Orientation

Please note: All programs run from 9-4pm but supervision will be available between 8 am and 5 pm. If later supervision is required, arrangements may be made with individual coaches on a fee for service basis.

First Day

The schedule for the day program is set prior to the beginning of the competitive season. The frequency of sessions and the intensity of the activity may vary according to the age class and level of the paddler. All children should be contacted by their coach prior to the summer by email or phone, if this call is not made by one week before the summer, parents should contact the Summer Paddling Chair, Jim Perrin at perrinj@halifax.ca.

Drop off and Pick up

All CHEEMA members are to be prepared to begin their sessions at the scheduled time. Late arrivals should be called in advance for safety purposes. Pick up by non-parents should be notified to the program leader or coaches on site.

What to Wear!

Appropriate clothing should accompany the member to the club and should be carried in a gym bag along with plastic bags for wet gear. Dry gear for home travel avoids potential hypothermia. Gear is not to be left in the club as no lockers exist. Clothing lost or stolen is not the responsibility of CHEEMA. The club area must be free of litter and garbage by day’s end.

It is strongly suggested that children wear water shoes or sport sandals for foot protection and bring sneakers for dry land activity. Brimmed hats, sun block, bug spray and an ample supply of drinking water is also required.

A war canoe kneeling bun is required for full summer kids (Atom, Peewee and Bantam).   Racing singlets are required for all full summer paddlers (Peewee and up). A life belt is required for all Peewee and Bantam athletes. These can all be purchased at the canteen or available at registration. A life VEST (PFD) is required for all Canoe Kid camp (2 week) athletes and Atoms, these can be purchased at Canadian Tire or WalMart.

Personal Flotation Devices- Safety First

Atom aged paddlers are required to wear an approved life vest (PFD) while on the water. Peewee and bantam paddlers must wear a life belt (water ski belt); a limited number will be available at the canteen at CHEEMA. These are difficult to find, Canadian Tire may carry them as well. NOTE: There are no exceptions to this rule

Lost and Found

We suggest that the names be placed clearly and with permanent ink on both the belt and the vest. Any other articles of clothing should have names as well. The lost and found is located at the front of the clubhouse near the canteen. Any articles left for a long period of time will be sent for donations. Parents should check the lost and found weekly. Cheema is not responsible for lost articles.

Get to know you

Please note that the first two days of the program will be spent on proficiency testing and club orientation. The Canoe and Kayak development program of “Canoe Kids” will be the framework for paddler development. Certificates and development cards will be given to all children in the domestic day program.

Equipment

Paddles and boats are provided. Diligent care of equipment is a necessity at CHEEMA due to the high cost of equipment.

Take a Dip!

Swimming is to occur in approved areas only and under supervision. Back to top

Discipline

CHEEMA utilizes the progressive discipline policy. Failure to comply with guidelines will result in first a warning; second incident will result in a temporary suspension. Third incident means permanent suspension without refund. Please refer to the discipline policy in this manual.

Creating a Positive Training Environment

The executive, coaches and athletes of CHEEMA wish to build a strong, positive team spirit within the club. To accomplish this, we must be assured that all members of the organization feel comfortable belonging to it and we must ensure that a positive training environment exists for all. 

The coaches will be working much more closely with the Paddling Committee to ensure that a positive atmosphere exists at the boathouse, on the water and at regattas. To achieve this goal, the following behaviours will not be tolerated:

  • Foul language at any time.
  • Bullying or intimidating behaviour towards other athletes.
  • Insubordinate behaviour towards the coaches.
  • Physical, verbal or sexual harassment by males or females.

The Discipline Process

The coaches will discuss inappropriate behaviour with the athletes as it arises. Parents will be notified at the end of day.

Inappropriate behaviour that persists will result in the Paddling Committee being notified. Based upon discussions between the Paddling Committee and the coaches, it is likely that parents will be notified about the harassing behaviour. If the inappropriate behaviour still persists, the Paddling Committee will discuss the behaviour with the Executive Committee and further sanctions, such as suspension of the athlete from the club, may occur.

The executive committee hopes that everyone will support these efforts to develop an environment that is conducive to training and to everyone enjoying the sport of canoeing and kayaking.  See the policy here.

I have a complaint.....

No program is perfect, just as no person is perfect. Throughout the summer there may be times where you have concerns or complaints. Complaints are best dealt with in the following manner:

  1. Deal with complaints or concerns in private, little people have big ears and may not fully understand the nature of the complaint.
  2. Handle small issues quickly before they become big issues. The coaches and Board members are available to hear your concerns and will try to solve the problem as best they can. Their contact numbers are posted on the website.
  3. Our day coaches are asked to handle as many problems as they can, they are also asked to refer to our Day Supervisor or Head Coach when they feel it is appropriate and may ask for you to speak to them instead.
  4. Deal with big complaints following the “24 hour” practice. If you are very upset, chances are, the complaint will not be dealt with to your satisfaction. Take some time, remove yourself from the emotions of the situation and form your complaint with a clear head. Regatta sites are not the place to deal with issues.
  5. If you have a complaint, please offer a solution as well. All of our coaches and volunteers work very hard to provide the best program available but would be open to suggestions for improvement. Back to top

Regattas All Peewee and Bantam paddlers are eligible to race at division regattas. (Our Atom paddlers will race at the club level only)

If your child is Peewee or Bantam, please make your child available for regattas. When one child misses the regatta, it means that 13 others may not get to race. If you are going to be away we ask that you tell the coach early in the week, that way, crews can be made up of paddlers that will be there for sure. The schedule for regattas is available in early spring each year and posted on this website. If at all possible, use this schedule when planning vacations!

