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Bantam Program

Bantam (U15) & Under Summer Programs: Programs will run Monday through Thursday as full-day schedule and a half-day on Fridays. Our coaches are excited to start building a team of Purple Power Atom (U11), Peewee (U13) and Bantam (U15) athletes who will spend the day at the club with their friends learning all the skills and fundamentals of Canoe/Kayak in a fun-filled, healthy and encouraging environment.


The daily summer schedule will run from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm Monday through Thursday and 9:00 am - 12:00 pm on Fridays. 

Monday through Thursday will be broken into four sessions with a lunch break in the middle of the day. Paddlers will be grouped according to age and ability, and will rotate through all four sessions including a big boat session (war canoe), kayak session, canoe session and a fun dry land/games session. Fridays will run with two sessions in the morning, and the day ending at lunch. Lunch-hour will be supervised by Rideau's coaching team on-site; however, Bantam (U15) aged paddlers are permitted to leave for lunch, with parent consent. Peewee (U13) and Atom (U11) paddlers may also have lunch off-site but must be accompanied by an adult.

Pre-requisites: Prior to getting in boats participants must show they have the ability to roll into the water and 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 this process we welcome you to swim along with your child to ease the nerves.