Cheema Aquatic Club

A globally recognized canoe and kayak club providing opportunities for youth to achieve success at every level as athletes and in life.

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Cheema offers a wide range of programs for all ages. If you are new to the sport, returning or have years of experience we have something for you.

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Best. Summer. Ever.

Join Cheema Aquatic Club in Waverley Nova Scotia, at the tip of scenic Lake Thomas. Register for one of Cheema's programs now.


Who We Are

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

About Us

What's New?

Cheema Aquatic Club will be offering an After School Program starting September 2018. The program will run from 2:00pm until 5:30pm Monday to Friday, also offering Full Day PD days. Cheema is well established in our community with close to 50 years experience in building our Canadian youth. Our program will take full advantage of our beautiful secluded 20 acre property, infrastructure and equipment, as well as the MacDonald Sports Parks that is adjacent to Cheema and are connected through our walking trails.

For more information on the program click here.

Posted on July 4th, 2018

We will be holding our Open House/Orientation Night on Thursday June 28th at 5pm - 7pm.

Drop into the club and join our open-house where you and your family can:

  • register an athlete for a program
  • get a tour of the facility
  • set up a canteen tab (cash, cheque or VISA)
  • ask questions about the program
  • meet the Summer Supervisor, Rick Storm and some of the coaches
  • purchase a Cheema singlet ( “jersey” required for regattas) - $40.00
  • meet and socialize with old and new members alike

Please note that Cheema is providing lifejackets’s for U13 and U-5 athletes as well as kneeling buns for canoeing included in your registration this year.  U11’s are expected to have their own lifejackets.  U13 and U15 athletes who own their own lifebelt will be permitted to use them this year, however for next year, all U11 to U15 athletes will be required to use a lifejacket when on the water.  This is a new policy which brings the Atlantic Division (A.D.C.K.C.) in line with national standards, Canoe Kayak Canada (C.K.C.) for the 2019 season.

***** If you have unwanted lifebelts/lifejackets taking up space in the garage or basement, the club is accepting donations for use with the summer program (U13 & U15).  Cheema is NOT purchasing lifebelts this year as they will be obsolete at the end of this season.

Posted on June 13th, 2018

At Cheema, athletes at all levels experience fun, teamwork, the glory of victory and the agony of defeat.  They build character.  They become leaders.  Cheema launches dreams that fuel athletes to become Regional, National, World and Olympic champions.

None of this is possible, however, without a fundamental piece of equipment….a boat.

The 2018 PanAm Canoe Sprint Championships in Dartmouth provide us with the once in a lifetime opportunity to purchase top caliber boats at a significantly reduced price. We want to capitalize on the opportunity but our funds are limited. 

Helps us to help the youth of our community by donating to our #Bucks4Boats campaign. The youth summer program paddler, the weekend warrior, the PaddleAll athlete and the future national, world and Olympic champions will thank you.

#Bucks4Boats GoFundMe Campaign


Posted on June 3rd, 2018

Dr. Richard and Mrs. Kathy Bezanson of Bezanson Orthodontics in Fall River presented a cheque to Cheema summer program athletes for their donation towards the Summer Program.  Bezanson Orthodontics is the 2018 presenting sponsor of Cheema's Summer Paddling Program.  Their contribution of $7500 will help this summer be one of the best summers yet!

Posted on June 2nd, 2018

Councillor Steve Streatch visited Cheema on May 26th to present a $10,000 cheque from HRM. Councillor Streatch was able to see the impact of the donation first hand as our athletes showed off the "new to us" K4 purchased with the funds.

Posted on May 28th, 2018