teams book a specific coach the team who has paid for their session(s) first will take precedence.
A team may cancel a practice without charge if 48 notice is given. If 24 hours notice is given the charge is $25 and full price is charged if less than 24 hours notice is given.
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After your practices are booked you will receive an invoice by email within a few weeks. We ask that payment for any extra practices be made before your first practice. If you require a receipt for practices please send an email to email@example.com and one will be provided.
Yes. The Rideau Canoe Club will host two drummers clinics where drummers can come out and get tips about calling the race. Topics discussed will be commands, race strategy, etc. Below is a document to help drummers. It includes a variety of information related to drumming as well as information for the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival. This document is being updated regularly with more information. The clinic will take 45 minutes and will take place on May 28th and June 4th at 4:00pm. Registration is not required. Simply show up at the canoe club at 4:00pm. Please note there will be a $5 fee to participate.
If you are practising during non peak season (May, July, August) your coach will be able to find you as there are very few teams on site. Generally teams assemble on the hill (you will see this hill when you arrive for the first time) and the coach will come to you and introduce him/herself. During the peak season (June) when you arrive there will be a few boards posted which show teams and the area they should report to. There are 3 areas. The area number you are assigned does not correspond to the boat number. Your team should assemble in the area they've been assigned on the board and then your coach will meet you in that area. Often times coaches are coaching a group right before your session so coaches will get off the boat and come directly to meet you.
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No. Practices are not cancelled if there is rain. The only situation where a practice may be cancelled is in the case of lightning
directly over the practice area. The decision to go on the water or not go on the water are made on site at the time of the practice and in the history of the festival only about 10 practices in total have been re-scheduled due to weather.
Only in the case of lightning will a practice be delayed and/or cancelled. The maximum amount of time we will delay a practice in the case of lightning is 15 minutes at which time we cancel the session. In the case a team is not able to get on the water, the charge for the session will remain on the team's account; however, the team will have the opportunity to book a make-up session at no charge. Credits for cancelled sessions due to lightning are not refundable or transferable and make-up sessions must be booked during the current season.
Do we need a steersperson?
Every team must provide a steersperson for the race. Steering is not an easy task and we recommend that you appoint someone who has some canoeing or sailing experience (if possible). Steerspeople will be given instruction during the practice sessions but it is highly recommended that they attend at least one of the steering clinics.
If we really can't find a steersperson what do we do?
If you are finding it difficult to find a steersperson you are able to rent a steersperson for $26 per practice and/or $35 per race (+ HST). If you would like to rent a steersperson for the festival you can request one by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you feel that you are going to need a steersperson for the race please contact us in advance. Steerspeople are provided on first come first serve basis. Fees for steering will be added to your team account for practices and for races. A portion of the costs ($10) goes towards a reserve fund to cover damage costs to the equipment when a hired steersperson breaks equipment (in 2016 we were charged $3253.14 CAD for damages). This is the reasoning for the increase in fees ($25 -> $35). In order to be covered for damages payment must be made through the club and a coach cannot be directly paid. If a team pays a coach directly and there is damage to the boat the team is responsible to pay all fees.
Are drummers available for hire?
Drummers may also be hired. Typically teams will only hire a drummer for races. The cost for drummers is $30 per race (+ HST). Please contact email@example.com in advance of the festival. Fees for drumming will be added to your team account for races on the Saturday. Should you advance to Sunday you will pay the coach directly at the time of the race.
How many practices are included with the festival registration?
When you register for the Ottawa Festival you receive 2 free practices. These practices must be taken during the month of June.