News‎ > ‎

Ontario Spring Development Camp UPDATE #2

posted Feb 21, 2016, 1:26 PM by Ryan Blair   [ updated Feb 21, 2016, 1:27 PM ]

We are just 3 weeks away from the start of camp.  Please review the final camp information below.  If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact Ryan Blair or Camp Manager, Jessica Murphy-Burke

Boat Loading


Boat loading will occur at the times/locations listed below.  Athletes are responsible for providing their own straps (no bungee cords).  Paddles and paddling equipment may be taken with you as personal baggage or packed in your boat.  No other personal items are allowed in the boat and will be removed as they will cause a delay at customs.  All boat covers must be labeled with the athletes name and club.  No equipment or personal items will be taken in the van. 


OCSRA’s safety policy and Canadian & US Coast Guard Regulations governing racing canoes/kayaks will be followed.  2016 U15 athletes are required to wear a government certified PFD at all times while in their boat.  All other athletes are required to have a government certified PFD in their boats.


  • ·         CPCC – Friday, March 4 @ 2:00 pm
  • ·         CDBCC – Friday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm
  • ·         BBCC & PRCC at BBCC’s Ashbridges Bay site – Saturday, March 5 @ 11:00 am
  • ·         RHCC – Sunday, March 6 @ 9:30 am
  • ·         MCC – Sunday, March 6 @ 12:00 pm
  • ·         BCC, PSCC, NBCC & SNCC at BCC – week of March 6 to March 9




Athletes need to send Jessica their travel details, including: name of airline, flight number, and arrival time and departure airport. If you are not flying direct please include the connecting airport and flight numbers for all connecting flights. All athlete pick-ups are from TAMPA International Airport (TPA), if you are landing at a different airport and/or are arranging your own transportation to Homosassa please let us know ASAP. Once all flight information has been received Jessica will confirm athlete pick up times.


Jessica will be the staff member who meets the athletes when they land. We will send out the meeting place information when we send out the pick-up schedule. Her contact info is listed in the communication section of this update. Athletes who will be bringing a cell phone to the training camp please send Jessica the number.


Any athlete driving their own car to camp will not be permitted to transport other athletes under the age of 18 while at camp.


US Customs


Regulations at US Customs have now changed. You now have to clear US Customs twice when travelling by air. You will have a pre-clearance at the Canadian airport and a second check once you land in TAMPA. All athletes under the age of 18 must provide a letter of permission from their parents to travel alone to the US. The letter needs to be signed by both parents and should indicate the purpose of the trip, where the athlete will be staying (5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448), duration of trip, who will be meeting them at the airport (Jessica) and your contact information. We have included a sample letter of permission form for your reference. More information can be found at

Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad ...

Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad. We strongly recommend that Canadian children carry a consent letter if they are travelling abroad alone ...

Medical Insurance

Athletes are required to purchase out of province medical insurance to cover any medical treatment. If you haven’t already sent me your insurance information please do so ASAP.




Any athlete who have food requests that were not included in their application (vegetarian, food allergies, etc.) please inform Jessica.


Please note that we have a number of athletes with serious food allergies including PEANUTS, NUTS, SESAME, and FISH/SHELLFISH.




Athletes are not permitted to use the office phone unless there is an emergency. Personal cell phones and camp internet may be used. There is Wi-Fi at the camp that should work in all areas. Parents can contact Jessica or myself during the camp with any questions they may have.


Be sure to follow our social media pages for updates during camp!


Jessica Murphy-Burke – (613) 203-5353

Ryan Blair – (647) 505-9476




Athletes and parents are asked to provide a list of required reading/assignments that need to be completed during camp. Jessica will meet with each athlete individually to create a study plan while at training camp. Jessica will supervise open study times and will be able to assist athletes to complete their work.


Grade 10 Literacy Test


Those athletes who are completing their literacy test while at camp please confirm with your school that all appropriate paperwork has been completed. If they have any final questions please have them contact Jessica. Please ensure you have verified with the school that the appropriate forms have been submitted to EQAO. Below is the list of athletes registered to complete the test:


1)   Elizabeth Zoubakina

2)   Kadan Johnson

3)   Liam Cameron

4)   Will Baayen

5)   Kirpa Dhillon

6)   Anya Chuprys

7)   Max Perry

8)   Michael Duch

9)   Thomas Paquette

10) Audrey Anna Colson

11) Alexander Ivanov

12)  Jenna Neate

13)  Camille Looper

14)  Brooklyn Wodehouse


What to Bring

·      Passport & photo copy of passport (just in case of loss)

·      Permission letter and Homosassa address for US Customs

·      Homework

·      Singles (kayak or canoe)

·      Paddle, blocks, floorboard, seat, footrests, spray skirt, etc.

·      PFD (life jacket) & whistle

·      Paddling/training clothes (warm and cold weather)

·      Running shoes, running gear

·      Small Amount of spending money

·      Water bottle

·      Toiletries



If there someone who you would really like to room with please let us know.  While we will do our best to accommodate requests, please understand that we are looking at the needs of the group as a whole, and to foster team building. Please also note that we will make rooming changes during the camp as required. 

All rooming requests should be sent to Jessica at

*note that requests are not guaranteed


Please note that we have only received flight information for 30 athletes… leaving 36 still to go! Please get this flight information to Jessica by no later than Friday February 26th.

 Please send us your flight information in the following format:

Flight #:
Arriving From: 
Arrival Time:
Flight #:
Departure Time:
Cell Number:

Final Camp Payment

The remaining camp balance must be paid by Monday, February 22nd, 2016.  The same payment options are available as the deposit.

 Payment Options:

1.       Interac E-Transfer

Send to address:    

Comments area:        Athlete’s name, club and purpose of payment (2015 OCSRA Spring Development Camp

Password:                     You are required to create a password for this transaction.  Please send the password to with the above reference information.

2.       By Mail

Cheques should be made payable to: OCSRA

And mailed to the following address:

OCSRA Treasurer

2039 Shawanaga Trail

Mississauga, ON

L5H 3Z3




Ryan Blair

Technical Director, OCSRA
Ryan Blair,
Feb 21, 2016, 1:26 PM