Frequently asked Questions

Additional Information

What do I need to do to complete registration and ensure my spot is held?

Full Summer Programs  - Payment and Registration Policy 

In order to secure your enrollment you must provide the following, either online, at the CPCC office, or by attending a registration night at CPCC:

1. 25% payment deposit of total program costs, payable online via the website, cheque, or point of sale machine at the CPCC office (accepts Interac and credit card).

2. $100 volunteer cheque postdated for August 31st OR $100 volunteer fee deposit (either returned week of Sept 1st or after volunteer commitment is fulfilled - 10 hrs).   Must be submitted at time of registration, or dropped off to the canoe club office/mailbox within one week of registration.

3. Signed registration waiver(s), code of conduct, and concussion code of conduct (see website under Important Info: Waivers & Forms)

Payments may be sent at anytime throughout the Spring.  

All fees must be paid in full TWO weeks prior to program start dates: (you may send installments before these dates)

Failure to meet the commitments above will result in a cancellation of your registration.


Weekly Camps and Weekly Regatta Ready Programs - Payment & Registration Policy

In order to secure your enrollment, you must provide the following, either online, at the CPCC office, or by attending a registration night at CPCC:

1. 100% payment of total program costs, payable online via the website, cheque, etransfer, or point of sale machine at the CPCC office (accepts interac and credit card) 

2. Signed registration waiver(s) & code of conduct (see website under Parent Info: Waivers & Forms)

Registrations are only considered final when full payment is made for weekly camps.

What payment options are available?

CPCC accepts cheque, payment via our website, or at our point of sale machine in the CPCC office for fees. Upon online registration, you will have an "offline payment" option, which will enable you to print your invoice and make payment directly with the club, via one of the above mentioned methods. For more information on registration, please contact

Does my child need to know how to swim in order to become a member?

Having foundational swimming abilities is required for all youth programs, to ensure the safety of your children. All children are required to wear approved PFDs (life jackets) while around the water or in boats. Although there is no national standard for swimmer abilities, it is recommended that children meet the Red Cross guidelines for Swimmer Level 2. See link below for additional details:

How safe are my kids at the club?

Above all else, child safety is our utmost concern and #1 priority. As such, we take extreme care to ensure all of our members can participate in our programs in a safe and friendly environment. Coaches, staff and volunteers work hard to ensure the safety of all participants on the water.  As well as being competent paddlers, all coaches at the club are certified through our National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP), confident swimmers and Boat Operator Accredited training.  Safety boats are always within sight and ready to respond and carry additional life saving jackets.  To provide a safe and secure environment for our weekly summer camp programs the ratio of staff to kids is 1:10.  For all other kids programs, the ratio of coaches to kids is 1:12. We have established safety policies and ensure our coaches and staff members are fully trained on boat safety, water safety, etc. and continue to revise policies and procedures to ensure the safety of our members.

Senior staff and coaches proactively review program operations, policies and procedures, and potential safety concerns on a regular basis and take corrective action if/when needed. In addition, each member must sign a Code of Conduct Agreement (now online option - see Parent Forms section of our website) as part of the program registration process. This ensures members are aware of the rules and guidelines related to safety, member conduct, treatment of others, etc. If any member is found to break these rules and guidelines, corrective action will be immediately taken and parents will be notified. New in 2018, all Coaches on the water operating motor boats are required to wear a PFD.

How important is sun safety at the club?

Sun safety is very important to us. We encourage our youth members throughout the day to apply and re-apply sunscreen as they are outside for the majority of the day. If our members do not have sunscreen, we will provide it. We encourage parents to remind their children of the importance of wearing sunscreen and re-applying through the day. We suggest either a sport and/or spray on waterproof sunscreen with a high SPF to ensure adequate coverage.

What does my child need to bring?

For youth programs, we recommend your child bring the following: (see summer checklist on our wesbite)

  • Bathing suit, towel and plastic bag for wet items
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle (can be refilled)
  • Lunch with drink (sports drinks or ice tee recommended)
  • Closable lunch kits (to prevent any seagulls from stealing it)
  • Running shoes (sandals can worn, but not recommended for outdoor activities)

Is club merchandise available?

Yes! CPCC has a number of new partnerships for merchandise that offer some fantastic gear! We will be making merchandise available for purchase through our online store on the CPCC website this Spring. After orders are submitted, payment arrangements must be made to guarantee your order. Orders will be processed on a regular basis and you will be contacted as soon as your merchandise is in.

What if I have my own boat and/or equipment?

