Author Archives: Jackie Siemon

Experience Charleston

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 12.12.51 PMJoin the PaddleCore Team in beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina this spring on the banks of the Ashley River for PaddleCore’s Annual Spring Training Camp, March 29th – April 4th, 2015.

One of North America’s top travel destinations, Charleston is known for its southern hospitality, beautiful architecture and rich history. It was recently name #1 Best US City be Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice awards and was described as a “jewel box” by Editor-in-Chief, Pilar Guzman. See video and read more here.

PaddleCore’s camp is designed for all ages and levels of participants. Whether you have just started the sport or have just finished competing at the world championships, our camp will help you reach your paddling goals and take you to the next level. Please note that ALL paddlers are welcome; whether you come as a team or decide to come on your own!

With expertise from world-class coaches, camp will focus on improving your dragonboat stroke, overall fitness, and other complementary activities. It’s sure to be rewarding event!

For more information please see our Camp Brochure. We have an Early Bird Special which ends this Friday, so book now and save! Early Bird rates are $395 (HST incl.) per registrant. After October 31st the price will go up to $446. To register online please click here.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Stacy Ricci (

We look forward to seeing you in sunny South Carolina!

PaddleCore Spring Training Camp in Charleston!

Screen Shot 2014-09-09 at 4.41.04 PMJoin PaddleCore in beautiful Charleston, South Carolina for their Spring Training Camp from March 29th – April 4th!
PaddleCore’s camp is a comprehensive program designed for all ages and levels of participants.  Whether you just started paddling or have competed at the world championships this camp will help you reach the next level!

Click here to view the brochure!

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PaddleCore Presents….PaddleCore East!

PaddleCore is growing! In spring 2015 PaddleCore will be launching a brand new dragonboat training centre on Frenchman’s Bay in Pickering. Operating out of Pickering-Rouge Canoe Club, PaddleCore East is focused on providing the best paddling experience to the Pickering-Durham and East Toronto Market.


Exciting News from PaddleCore!

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PaddleCore will be having a booth at the GWN Challenge this weekend, Saturday, September 6th – Sunday, September 7th! Stay tuned for lots of exciting information including:

  • New GTA Dragonboat Training Centre
  • Spring Training Camp in Charleston, SC
  • Raffle for Stylish Roots Apparel

Be sure to visit  PaddleCore’s booth and don’t miss out on all the exciting updates!

Dragonboat Community Sport Coach Certification in Nelson BC

On the weekend (May 17/18) I traveled to beautiful Nelson BC to deliver NCCP’s first ever Dragonboat Community Sport Coach Certification module.


I’ve been working with CKC during the winter months in developing dragonboat coaching course curriculum and aligning with NCCP model and requirements; this summer we are launching pilots for NCCP, which are slated for review (and if all goes as planned – approval and endorsement) by NCCP later this year – making this the only fully dedicated dragonboat stream NCCP module available to dragonboaters in Canada.

Last couple years we have been using a modified NCCP – ELCC course to cover some dragonboat curriculum and coverage. The beauty in the DB Community Sport module is that it’s a one stop shop (technical, theory and practical) and is 100% focused on the dragonboat discipline. The course is designed to take 10-12 hours, a combination of in-class, on-water and an Ethical Decisions module.


While in Nelson, I worked with an amazing group of ladies – part of the Kootenay Rhythm Dragons ( – on the pristine straights of Kootenay Lake. It was breathtaking! With green mountain backdrop and a warm small-town feel…Nelson can definitely expect me back either for vacation or to help out with the growing paddling scene.

I stayed at the historic Hume Hotel in the heart of downtown Nelson…and would recommend this as a place to stay in Nelson to anyone. It’s also home to Mike’s Pub…offering a great selection of NBC brews.

Thanks to MJ and Corey Hamilton from CanoeKayak BC for helping make this course possible.

Oh ya…while in Nelson I caught up with Dan Slater, friend from elementary and high school! He’s been in Nelson for a long time now heli and cat-skiing the BC mountains in the winter and as a carpenter during the summer months…great to see you Dan…and Tessa and North!