Cheema Aquatic Club

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From early morning till dusk for over 40 years, our paddlers have earned their way onto the international sprint racing scene.

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Masters Coach - Cheema Aquatic Club

Position Type: Part-time

Start Date: April 1, 2019

End Date: April 30, 2020

Salary: Commensurate with skills and experience

Cheema is inviting applications for our Masters Coach position. Reporting to the Head Coach, the successful candidate will be responsible for the annual training program for our Masters program. The Masters program consists of an off-water winter program that runs from November 1 to April 30 every year, and two on-water programs that run from May 1 to October 31 every year. If you are passionate about Canoe/Kayak, and enjoy motivating individuals with a passion for life long sport, this is the job for you!


  • Design and implement the training programs for the on-water and off-water sessions, in consultation with the Head Coach and Masters Representative
  • Work towards growing the program and attracting new members
  • Communication with members
  • Annual regatta planning, leading into CanMas each year

The Ideal Candidate:

  • Proven leadership and organizational skills with a desire for lifelong activity in the sport of canoe/kayak
  • Experience coaching canoe/kayak with adults
  • Positive and enthusiastic
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Solid written and oral communication skills

Technical Qualifications:

  • ELCC Level 1
  • Current CPR, First Aid
  • Pleasure Craft Operator Licence
  • Minimum 3 years coaching experience
  • Police Vulnerable Sector Check (PVSC)
  • Valid Driver's Licence in good standing

Send your application to: Ed Wark, Masters Representative:

Deadline for applications: Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9:00 am AST


Posted on February 13th, 2019

Cheema is successful because of its volunteers. Please consider volunteering your time and talent to help us keep supporting our amazing youth. We are currently looking for volunteers in the following areas:

- Canteen - We are looking for someone to run the canteen for the summer. Ideally this would be a shared role, with two people leading the canteen and a large group of volunteers to provide support. Duties include:

  • Weekly shopping
  • Finding and organizing a parent volunteer schedule (daily from 11-1:30)
  • Hiring, scheduling, and paying athlete workers
  • Setting up and maintaining tab books
  • Working with the treasurer with deposits and spending
  • Maintaining a clean and safe canteen environment

Please contact Scott Smith if you have questions or are interested in helping out.

- Fundraising - our board is still missing a fundraising chair. This is a very important position, as our club depends on these funds to run. If you would like more information about what this position entails, please reach out to Nadine, or one of our board members.

- Building and Repairs - We need many volunteers to help keep our facilities and equipment in top shape. Please consider sharing your time and talent to help with boat repairs, dock building/repairs, or upgrading our 1000m course. Please contact Rob Sampson if you can help.

Posted on February 13th, 2019


Cheema Aquatic Club is accepting applications for a variety of positions for the upcoming 2019 Summer Programs.


Positions to be filled include:

Lead Coaches (U10, U12, U14)

Support Coaches (U10, U12, U14)



Recreation Program Lead (weekly recreation camps)

Recreation Program support


The summer program will run from Tuesday, July 2 to Friday August 23  (~ 8 weeks). Salary will commensurate with experience.  Salary Range $11.55 - $14.05


Responsibilities (including, but not limited to)

·       Support the vision of the head coach in implementing the summer program

·       Provide a safe and fun environment for summer participants

·       Promote a climate of respect for athletes, coaches, summer supervisor, officials and parents

·       Support and develop the technical skills and fitness of program participants

·       Be a positive role model for participants and represent Cheema Aquatic Club in a positive manner

·       Lead Coaches will provide weekly communications/updates (email) to participant families, board chair and supervisor


Certifications Required


All successful applicants will need to provide:

·       Child Abuse Registry Check,

·       Vulnerable Sector Check,

·       Appropriate Coaching Clinic certification offered by ADCKC – ELCC or Canoe Kids

·       Small Craft License to operate safety boats



Interested Applicants should forward a resume and cover letter to


Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on February 27, 2019 – No Late Applications Will Be Considered


Posted on February 7th, 2019

Cheema has recently lost the services of our cleaner so please be patient as we look for someone to fill the gap.  If you see something that needs attention around the club please take a moment and help out. If we all do something small, the combined efforts will make a visible difference. Little things like changing the garbage bag, giving the bathroom a quick wipe down after you use it, and picking up litter around the club will make a massive difference. 

With regard to the Cheema Cleaner position, we are looking for an individual for 3-4 hours per week to do deeper cleaning at the club. Tasks include sweeping and mopping the change rooms in the boathouse, a damp mop of the weight room, a damp mop of the upstairs common room , stairs and hallways in the clubhouse, disinfection of all door handles in the boathouse and clubhouse, a proper full cleaning of the bathrooms in the clubhouse, and alerting the Facilities Chair of low stock levels of cleaning supplies and when the garbage bins are getting full.

The job is posting at $110 per week. Cheema will supply all cleaning supplies and equipment.

Hours and days are flexible. Tasks could be broken down over multiple days and might suit a parent doing the Cheema drive.

If you might be interested in earning a few extra dollars, or know of someone looking for a job for approximately 3-4 hours per week, please let me know by Saturday, December 1st. We are looking to fill this position ASAP. I would be happy to provide more details on the cleaning tasks. Thanks!

Chris Wheatley

Cheema Facilities Chair

Posted on November 23rd, 2018

Posted on November 2nd, 2018