Personal boats and equipment are used by a number of our members and can be stored at the club’s storage facility, which is a locked and alarmed environment. Although there is no additional charge for storing member equipment, such as paddles, boat storage is continually limited and as such members will be charged an additional $60 to store personal boats for the year.  Payment and signage of our new Personal Boat Storage Contract will be required.  See the 'Waivers & Forms' section of our website.

What facilities do you have for training?

The club offers a fully furnished weight room for on and off season training. This includes both cardio equipment (e.g. spinning cycle) as well as free weights. Paying members can use this equipment for scheduled programs only, athletes under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a coach.

What is the volunteer commitment?

Each "full-summer/year round" member family is required to commit ten (10)  hours of volunteer time throughout the calendar year.  There are a variety of opportunities available for events and/or fundraising opportunities, building/maintenance etc., which can be completed by either/or the member family or the member directly.

Can I opt out of volunteering?

Yes. Each member family opting out of volunteering is required to make a $100 payment upon program registration. Member families that do not opt out of volunteering are required to provide a cheque made payable to the Carleton Place Canoe Club OR $100 deposit as part of program registration. At the end of the season (September 1st) those who have not completed volunteer commitments will have cheques processed and deposited retained by the club.

How will I know about volunteer opportunities?

There is never a shortage of volunteer opportunities at the club! We are always in need of volunteers for events and fundraising initiatives. Volunteer opportunities will be identified on the CPCC website, email communications and newsletters in early Spring and throughout the summer. It is up to member families to contact the volunteer coordinator to schedule volunteer commitments - coming March 1.

What is the EOD/CKC/OCSRA Membership Registration Fee for?

The EOD fee covers membership in the Eastern Ontario Divisional for $35 per competitive paddler.

The CKC fee covers a membership fee of $30 per athlete. Additional $10-$15 CKC fee depending on age class.

The CKO fee covers an insurance and membership cost of $25.

What is the Capital Improvement Contribution fee used for?

This fee is to cover additional equipment and building expenses incurred by the club that are not covered with membership fees. For example, in 2015 this fee helped the club purchase new kayaks, life jackets and war canoe paddles. In 2016 we upgraded our gym equipment and purchased a fleet of mini kayaks. 2017 brought upgrades to our staff lounge and board room area, as well as a large purchase of kayaks and canoes. In 2018 the club used the CIC to buy mini C2s.  The CIC is spent every year on equipment so that the members who contribute to it, reap the immediate benefits. 

What does CKC stand for?

Canoe Kayak Canada. The national governing body for our sport.

What does EOD stand for?

Eastern Ontario Division, to which the Carleton Place Canoe Club is a part of.

What are the various acronyms used for boats?

K = Kayak and the number proceeding this identifies how many people/what type of kayak it is. For example, a K4 is a 4-person Kayak. C = (Canadian) Canoe and the number proceeding this identifies how many people/what type of canoe it is. For example, a C2 is a 2-person Canoe and C4 is a 4-person Canadian C4. C15 = Typically referred to as a “War Canoe” is a 15-person Canadian Canoe.

Is there a difference between adult and youth boats?

Yes. The primary difference is the size and boats are smaller and easier to control. The club has been working hard over the years to acquire new boats that are adequately sized for our younger members, which has a direct impact on overall performance and results.

Does my child have to know how to paddle to participate in programs?

Our programs are structured to support paddlers from the very beginner stage to the highest of performers. Youth who have not paddled before are encouraged to join our Canoe Kayak Kids or Regatta Ready Programs available on a weekly basis or throughout the full summer.

Does my child have to participate in regattas?

Not all programs require members to participate in regattas. For Canoe Kayak Kids, members are encouraged to participate in a CPCC “fun day” regatta(s) (typically held on some Fridays at the Rideau Canoe Club)  to introduce young members to racing. For Regatta Ready, members are encouraged to participate in the Annual CPCC Regatta. Others, such as Competitive Program members, are encouraged to participate in various regattas to further develop their paddling abilities and competitive racing skills.

What is the Annual CPCC Regatta?

The CPCC Annual Regatta is a two-day event held on the Mississippi river in front of the canoe club building. Upwards of 10 other canoe clubs from all over Ontario and Quebec traditionally attend this event, bringing in roughly 300 athletes and upwards of 600 visitors to the heart of Carleton Place. The first day of the event hosts a youth regatta consisting of roughly 90 races ranging from 200m to 2km, while the second day hosts a 16 and older regatta, including adult canoe/kayak races.

Want to support this event? See our Volunteering page.