Practice Schedule

A chance to dip your Paddle in the water…

All registered teams receive one free practice session, which includes a coach who will provide a paddling lesson and racing tips.

If you are unable to attend your team’s schedule practice session, simply show up behind the Captain’s Store to the right of Barker’s Island Inn at any of the times below and ask to practice with another team. There are almost always spaces available…and you MUST do one practice in order to paddle with your team on Saturday.

Practice schedule coming soon!

Click here if you wish to schedule additional practice sessions

Practice FAQ’s

The practices are held on the actual racecourse at Barker’s Island Marina in Superior, Wis. Practice sessions will gather outside of the Ship’s Store at the northwest end of the marina.

Practice sessions take place roughly 1-2 weeks before the festival. Team captains/managers schedule these practices.

Yes—what’s a team without its members? A sorry excuse for a discombobulated squad of doggy paddlers, that’s what!

Yes! Each member of a team must be at a practice session, even if he/she has been involved in the event before. Because it’s been nearly a year since most teams have paddled and teams always have new members, each team is a new team. It’s important for the boat to be “full” so that you know how it will paddle/feel on race day.

Please bring water and clothes/footwear that can get wet. We will supply the life jackets and paddles; however, you are welcome to bring your own lifejacket (or orange water wings) if you prefer. Please do not bring alcohol to consume before, during or after practices.

The festival provides each team with a steersperson for the race. This person will also guide your team through both the practices and give you tips.

Yes, additional practices can be purchased and scheduled by contacting