Frequently Asked Questions


What equipment does my child need to bring to camp? All boats and paddles are provided.  Life jackets are also available to use from the team.  Though the team can supply life jackets, they cannot guarantee a perfect fit for each camper.  If your child has his/her own, we recommend wearing it.  All Summer Camp paddlers are required to wear a personal floatation device (life jacket) while on the water.

What else should my child bring? Send your camper each day with a water bottle, large snack or lunch, sunscreen, towel, water shoes that strap to the feet and can get wet and muddy, tennis shoes for land warm-ups, and a change of clothes. We have no secure storage so please leave valuables at home. 

What should my child wear? Please have your child wear clothes they can get wet in. Most kids opt for (non-cotton) t-shirts/shorts worn over swimsuits. They may be wet at the end of practice, so having a change of clothes handy is helpful. Wearing extra layers if the weather warrants is advised as well.

Is paddling experience required? Not at all. Every paddler on the Gig Harbor team started out in Summer Camp as a beginner. The campers will be using boats appropriate for their skill level that will allow them to have fun and learn a lot about the sport.

What supervision is provided? There is both a coach and assistant coach for each camp session to provide instruction and supervision. In addition, we have experienced paddlers helping as mentors for the campers.

What opportunities are there to paddle after the week-long camp ends? At the end of the camp session, your child has the opportunity to join our Gig Harbor Canoe and Kayak Development Team after discussion with the coaches.  There is also a Novice Regatta (race) held at the end of summer in Canada.  More will be explained regarding the Development Team and the Pacific Cup Regatta at the Q&A Parent’s meeting on Saturday.

What happens if camp is cancelled due to weather, etc.? Coaches will cancel practice if there are heavy winds or lightning. In such cases every effort will be made to allow an extra make-up practice for the paddlers.

Who do I contact if I have questions? There will be multiple opportunities during the camp session to talk to the coaches, including our Head Summer Camp Coach, Alyson Morse. You can also contact our Summer Camp parent coordinator, Lindsay Laird, regarding camp logistics and general team information.

What is your refund policy? If you need to cancel your registration, please contact our Summer Camp Parent Coordinator, Lindsay Laird, via e-mail Please note our refund policy for Summer Camp:

· If you cancel with more than 30 days before the session start date, you will receive a full refund.

· If you cancel with less than 30 days before the session start date, you will receive a 50% refund. (Note: all of the registration fee will be refunded if we fill that open spot. If there are multiple cancellations, we base the open spot filling on chronological order of the cancellations.)