Beginner Kayaking - Fredericton, NB
Soldier On will be partnering with Paddle Canada Instructors from Sea Kayak Moncton to offer members in the Mactaquac Provincial Park Area a chance to get a Level One Certification in Kayaking over the 2-day period of 18-19 July 2023. During this opportunity participants will learn On-water Safety, basic paddling strokes, equipment and clothing, trip planning, navigation and route selection, rescues and so much more.
This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.
The objective of this activity is to give participants the opportunity to learn about proper paddle techniques, water safety, trip planning and gain confidence to pursue kayaking safely on their own once the event is over. All instruction will take place near the Mactaquac Provincial Park Marina.
This event serves as a beginner-moderate friendly option, where participants can learn all required safety and paddling skills to continue kayaking at their leisure.
Rental equipment (Life jacket, kayak and paddle) will be provided to the participants the day of the event.
Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Sea Kayak Moncton, info can be found on their Facebook page
18-19 July 2023
0845hrs - Arrive at Mactaquac Provincial Park Marina and check in with Soldier On Coordinator;
0900hrs - Introductions, Course outline, Certification, Housekeeping
0930 – 1200 Instruction begins with Theory and Practical;
1200-1300hrs – Lunch, provided by service provider;
1300-1630hrs- Instruction continues with more Theory and Practical; and
1630 - Activity ends and depart.
The number of Soldier On participants is limited to 12.
Minimum Eligibility Criteria:
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from within a 1 hour drive of Mactaquac Provincial Park
who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service.
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.
Mental & Physical Requirements:
Participants must weigh under 250lbs
(As per regulations from the Sport Provider for the equipment recommendations)
Participants must be able to tolerate 6-8 hours of light-medium paced activities for 2 days in a row. Applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the day and must be able to tolerate sitting in a kayak, being in the water with a PDF on, and paddling without being in violation of their MELs.
Participants will be joined with other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.
Deadline for Nomination Forms
Must be received by Soldier On NLT 26 June 2023
Click on the Application Form link to express your interest
SERVING MEMBERS ONLY
In order to be considered for selection, all serving members must also complete and submit a chain of command authorization form by the application deadline.
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low.
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.
An activity delivery questionnaire will be sent to selected participants to complete and return. This will assist the event OPI and the sport delivery partner with the planning of logistics and the activity.
A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria.
Beginner Kayaking, Fredericton is an event which will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves.