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Weather / Cancellations : Drop-In Programs

Drop-in programs include our weekend sunrise paddles, Friday social paddles, and beginner paddling sessions.

The safety of our paddlers and coaches is the most important thing to us here at Scugog Dragon Boat!

We check the weather and make a decision about whether to cancel for weather by 1pm for evening sessions, and by 10pm the night before for morning/sunrise sessions.

We will cancel if there is:

  • A significant risk of lightning
  • Air Quality Health Index of 7 or greater
  • Other significant weather events that may compromise the safety of our participants

We still paddle if it is rainy or cold... we just dress for the weather!

If we need to cancel for weather:

  • All registered participants will receive an email notice by 1pm for evening programs, and by 10pm the night before for early morning sessions
  • We will close any new registrations
  • All participants who have paid a drop-in fee will receive a refund

Cancellations due to Low Registration

We require a minimum of 10 paddlers to safely go out in the dragon boat. Typically, 1-2 people who register for each session are no-shows. As a result, we generally require each program to have 12 registrants in order for us to go ahead with the session.

We do our very best to get as many folks out as possible! If your session has 12 or fewer registrants by 1pm (evening sessions) or 7pm the day before (morning sessions), you will receive a cancellation email.

To prevent this from happening, encourage your friends to come out and paddle with us! A full boat is a happy boat.

If we need to cancel due to low numbers, all drop-in fees will be refunded

Weather Cancellations: Lakers, Islanders, Whitecaps

For Lakers, Islanders, and Whitecaps programs (I.e. our Monday night skills programs, and our Learn to Race programs), we are no longer making early/mid-day cancellations for weather.

All cancellations will be determined onsite, at practice. 

If you come from afar, keep your eyes on the weather forecast/radar. You can decide for yourself if you feel that it is worth it to make the drive / chance it.

If dangerous weather keeps us off the water, we will still head out for a social evening somewhere in town ;-)

What to Wear and Bring for Practices

Honestly, you can wear whatever makes you happy, but we suggest:

  • Athletic attire (think gym class)
  • Dress in layers. Sometimes the wind can get chilly, but sometimes it can be stinkin' hot!
  • If it rains, we suggest a rain jacket/waterproof pants
  • Footwear: The bottom of the boat can get wet, especially if the water is choppy. You can wear any footwear that you are OK getting wet. Popular options include flip-flops, Crocs, water shoes, old running shoes, or bare feet!

Be sure to bring:

  • A water bottle (there is plenty of space in the boat for these)
  • A drybag or Ziploc bag if you want to bring your keys or cell phone into the boat
  • A happy attitude... paddling is fun!

We have a locked equipment box that you are welcome to keep your belongings in while you paddle.

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