Summer Practice Season

About the Summer Practice Season 

Barrie Public Library is excited to be working again with our community partner, Corporate Recess, to facilitate this summer’s practice season! 

Team practices are a fun way to spend your summer, while getting some exercise out on Kempenfelt Bay. Summer practice sessions are optional and every team’s practice needs are different. It will be up to your Team Captain to discuss your practice schedule with you. 

Summer practice sessions begin at $150.00/session. Booking and payment is arranged directly with Corporate Recess. 


Summer practice season generally begins mid to late June depending on water and weather conditions.  


Teams meet at the Barrie Dragon Boat Festival shed at the edge of Heritage Park. All practices are held on Kempenfelt Bay launching from the docks in the City of Barrie Marina (next to Heritage Park). View map

Map of Downtown Barrie with arrow pointing at City of Barrie marina dock location  

Booking a Practice  

It is the responsibility of the Team Captain to book your Team’s practices for the summer practice season.  Please note, scheduling is taken on a first come basis.

All practices are coordinated and booked directly through Corporate Recess' booking calendar. 

For all information relating to practices, coaches, and/or steers. Please inquire with Jeff Aldridge of Corporate Recess via email at or by phone: (705) 220 3023. 

Practices Include: 

  • A trained Steersperson hired and trained by Corporate Recess. Your team may provide their own Steersperson, but they must be approved by Corporate Recess.  
  • Paddles and Lifejackets for your Team to use during practice 
  • Use of dragon boat for one hour practice 

Hiring a Coach:

Teams can also choose to hire a Coach to accompany their team practice. This is an additional add-on of $50.00 to $100.00/ session based on level of experience.

Coaches provide guidance on team set-up, paddling techniques, understanding race commands and further instruction to support your racing experience.

For further details please inquire with Jeff Aldridge at Corporate Recess.