paddles   banner

Based in Waterloo-Wellington Region
~ Cambridge, Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo and surrounding areas ~



Practice and Race Calendar
2018 - Florence:
IBCPC Festival
News and Media
TeamSnap Link
UW logo
Link to Worldwide Aquathon Day
~ Nov 11 2017 ~


Canada Helps
Donation Webpage for BreastStrokes

Donations via

Boob Tour 2015
Team Fundraiser
Boob Tour 2013
Team Fundraiser

Dragon boat festival information updated by Team Manager Mary Visser Kerr
Link to Practices / Summer Training Information

Team Twitter:
Watch here for last-minute updates
and special announcements!

Do you have a Twitter account? Follow us!

Link to Team Snap

Team Members:
We are using "TeamSnap" application for
managing information and emails about
practices and race events.

BreastStrokes is registered for
2 dragon boat festivals in 2017
2017 PHARMASAVE Woodstock Rotary Dragon Boat Festival
Link to event website
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Link for BreastStrokes team
Rotary Club of Stratford Dragon Boat Festival
Link to event website
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Link for BreastStrokes team

Anyone who does not have a team uniform and is participating
in a regatta, please wear a red top or t-shirt and black bottoms

PAR-Q Form
Please download and complete this PAR-Q (4-page) and submit to
Team Manager Mary Visser Kerr
or to Captain Shelly Watson (or their designates)

Anyone who wishes to participate in the team dragon boat MUST complete and submit this form FIRST.

BreastStrokes Waiver 2017
Please download and complete this Waiver and submit to
Team Manager Mary Visser Kerr
or to Captain Shelly Watson (or their designates)

Anyone who wishes to participate in the team dragon boat MUST complete and submit this form FIRST.

Bring to races (good plan for practices, too):

  • changes of clothes and undergarments
  • something waterproof and warm just in case
  • 2 pairs of shoes (racing footwear gets wet)
  • a lawnchair, your PFD and paddle
  • sun screen, mosquito repellent, a HAT, and some tylenol or a pain reliever
  • money but not your purse to the race site 
  • Health card and some other critical information in case of emergency
  • some snacks to nibble on after a race or for quick energy before  
  • at least one water (bottle). Usually water is available as you leave the dock after a race.

Commands must be spoken loudly and clearly in order for the entire boat to hear. The steerperson must have full control of the boat at all times to ensure that commands are being heard. The less talking in the boat by paddlers the better.
The following are the commands a steerperson and team members must know.
  • paddles up: Signal for paddlers to assume the paddling position. Paddles should be raised above the water, bodies in position to paddle.
  • take it away: Signal to start paddling
  • stop the boat: Paddlers thrust the paddle blades deep into the water at their hip. This helps the steerer to keep the boat stopped.
  • let it ride: The paddlers stop paddling and rest their paddles on their lap. This is the rest position.
  • flare the boat: The paddles are horizontal with flat blades resting on top of the water to stabilize the boat. This is used when the boat may face a wave or boat wake, or if the steerer is trying to get his/her balance.
  • one minute to start: The starter will send that race within that minute. It could range from 5 seconds to 60 seconds or more. It is the steerer's responsibility to listen to the starter and bring the boat up to the starting line once the starter has said one minute to start. Remember your paddlers will be excited but it is your responsibility to make sure they are quiet and you can hear the starters commands.
  • attention please: This is the steerers cue to tell the paddlers, paddles UP. A good steerperson will have their paddlers ready to go.
  • air horn: This is the starting signal for your paddlers to start paddling.

Responsibilities of the Team Manager are as follows:
* Communicating and distributing team information to all 25 team members
* Gathering and submitting all necessary forms and waivers for the team
* Act as the liaison with the race committee (only the team manager is to speak on behalf of the team members)
* Team conduct and safety of all team members
* Representation at the race meetings scheduled prior to event date

BreastStrokes Team summer training sessions

Our boat is now at Puslinch Lake.
Location - just next-door (west) of Old Marina Restaurant
(click on link below to view Google map and select Puslinch address)
McClintock Dr. R.R. #22, Puslinch Lake, Cambridge
Driving south on Hanlon Expressway, Guelph:
Turn right at County Road 34/Wellington Road 34 (signs for Wellington Road 34 W)
Turn left at County Road 32
Turn left at McClintock Dr

Turn right on Elm St., pass the grove of cedar trees and just a little bit further.

Please bring your own seat cushion / anti-slip strip, paddle and life jacket to practices.


Team members - We are using "TeamSnap" application for emailing about practices and race events.
Have you signed up yet?
Contact Mary Visser Kerr


Please arrive around 6:15 to allow time for warmup and lineups before loading the boat at 6:30.
Park your vehicle in the sandy Parking Lot just West of the Old Marina Restaurant and walk to the practice site.

Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.
May 30: Meet the team, paddling tips from Coach Shane and get your equipment June 1:
1st Paddle
June 6 June 8 June 13
June 15 June 20 June 22
June 27 June 29 July 4
July 6 July 11 July 13
July 18 July 20 July 25
July 27 August 1 August 3
August 8 August 10 August 12:
Woodstock DBF
August 15 August 17 August 22
August 24 August 29 August 31
September 5 September 7 September 12
September 14 September 16:
Stratford DBF
September 19

Team equipment:
Anyone who has team equipment (life-jackets, PFDs, Paddles) must return it at the end of the paddling season.
We prefer the jackets to be washed before you return them. Please wash them and return them after your last practice.

Practice @ Puslinch Lake is 45 - 60 minutes,
depending on conditions and how the team feels.
Practice will be held regardless of how many participants are available.
Practice is rain or shine -- only lightning and thunder will cancel practice.

Team members -- please watch for emails from TeamSnap or Twitter announcements (see top of this webpage) as late as 5:00 p.m. on day of, regarding cancellation due to weather.



Link to


self stor Thank You
for being one of our Supporters!
Donation of storage space for our team - equipment and files, supplies
  Thank You
for being one of our Supporters!

Lindsay Mayot of Special Interest Automobiles, Cambridge, for donation of storage space and repairs for our dragon boat and trailer.