The Balmy Beach Canoe Club’s Canoe Kids program is a skill development program that focuses on the fundamentals of canoeing and kayaking.  This program is designed as a fun based introduction to the sport.  Campers will have the opportunity to paddle in canoes and kayaks of different varieties, as well as participate in dry-land and on water games.  The program will have a balance of technical instruction along with play-based learning.  Weekend competition opportunities will be provided to campers who wish to get more involved in the sport at no extra fee, however, racing is not a required component of the program. 
Canoe Kids runs with an 8:1 camper to coach ratio.  All Balmy Beach Canoe Kids coaches are NCCP Canoe Kids Trained and are level one first aid certified.  Campers must be at least 8 years of age and have a Red Cross Level 6.  All campers are required to wear a PFD when participating in on water programs.  All equipment, including PFDs, are provided by the canoe club.  Registration can be done on a week by week basis or for the entire summer.


8:50 am Arrival & Sign In

9:00 am Warm up games and Activities

9:30 am On water session #1

10:30 am Dry land games

11:30 am Lunch

12:00 pm On water session #2

1:00 pm Sign out and goodbyes!

Week 1: July 6 – July 10

Week 2: July 13 – July 17

Week 3: July 20 – July 24

Week 4: July 27 – July 31

Week 5: August 4 – August 7*

Week 6: August 10 – August 14

Week 7: August 17 – August 21

*Short week due to holiday

Meet Chris Mehak

BBCC Assistant Head Coach

Chris started his paddling career with the Balmy Beach Canoe Club and was a paddler in the BBCC Canoe Kids program from 1999-2002.  He went on to be a member of the Canadian Canoe/Kayak National Team where he was a member of the 2010 and 2011 world championship teams.  Chris returned to the Balmy Beach Canoe Club in 2019 as the assistant head coach.  He is most passionate when teaching youth the fundamentals of canoeing and kayaking technique. 

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