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Swimming Requirements

Intro to Sprint Paddling | Canoe Kids Summer Camp | Recreational Programs | Dragon Boat Programs

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). Swim ability is assessed without a life-jacket 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. 

We offer swim assessment dates prior to the first day of camp. Your child must successfully complete the assessment on an assessment date prior to the summer camp. There is no assessment on the first day! The assessment will take place at the Rideau Canoe Club dock in the Rideau River, and it will be supervised by a certified lifeguard. No Registration is necessary for the assessment nor is registration in a program. Participants are required to pass the assessment every year.

The 2018 assessment dates are: June 9 and 16; July 7, 14 and 21; August 11 and 18, all starting at 10 am.