Commuting via dragon boat has a number of advantages: there are no traffic jams, there are no hitchhikers with hooks for teeth, and if you hit a deer it's definitely the deer's fault. Help the next generation learn the benefits of traveling local waterways with today's Groupon: for $75, you get a one-week Summer Kayak Sports Camp for kids 10–16 years old at Manitoba Paddling Association (a $150 value). The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, August 22, through Friday, August 26. Daily drop-off times are from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and pickup times are from 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The expert oarsmen at the Manitoba Paddling Association delight nascent aquanauts with a week-long camp packed with aqueous and dry-land activities at the Manitoba Canoe & Kayak Centre on the Red River. Certified instructors teach groups of up to 20 fledgling mariners to navigate the fluvial highways in an array of seaworthy vehicles, including canoes, kayaks, dragon boats, and kraken-powered chariots. Arms tired from water slicing return to shore for a plenitude of exploits on terra firma, using their newly sprouted sea limbs to gain the upper hand in terrestrial sports and arts and crafts.
Along with learning the basics of nautical navigating, paddlers spend the week training for the dragon-boat race held on the final day of camp. Campers should supply their own lunch to keep tummy engines fuelled throughout the day, and small-statured participants are advised to bring along their own small to extrasmall life jackets. Manitoba Paddling Association recommends that young seafarers swathe themselves in weather-appropriate clothing and footwear, sunscreen, and a hat to protect against elemental noogies. All other equipment and gear are provided by Manitoba Paddling Association.
Manitoba Paddling Association
The Manitoba Paddling Association functions as the provincial sport governing body for local competitive canoeing, kayaking, and dragon boating. The association encourages the community to stay physically fit while still having fun through a variety of events such as races, year-round programs, and annual Dragon Boat festivals. Events change according to the season, and include summer camps that school beginners in the kayaking basics, spring training that introduces tougher techniques for competitive teams, and winter programs that offer opportunities to stay fit on shore, such as cross-country skiing, indoor circuit and strength training in the snow.