As stated by HRM by-laws, children must be 12 years old on or before July 1st in order to be left unsupervised at the club. They otherwise must be supervised by an adult or baby sitter.  If supervised by a sibling, that sibling MUST not be in programs without leaving the child in the care of another child aged over 12.

Family is defined as two parents or legal guardians and dependant children 20 years of age and under, living in the same house. A family membership entitles all members of the household to visit the club and use of facilities (beach and recreational swimming) when no lessons are held. Also, use of the recreational canoes in the evenings, weekend and holidays. Please note that this fee does not include paddling or swimming programs.

This membership is open to those 12 or over (by July 1st of current year) and gives the individual an opportunity to enjoy the facilities at Abenaki, including the beach and after hours boating.


THERE ARE NO GUEST PASSES FOR 2020. The following is for "normal" seasons: Each family membership will be issued 3 guests passes which can be used at any time during the season. These passes MUST be handed in to the staff on gate duty before any guests will be admitted through the gates onto the property. All guests are required to respect the rules and regulations of the club as stated in our policies and procedures. If a guest is found to be in violation of club rules, they will lose their guest privilege and be asked to leave the property. Members are responsible for their guests at all times and must remain on the property with them at all times. If a family misplaces their guest passes, they can contact the Club Manager for a new one. Each guest past is numbered and assigned to individual families. Single memberships DO NOT include guest passes.


Abenaki will have staff on gate duty this season. ONLY members will be permitted on club property. If a family has someone providing childcare, they must inform the club so that the name of the childcare provider can be added to their membership (childcare providers are considered part of the family’s membership - no additional fees). Gate staff may ask for ID to confirm identity if they suspect someone is misusing their membership. 

Our goal is to give each and every member a wonderful experience at our club where they feel safe and respected.  This should be a fun and exciting summer for everyone!
All children involved in any of our programs will agree to the following rules:

  • Respect property on and off the water.  Deliberately damaging property belonging to Abenaki or another member will result in discipline.

  • Respect Abenaki staff, coaches and lifeguards, and will not engage in confrontational or behavior that may be perceived as bullying or disrespectful.

  • If you are participating in our competitive paddling program, you must understand that like any other competitive sport, you must participate to the best of your ability and respect your teammates.   We want you to have fun and do your best, however you need to take practices seriously and follow direction of your coaches.

  • Understand that part of our competitive paddling program involves dry land training.  This may include running off of Abenaki property under direct or indirect supervision of our coaches, running hills at the club, or other forms of activity on and off Abenaki property. When you are off Abenaki property please refrain from engaging in behaviour that is inappropriate.

  • Understand that behavior deemed rude, inappropriate, or aggressive by our staff and board of directors, may result in an individual or family being expelled from our club.

  • Be aware that we have a 3 strike policy for discipline.  Issues  involving, but not limited to, deliberate damage to property, bullying, blatant disrespect or any type of abuse ( including verbal), will first be dealt with by a verbal warning and a call home, second incident is a suspension, third incident is being banned from returning to the club.  Incidents deemed by our board to be excessive, may result in immediate expulsion from the club.

  • Be aware that if you leave Abenaki property on your own, we are not responsible for your whereabouts or behavior while you are off property.

  • Be respectful of our neighbours.  Families live on Swanton and surrounding streets.  They love to see our athletes training; however they don’t want a new path on their lawns.  Please stay off private property.

Participants are advised that all the equipment used is VERY expensive to purchase and repair.  Club rules are posted and have been devised to limit the abuse that the boats and paddles can suffer.  Strict adherence to these rules shall be followed at all times and those who show deliberate mistreatment of equipment will be dealt with by the club management.

  • PFD's are to be worn by all paddlers 16 and under

  • Before beginning in the competitive program, paddlers must achieve the red cross swim kids 4 or equivalent.


All paddlers, regardless of swimming badge, must pass the club swim test before being allowed to go beyond the swim dock

Frequently asked questions

Do I have to wear a lifejacket?

If you are 16 or under, you must wear an approved PFD at all times while participating in training or competition in the ADCKC or associated sanctioned events. For 2020, there will be NO lifejackets, bun or block loaned out to members. You must provide your own lifejacket. Further, during the Just Paddle It Series, all competitors must wear an approved PFD. Anyone who cannot complete their club swim test without assistance, must wear a PFD at all times.

*An approved PFD or life jacket is any PFD approved by MOT/CCG with the notable exception that no inflatable systems are approved for use by persons under the age of 16. Please also not that the club WILL NOT have life jackets to lend out this year due to COVID rules.

Do you offer day camps or babysitting?

Abenaki does not provide babysitting service or day camps, however, we do pass on the details of people who do offer these services. If you are a babysitter, send us a short biography and your contact information, we will put it on the site for you.

Can I take a boat out anytime?

Some boats (Rec canoes and paddleboards) are availble for recreational family use after 5pm on weekdays and from 1pm-5pm on weekends. Life jackets are mandatory for everyone while boats are in use. For 2020, you must have your own life jacket.

Is there a lifeguard on the beach?

There is a designated swimming area with lifeguards on duty from the following hours:
8am-7pm Monday to Friday
1pm-5pm Saturdays and Sunday

Do you have a canteen?

We do! Our canteen offers a variety of snacks items. Hours of operation are 10am - 4pm Monday - Friday. Our menu for 2020 will be limited due to Covid restrictions. We will add the menu soon.

How do I get a hold of the coach?

Coaches will reach out via email at the beginning of the season. If parents or athletes have any questions, they can always ask in person at the club, or email our head coach Maddy, at



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