The Cheema Aquatic Club belongs to Canoe Kayak Canada (www.canoekayak.ca) Regattas take place around the province but the majority of them are held around the HRM region. All regatta schedules and results are posted on the Atlantic Division website www.adckc.ca

Regattas tend to be days that require a lot of patience and understanding. The focus is on maximum participation that requires a maximum of work for coaches, parents and participants.

Car-pooling is suggested as most competition sites have poor parking facilities.

Early arrival (1 hour prior to first race) is a must, as races require set up and coordination for coaches. Coaches will inform the children when their first race is. You may wan to touch base with the coach during the week before the regatta to make sure you have the correct time.

Attendance is not mandatory, however as Cheema’s focus is a competitive racing program we hope that most children will attempt to compete and benefit from the fun as well as the physical activity. Crew (team) boats and relay teams depend on persons committing to team members. Working and cooperating with others assists in the social development and confidence building of our youth.

Race Day for paddlers

  • Bring comfortable seating and umbrellas rain or shine!
  • Bring kneeling bun, singlet (racing shirt) and paddle (if you have your own)
  • Bring sun block and bugs spray and beach gear.
  • Bring a towel and clothing change
  • Bring coolers with lots of drinks and water.
  • Avoid milk products or orange juice on race days.
  • Bring light snacks and fresh low acid fruit.
  • Bring a great attitude and a smile

On Race Day

The coach is in control. The parents are supporters!

While our coaches are very approachable and are always available to talk with parents about their child’s progress, race day is not the time for discussions. There are many children that need to be attended to and while your child might not be in the boat they would like to be, be assured that the coaches are selecting crews to the best of their abilities and are following the club’s criteria for selection. If you would like to discuss your child’s specific needs, please do so on a non-race day. Once the crews are selected, the coaches are not able to make changes.

Cheer!

Cheer on your child and all the other’s as well. The kids can hear a commotion on the shore and whether they are first, last or in the middle, they are doing the best they can and appreciate the support. Feel free to leave your chair, go down to the shore and yell as loud as you can!

Plan for the whole day

Races are sometimes pushed back due to weather or other delays. If your child is racing, try to keep the whole day open. Other kids may be depending on your child for a crew boat and leaving before a race affects many kids and coaches. Bring a book or help out in the canteen, cheer on the other kids and enjoy the fresh air. Back to top

Pitch In and Make it Happen

  1. Volunteers are required one half hour prior to their time slot to run over the specific task they are required to fill.
  2. Line Judges – Record finishes for each boat that crosses the line.
  3. Timer – Passes time information to Chief Official.
  4. Safety Boat Drivers – Operates safety boat in a prudent manner in accordance with Transport Canada / Coast Guard Regulations and provide timely pick up for capsized paddlers.
  5. Pick Up Boat – Shuttles rescued person to dock area or picks up finishing paddler onto next awaiting race from dock area.
  6. Site Area Coordination – Assist paddlers and boats up from docks and keep paddles and equipment organized in a safe fashion.
  7. Canteen workers and bbq “chefs”
  8. Boat Loaders (loading and un-loading club boats on the trailer for transportation)

You may be asked to take on one of these tasks from time to time. Some of these volunteer positions are “official” regatta positions and may require orientation by the Division.

Volunteerism

The best way to feel a part of the CHEEMA team is to get involved. All parents and children were new to the club at one point. We try very hard to make sure no one person takes on too much. While it may seem to the newcomer that everyone else knows everyone, this is not true. There are new people each year, new kids and new parents. Having a diverse group of parents with varying skills and abilities is as important to the club as having a great crop of new paddlers each year. Many friends are made as we struggle to keep the boats floating!

By volunteering you are:

  • Meeting people
  • Taking an active role in your child’s membership
  • Sharing the load
  • Ensuring club success
  • Having FUN
  • Getting a better sense of what is going on
  • Sharing in the team’s success
  • Earning undying gratitude!

To volunteer or to learn more about what the volunteering options are, please contact Brenda Fair at 902-860-0876  or your child's coach.

The club depends on you to do a great variety of work. Make your talents known, as the Cheema “To do” list is long and never ending. Our goal is for each parent to sign up for one activity per year so that we all share the load and no one person is over whelmed.  Back to top