Captains Responsibilities

General responsibilities of the Team Captain:

  • Communicate all information to his/her team
  • Know the rules of the water
  • Handle online registration
  • Ensure each team member has completed the online waiver under Paddler Log In (including any individual
    registrants assigned to your team).
  • Team Roster – Names may change as time goes on, and if so, paddlers can be added or canceled via the
    online management tool by the team captain.
  • Medical – The team captain should be aware of any medical issues someone may have on their team. For example: if someone is asthmatic, do they have an inhaler with them and, if so, someone else should know where it is if he or she needs to get it quickly, both for practices and the event. There is a privacy issue. They do not have to tell anyone anything if they do not want to.
  • If possible, the team Captain should develop a line- up of the team placement in the boat and have them ready to enter the boat. For new teams, we can discuss who sits where and why at our orientation meetings.
  • Conduct in the Boat -There should be no talking once your team is in the boat. The drummer and steersperson must be able to communicate with the team and each other at all times.
  • Buddy System – Make certain that each of your team members knows who is sitting beside them in case the boat swamps. Teammates will be responsible for each other’s safety until the rescue boat arrives.
  • Life Jackets -Everyone must wear a life jacket during practice and on Race Day.


Fill out the registration form online.

Registration payment: Have your payment method ready prior to registering online. Payment is accepted via credit
card Visa, MasterCard, American Express or PayPal.

Enter your team member’s email addresses.

Have your team go online for the electronic waiver.

One Practice is included in your registration fee. You will book your practice online.

Up to two (2) additional team practices are available and may be scheduled for $75 each as availability in the schedule allows.

Check the website for Race schedule starting two weeks prior to the Festival.

All communication about race day and practices, will be done by email to the team captain.


The festival is a rain or shine event

7:45 am – Captain’s meeting at finish line area (In front of the Finish Line Tower).

90 minutes before your 1st race – check in at ‘registration’ table. Collect your team’s wristbands and verify that you have a complete team. Receive any last minute information. All waivers are signed online prior to today.

All individuals in the boat must sign a waiver online prior to race day or they will not be able to race.

Teams must have at least 16 paddlers in order to paddle. Inform registration if you require additional paddlers or a drummer.

Have your team at marshalling area at least 15 minutes before your scheduled race.

Breast Cancer Survivors and supporters are needed at the marshalling area at least 15 minutes before the start of The “Eye Dotting” ceremony.

If we are short of seats, BCS teams may be limited to 10 representatives each for the “Flowers on the Water” ceremony.

Trash bags are provided at check-in for your use to keep your team area clear of trash.