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Sprint Training Overview:
A Flow diagram of Rideau Season Programs and Regatta Ready (RR) 'Introduction To Sprint' opportunities.


Bantam (U15) & Under Summer Programs:
 Programs will run Monday through Thursday as full-day schedule and a half-day o
n 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.

Midget (U17) & Older Programs: National Level Midget (U17) and Older will typically train early in the morning and evening making space for novice and younger paddlers to utilize equipment and coaching between 9 am-4 pm.  Midget (U17) athletes are invited to take part in advanced sessions based on commitment and performance.  Although the program is designed so paddlers can take part in both canoe and kayak sessions most will specialize in one or another. Paddlers wishing to race in a specific discipline must attend the appropriate practices to be entered for competitions.

View examples of the Fall & Winter training sessions for a better view of the full year training schedule.

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.

Regattas: Paddlers will get information on upcoming races a week or two prior to the event. It is very important that paddlers notify their coach if they are unable to attend any regatta as team boats require a team commitment. Any paddlers who race at the U15 Eastern Ontario Divisional trials and qualify for the Trillium regatta, they will be required to attend the Trillium Championships (Ontario Championships). All paddlers who are participating in an away regatta will be expected to help with Boat Loading both at Rideau and at the regatta prior to leaving. CLICK HERE to view a sample regatta schedule.



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