FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)


Where do the students train?

All training sessions in semester one will be held at MacRitchie Reservoir.

In semester two, Monday and Friday training sessions will be held at MacRitchie Reservoir while Wednesday training sessions will be held in the school gym.

How do the students get to MacRitchie Reservoir from Beatty Secondary School?

They take a public bus (93, 157) from Beatty Secondary School (bus stop after Muhajirin Mosque, Braddell Road) to MacRitchie Reservoir (3 bus stops away).

Do students have to know how to swim?

No, they do not have to know as they will always be required to wear their PFD (personal floatation device) when near the water or entering the water with their boats. However, knowing how to swim gives them a better advantage in terms of having the ‘feel’ and ‘catch’ for the water when they start to pick-up paddling techniques with their paddle. Eventually, as part of their 1 Star Kayaking Certification Course, they will be tested if they are able to swim with a PFD.

What kind of students are suited for this CCA?

Students who are willing to learn and have an interest in sports and the outdoors. While it is not a prerequisite, students who are physically fit, have a swimming or sports background have an advantage in the CCA.

What do students stand to gain from the CCA aside from learning the technical skills of canoeing?

Canoe Training is an excellent platform for our students to learn soft skills such as self-discipline, resilience, time management and teamwork. Students who maintain a positive attitude in the CCA, tend to do well in their academics. Over the years, we have canoeists who are laterally transferred from the various streams (Normal Academic Stream to the Express Stream & Normal Technical to Normal Academic).


How many times and how long do students have to train?

In semester 1, our Junior Canoeists (Secondary 1s) train twice a week (Monday and Friday) while our senior Canoeists (Secondary 2 – 5) train three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Each training session lasts for 3 hours.

In semester 2, all Canoeists train three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

Would the training be too intense for students such that it affects their academics or their general well-being?

Training is modified by our experienced coach. Rest assured that training is progressive; toughness of the session will incremental depending on how fast your child can learn. Moreover, teachers mentor canoeists and will do check-ins with them. Attached below is a table which shows the progressive plan of training for students.

Would gym training harm students’ physical development?

Only extremely heavy weight training will stunt the growth of youths especially if training is not progressive. Weight training done during gym sessions in Beatty will be with light weights and matched according to the strength of the individual student.


For students who are unable to swim, will their safety be compromised?

Students will have a PFD (personal floatation device) which allows them to float. Moreover, training is progressive and students will develop water confidence overtime. Beginners are only allowed to paddle at the shallow portion of the reservoir before they obtain their 1 Star Kayaking Certification (part of their progressive training). Given these measures, their safety is not compromised.

How do we know when to pull our students out of the water if there is inclement weather?

There will be a siren and flashlight at the Paddle Lodge to signal CAT 1 (inclement weather; thunder storm). Moreover, our coach and teacher will be supervising the training session.

What happens when it rains while the students are paddling out in the water?

If it is light rain without the CAT 1 siren turned on, training carries on. The CAT 1 siren signals for potential threat of lightning and if it is turned on, students will be asked to get out of the water..

Achievements and Prospects:

What kind of competitions will students take part in?

Annually, there are three canoe competitions Beatty Secondary School takes part in: 1. Singapore Canoe Marathon (January 1st week), 2. National Junior Canoe Sprint Championships (2nd or 3rd week of March) & National School Canoe Championships (1st week of April). The former two are organized by the Singapore Canoe Federation (SCF) while the latter is organized by Ministry of Education (MOE).

What are the chances the students can win medals?

While competition among the different schools such as ACS (I), Hwa Chong Instituion (IB), Raffles Institution, St. Joseph Instiution, National Junior College (IB), Cresent Girls School, Temasek Secondary, Bukit Panjang Government High may be stiff, our canoeists stand an equal fighting chance. As there are no primary schools which offer Canoeing as a CCA, secondary school students all enter the sport at a similar aptitude.

What are other prospects students stand to attain?

Students who won medals at the National Schools Canoeing Championships will attain Singapore Sports School Colours Award.

A number of our students have gained entry into Junior Colleges like St. Andrews through Direct School Admissions (DSA) and Polytechnic courses of their choice because they have done well in canoeing.

The Singapore Canoe Federation has created a National Junior Programme to develop young canoeists into National Team Canoeists and represent the Singapore National Team.

Overview of Beatty Canoeing Progressive Training

Core CCA Technical Skills Acquisition Outcomes

e.g. Level 1

e.g. Level 2

e.g. Level 3

e.g. Level 4

Water Safety

Basic water safety

Proper wearing of PFD

SCF and MOE guidelines

Porper care for PFD

Washing, storage and maintenance of PFD

Impart water safety to junior members

Ensure that water safety is adhered to at all times

Boat Handling, Care and Storage

Boat orientation and storage shed

T1 boat handling, proper care and storage

JK1 and JK2 boat handling, proper care and storage

K1 and K2 Boat handling, proper care and storage

Monitor and teach junior members about proper boat handling, care and storage

Paddling Skills and Techniques

Basic skills 1 Star kayaking

Basic paddling skills: forward, backward, turning and stopping

Intermediate paddling techniques.

Skills refinement

Advance paddling techniques attuned to competition

Competition Rules and Guidelines

Yeoman service

Well versed in competition rules and guidelines

Well versed in competition rules in external and interschool competitions

Very well versed in competition rules and guidelines

Competition Paddling Techniques


Racing and charging

Intermediate racing techniques:

gliding, high frequency, high power

Advance racing techniques attuned to competition

21CC Student Outcomes (Lifeskills)

e.g. Junior Members

e.g. Senior Members

e.g. CCA Leaders

e.g. non-CCA leaders

Confident Person

§ Able to confidently paddle in a T1, JK1 or JK2 boat

§ Able to confidently paddle a K1 or K2 boat

§ Able to take charge of a group of junior canoeists and confidently mentor their development within the CCA

§ Able to show skills progression by confidently canoeing in different types of boats

Self-Directed Learner

§ Able to pass the 1 star kayaking course at first attempt and master the basic paddling techniques

§ Able to master the intermediate and advance paddling techniques and apply them during competitions

§ Able to master the advance paddling techniques, assist the coach in teaching them to the CCA members and apply them effectively during competitions.

§ Able to master and perform the various paddling techniques they have learnt.

Active Contributor

§ Able to provide at least 6 hours of CIP service through yeoman service

§ Participate in canoeing competitions.

§ Contribute towards the school by participating in interschool canoeing competitions and other competitions organized by sporting bodies like SCF

§ Contribute towards the school by participating in canoeing competitions and school organized activity where CCA leaders are required

§ Contribute towards the school by participating in canoeing competitions as well as rendering services t o CIP activities during canoeing competitions

Concerned Citizen

§ Aware of the various water sports organizing bodies like SCF, Dragon Boat Association, SSC and the various water venues

§ Aware of how Singapore can play a part in the wider global role of water sports activities.

§ Take initiative to spearhead canoeing events and raise the profile of the sports within the school population

§ Take initiative to deepen knowledge of the sports, its governing bodies and water venues for competitions