This program is designed for kids ages 10-16 with paddling experience in kayaks, who are looking for a new and exciting experience on the water! Surfskis are open-cockpit kayaks that are lighter, faster and more performance-oriented. Cates Park Paddling Centre now has brand-new fleet of youth-specific surfskis! Throughout the week our experienced instructors will lead games and activities so participants will learn:
- how to manoeuvre their ski effectively.
- how to remount their ski from the water and help others remount.
- about ocean safety: equipment, tides and currents, weather, and safe group travel.
- how to paddle forward efficiently.
- how to ride waves.
- Junior Level 1 or 2, Coastal Camp, Teen Camp or equivalent paddling experience (at least 3 days paddling their own kayak)
- At least 4 feet 4 inches tall
What to wear
We advise all kids to come dressed to get wet. A bathing suit and or non-cotton insulating layers are best, while polyester and wool are even better. If your child has his/her own wetsuit they are welcome to wear that as well.
Camps run rain or shine. If it is raining please bring a rain jacket and or rain hat. Please dress appropriately for the weather.
Please bring secure waterproof or water-resistant footwear, as well as sunscreen and a sun hat.
Sunglasses are encouraged but please ensure the glasses have a strap. If your child wears eyeglasses please make sure they also have a secure strap.
During the camps, kids often stop at a beach or on the water for a snack. Please bring a water bottle and a light snack in a waterproof container that can be eaten on the water. Kids should bring lunch and enough snacks for a day of activity.
After the camps, kids are usually wet, so we suggest bringing a change of clothes and a towel. Cubbies, located just outside the kayak centre, are available to store towels and clothes but please leave any valuables at home or in the car.
If you need more info on what your child should wear or bring check out our What to Bring page.
If you need additional info on our safety or cancellation policies, check out our Additional Info page.
If you have any other questions, see if they are already answered on our FAQ page or call us at 604.929.2268.