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Manitoba Paddling Association - Riverview

$100 for a Five-Day Kids' Dragon-Boat Sport Camp at Manitoba Paddling Association ($200 Value)

The Fine Print

  • Expires Aug 6th, 2012.
  • Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather. Must be between 10 and 16 years old. Must be able to swim. Must bring life jacket for children sized small or extra small.
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Questions and Answers 14 questions

Q:

Before buying this Groupon I would like to make sure there is space for one child for the July 9th camp. Thank you

Wendy E.  asked on  Mar 15, 2012

A:

Hi Wendy! Please contact the merchant directly to inquire about specific availability. They can be reached at (204) 925-5678.

Patrick S.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 15, 2012

A:

Hi Wendy, sorry it took me a while to answer. We do still have plenty of availability for both weeks of this camp. To be sure that you get your desired spot, please give me a call at 925-5678, and we will get you set up right away!

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 15, 2012

Q:

Which week of July is this being offer and how do we pick the week we want?

Tony P.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

Tony, thanks for your question. This camp is running either; Monday, July 9–Friday, July 13 OR Monday, July 30–Friday, August 3. Go ahead and purchase your Groupon and then call (204) 925-5678, to schedule which week you would like. Enjoy!!

Sana Q.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

Hi Tony, I should also mention that we have many other camps running throughout the summer, although none are as attractively priced as this offer! Our next lowest price is $150.00 for a youth kayak sports camp.

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 14, 2012

Q:

Can we buy two groupons for the same child if she wants to attend both weeks?

Barb S.  asked on  Mar 14, 2012

A:

Sure, why not- I'm glad to hear there are excited kids out there! If she wants a slightly different experience she should also consider our kayak camps as well. They are by their nature much smaller and more intimate, and are also a ton of fun! In those, the kids start in flat-bottomed sit-on-top kayaks, and progress up to using real competitive kayaks, like the ones used in the olympic sprint style competitions. They do cost more, as they are not available through Groupon, but are low for a summer day-camp in terms of price; $150.00 for the week long kayak camps. We will be running these on several weeks through the summer. We are a sport organization under Sport Manitoba, and so we are wanting to bring people in to try our sport, it's a part of our mandate. The goal for us is for some people to decide to pursue it. If there are people out there that like it enough that they want to spend more time with us, then by all means, we are glad to have them on board our boats! I should also mention that we have drop-in programs in adult dragonboating if you are interested!

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 14, 2012

Q:

Is there a fridge for the kids lunches and do they have access to a microwave? Is there anything on site for them to purchas should they forget their lunch? How many kids are are able to sign up for each session? We are only able to do one of the two weeks offered if it full will there be a refund? Thanks

Bonnie S.  asked on  Mar 14, 2012

A:

Hi B, yes there are both a fridge and a microwave on site. We do not have a canteen or food on site, unfortunately. Groupon is great about refunds, but as long as you call me tomorrow at 925-5678 you'll be able to fit as many as you want to buy. Feel free to buy and use as many as you want.

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 14, 2012

Q:

What is the size restriction ? Height and weight requirements ?

Sandra R.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

There is no hard and fast rule, simply use common sense. If they are smaller than the average kid of their age in their classes, then that would be the indicator to use. If they are more or less average size, it will be fine. If they are larger than average, then you are all set. If you have any further questions on this matter please feel free to give me a shout at 925-5678. Again, if you think that your child willl be able to paddle a boat upstream, then all is fine. Otherwise, maybe it would be better to wait a year. From what you have said so far, I think it will be fine. Your child is essentially 10, so they fit our criteria. If they are very small, then they will have a tough time with paddling.

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

Q:

My child is 9 years old but is turning 10 in August , can I still sign up or must the child be 10 years old when attending the camp?

Sandra R.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

Hi Sandra, That's a very good question! The age restriction is mainly based on size, in that the child must be large enough to move a boat against the current on the river. It is not an issue of a legal requirement, or a desire to not deal with younger children. I guess I'm saying that this is a bit of a judgement call; if your child is relatively large and strong for their age it should not be an issue at all. If however, the opposite is true, then this camp may not be the best choice for your child. We also offer many smaller kayak-focused camps throughout the summer, if that is something that might appeal. Dragonboat is probably the best choice for a smaller kid though, as you have a whole boatful of people to help you paddle! I guess I'm saying that you should be fine, but to take your child's size into consideration when booking. Thanks!

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

Q:

Life jacket for sized medium and large you guys have to loan out?

Paul J.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

Yes

Sana Q.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

Q:

hi, I like to know how many adult supervision per group and how many kids per group? What other safety guidelines are in place? thx

Dante L.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

Dante, thanks for your question. There will be a ratio of at least 1 Counselor to 10 campers or better. The kids will be wearing life jackets & they will be with trained and certified instructors. The manitoba paddling association is the organization that brings students from their first time on a paddle to olympic levels. Instructors are fluent in first aid and other techniques. Enjoy!

Sana Q.  from  Groupon  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

Q:

can you give me the agenda for a typical day @ camp? also, where is it?

Pam S.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

At a typical camp the kids would arrive at 9, and we would try to have them out paddling by 9:30 or 10, with some time in the morning for stretches, or a warm-up. Some days we would play team-building games, or go to the soccer field across the street from our club for a game or two, so that the kids aren't over-whelmed. Kids need a bit of variety in their day, as paddling for 7 hours is not really possible for a newbie. We would have lunch in our clubhouse (bring your own bag lunch) and the kids would be out and active again by 1 pm. They would all get a chance to try kayaking, and may get to try competitive canoeing (high-kneel style, like in the olympics) if they want to. It's a little tough to describe a 'typical' day, as every day would be different. We might take them swimming one day, if the weather was bad, or paddle to the Bridge Drive- In if the weather is good. It really depends on the weather, and the level of motivation that the kids have to paddle. If they are excited to do lots of paddling, then we will be do so, if they would rather play dodge-ball in kayaks (one of our paddle games) then we do more of that. We feel that it is important to be flexible, and to take kids tastes into account. Also, our club is located at 80 Churchill Drive.

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

Q:

If the weather is not suitable are there other activities the children will be doing?

Valerie R.  asked on  Mar 13, 2012

A:

If the weather is really bad we will try to engage the kids in other activities like crafts, making team t-shirts, and indoor circuit training in our gym. That being said, in the event of a bit of rain, we will still be out paddling. We would call our on-water activities in the event of strong winds, rough water, hail, or lightning.

Daniel M.  from  Merchant  replied on  Mar 13, 2012

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