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.


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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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“I am building a fire, and every day I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” —Mia Hamm, gold-medal soccer player

It's time to light the match Sloan MacKenzie, Craig Spence and Michelle Russell. 
Watch our Cheema athletes leave it all on the water starting on Thursday, March 11. Access live streaming and draw information at
Posted on March 10th, 2021

In August 2022, Dartmouth, NS will host the 2022 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships (“Canoe ’22” or the “Championships”).  Approximately 1500 athletes from over 80 countries are expected to participate in the Championships.  This builds off of Dartmouth successfully hosting the Sprint World Championships in 2009 and 1997, as well as the Junior World Championships in 1989.   

The Board of Directors for Canoe ’22 (the “Board”) is responsible for ensuring a successful Championships that delivers an exceptional experience for the athletes, volunteers and community stakeholders.  The Board is currently looking to hire a General Manager who would oversee all aspects of the event, including leading a team of employees as well as community volunteers.   

A overview of the employment opportunity is attached to this email, including the key roles, responsibilities and ideal qualifications of the General Manager. 

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position. Please note that only those applicants being evaluated for, or selected to participate in the interview process will be contacted. 

Apply in confidence by sending a cover letter and resume to by March 17, 2021.

Posted on March 5th, 2021

We are hiring for our summer program.  Please send resume's to  Have these submitted by April 1st to be considered for these positions.  Looking forward to another great summer at Cheema!

Posted on February 24th, 2021

Have you ever given any real thought to the power of single raffle ticket purchase? Seems insignificant right? Did you know that something so simple in your life has the power to fuel dreams and light a competitive spark for so many young people? 

Picture the young paddler finally able to stay upright in a kayak after tipping 100 times, the child with autism who crosses the finish line in their first 200m race ever or the athlete who has the Olympic rings in their sight. The simple act of purchasing a 50/50 ticket no longer seems so inconsequential anymore. 

Purchase your tickets today and support programming and equipment purchases that allow Cheema Aquatic Club to help Nova Scotian youth set goals and succeed on and off the water. What an investment you're making. #wearecheema #blackandgoldforever

Posted on February 8th, 2021
Thinking about summer yet? It's that time of year already! Our online registration for our summer programs will open on February 1st at 7am.
We are only offering full summer programs again this year, from July 5th to August 27th.
Mark this date in your calendar so your kids don't miss out on another amazing summer at Cheema.


Posted on January 18th, 2021