The High Performance, Summer Program and the Masters programs are for those who want to learn to paddle and compete in the Olympic style racing canoes and kayaks. Masters Sprint programs are for those 25 years of age or older. The Summer Camp programs are two week sessions for children and youth between the ages of 8 and 13 who want to learn to paddle in recreational canoes and who may want to “try out” Cheema.
You can download registration forms on the home page. The form can be brought to registration or mailed in with the payment.
Q When do the summer programs start and finish?
Programs usually start the first day of July that falls on a weekday. All paddling groups except the camps start then. Camp paddlers usually start the first Monday of the first full week of July. ( see each year’s calendar) The staggered start of the programs enables us to get underway in an organized fashion. The summer program runs till the last week in August, before Labour Day weekend.
Q: At what age can my child start the paddling program? Do they need to be a strong swimmer?
A child must be at least 8 years of age on January 1 . Children should be able to swim 50 m. Kids will be given a swim test prior to beginning the paddling program.
All paddlers in the Bantam, Peewee and Atom age groups (under 14) must wear a flotation device. Parents must provide lifejackets for paddlers in the Atom group (under 10). Lifebelts can be purchased from Canadian Tire for Peewee and Bantam paddlers.
Q: How many people paddle a War Canoe? What is a bun used for?
A war canoe consists of 14 paddlers and a coxswain. It's a real team effort. The bun is placed under your knee to cushion it and can be purchased from the club.
Q: Who participates in regattas? Where do they take place and how do I get there?
Regattas are lots of fun. We encourage all paddlers to attend regattas and help out their team members. Paddlers should be ready for their races and be prepared to be a spare. Each regatta is for a specific age group. Most regattas are within 20 to 45 minutes of Cheema and paddlers must find their own way to the regatta. Everyone should help load and unload the boat trailer before and after the regatta.
Q: Do I have to pay for my personal canoe to be stored in a boat bay? What about personal racing kayaks?
To store a personal recreational boat you must pay the boat bay rental fee of $50.00. This would apply to recreational kayaks, canoes, wind surfers etc. Personal racing kayaks/canoes are stored at no charge if you are registered in a full year paddling program.
Q: Why does Cheema need Fundraising and Corporate Sponsors?
The revenues raised from registration are not enough to cover the operation costs of the Club. We depend on funds generated from fundraisers such as the Annual Auction, Paddle-a-thon and Dragon Boat, etc. and our Corporate sponsors to keep our Club in operation. Can you or your employer help us by donating time, materials or funds? The volunteers at Cheema also provide a huge service by donating their time.
Q: What is the orgin of the name Cheema? Was that the name of your founder, or is it a first nations word?
The summer program runs from 9 am to 4 pm. We open the gates at 8 am and close at 5 pm. While the program does not run the full hours, supervision is available for your child.
Q: Is there an Orientation Night for the summer program?
Yes, the orientation night will be held late in May at the Club. Parents of children involved in the summer paddling and 2 week camps are encouraged to attend - especially first year members.
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This weekend our Coaches and athletes will resume training at Cheema. Thanks again to the Keevill's and Maskwa for sharing their lakefront during the last six weeks. With the boathouse project moving along on schedule we will be fully operational with a brand new boathouse and renovated Clubhouse to greet the Summer Program. Thanks to our Project Team and all those who donated for making this happen.
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The Frank Garner Boathouse
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Cheema Aquatic Club
1390 Cobequid Road
Waverley, Nova Scotia