San Diego
 Canoe Kayak

2017 SUNBURN Camp

Registration for the 2017 Sunburn Camp is now open.  The camp is open to all paddlers from 13 to 23 year old who want to improve their technique, paddle in sunny San Diego while the remaining of the country is frozen, or just have fun on and off the water during the winter break. The main focus will be the Olympic Paddle Sports of Sprint Canoe and Kayak.

This year, our performance coach will be Marsh Jones, Twin Cities Paddlesports in Minnesota.  Marsh is the chair of the coach education committee and an ICF Coach Instructor.  He has coached Sunburn Camp and several USACK camps over the past few years, and was head coach for the CANAMEX regatta in Panuco, Mexico last year.  In addition to coaching paddling, he is also a nordic ski coach, paddler, skier and cyclist, and brings concepts from all these sports into his coaching. 

Where: San Diego Canoe and Kayak Team Boathouse

When: Dec 27th to 30th.

  • Schedule for day camper: 8:30am to 5:00pm daily, participation to evening activities optional, but encouraged. 
  • Overnight camper are welcome to arrive on Dec 26 and leave on Dec 31st.  Airport pick-up can be arrange upon request.

Cost of attendance:

  • Day camper: $330, including lunch and snacks, and optional evening activities.
  • Overnight campers: $550, all inclusive (all meals, snacks, lodging....)

In order to keep a low paddler to coach ratio, we are limiting the camp to 25 paddlers.  Please register early to reserve your spot.




Please note that all participants and volunteers will need to sign an event specific ACA waiver.  The waivers can be found at:


Additional Information and FAQ
Who: All paddlers, from 13 to 23 seeking to develop their skills.  Each paddler must have current ACA membership
WhatIntensive Paddling Camp involving Canoes and Kayaks, individual and team boats, as well as strength and conditioning, Surfski, SUP, Paddle Board, Running, Weight Room ... and FUN!! 
When should Out-of-town paddlers arrive?
  • Out-of-town paddlers should arrive on December 26th and depart on December 31st.  The dorm will be available on both Dec. 26th and 30th.  For out-of-town paddlers requiring airport pick-up/drop-off, please attempt to arrive between noon and 6pm on December 26th, and depart between 9am and 1pm on December 31st.

Do I need to bring my own boat?

  • SDCKT boats and paddles will be available to all campers.  Boat assignment will be done based on paddler skills.
  • Please note that we have limited number and choice of Canoe
  • If you want to use your own boat, we have ample trailer parking available
  • You may bring your own paddle.   

What is included in the overnight camp?

•       Overnight camp includes lodging in dormitories and all meals and snacks

What will be a typical day like for overnight campers?  
    • 7:00/7:30: wake up
    • 7:45: breakfast
    • 8:15: day campers arrive 
    • 8:30 to 12:00: morning practice
    • 12:00 to 13:30: lunch
    • 13:30 to 17:00: afternoon practice
    • 17:15: day campers picked-up    
    • 18:00: diner/Evening Activities
    • 22:00: lights out

Various break will be scheduled during the day for recovery.

Overnight campers will have access to a common room for games and socializing, outside of the practice time. 

Lunch and snacks will be provided to all paddlers, either day or overnight campers.


How do I upgrade from a day camper to overnight camper?

  • You will need to go back the registration page, and sign-up for the upgrade.  Please contact us ( to get the registration code required for the upgrade.

May parents attend the camp?

 •       The camp is designed for paddlers from 13 to 23 years old.

•       However, if you are interested in staying at the camp with your paddlers, you are welcome.  You will stay with the paddlers in the dorms, participate to all the off-the-water activities.  We may request your help for the day-to-day logistics.

•       Parents may use any of the club equipment, as long as it does not interfere with the camp, but no formal practice will be arranged for the chaperones.   All parents who want to use the club equipment will be required to be ACA members and sign the required waivers.

When is the deadline to register?

•       The registration will close when 25 paddlers are registered.  Register early to secure your spot

When do I need to pay?

  • You will need to pay before the beginning of the camp, but our preference would be for you to pay by end of November.


What are the dorms like? What do I need to bring?

  •       The dorms are cabin type accommodations with bunk beds, separated by biological gender.  We recommend you bring a warm sleeping bag and pillow.  Gender appropriate chaperones will be staying in the dorms with the campers.

 •       Even if San Diego weather is mild in the winter, we recommend you bring some warm clothing, as well as wet-weather clothing.  We will send a detailed packing list to all participants in advance.


What if a paddler has allergies or dietary restrictions?

  • Please communicate with us in advance regarding any allergies or dietary restrictions, and we will do our best to accommodate


For more information or questions, please contact Christophe Chevallier 


ACA Waivers:

Health Form: Health Form (requires PDF reader)

Packing List:

  • Sleeping bag (recommended) or bed sheets and blanket
  • (Optionally: pillow)
  • Towel(s)
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush….)
  • Flashlight
  • (Optionally: your favorite DVD’s.  DVD should be suitable for all audience)
  • (Optionally: your favorite board game)
  • Paddling outfit for 4 days
  • Running/dry land outfit for 4 days
  • Change of clothes for 5 days
  • Rain jacket/warm clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen (in spite of the camp names, we do not want you to get sunburned)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • (Optionally: GPS/activity watch)
  • (Optionally: your own paddle, but we have plenty if you want to borrow from us)
  • Knee block
  • (Optionally: Duct Tape, Electrical Tape, Band-Aids)
  • (Optionally: Thumb drive)
  • (Optionally: Spending money)


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