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  • Type:
    Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
  • Focus:
    Cycling
  • Cost:
    $199 to $600/week
  • Ages:
    2 to 12
  • Gender:
    Coed
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    Varies
  • Programs:
    0 available; 28 TBD
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  • Summary Profile

    About Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport

    Pedalheads offers bike, swim, and trail programs to families across Canada. We focus on developing healthy, confident, and independent kids. Our activities for kids ages 2-12 feature innovative teaching methods, small classes, and incredible instructors! Our bike camps are best known for helping kids take off their training wheels and ride on two wheels. These learn-to-ride programs aim at progressing kids towards safely riding on the road in both a fun and safe environment. Our trail program allows campers to explore nearby local areas by riding along various bike paths and trails. A great option for adventure! Pedalheads camps can keep your kids happy and healthy. Register on our website!

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community


    COVID-19 Response 

    We are committed to providing fun, safe, and engaging programs for kids during a very unusual time in their lives. Continuing our successful protocols from 2020, our robust COVID-19 plan remains in place for all of our programs to ensure the health and safety of all participants and staff. Safety measures include physical distancing, small & stable classes with same instructor, enhanced cleaning procedures, health checks, and more.

    For more information about our COVID-19 protocols and updates, visit https://pedalheads.com/about/covid-update

    View recent COVID-19 updates from Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport


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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport currently has 0 program available; 28 TBD.

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    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
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    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Swimming
    $175 to $400
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    Cycling|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training|Swimming
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 6
    Swimming
    $100 to $550
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    Swimming|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 2 - 12
    Cycling
    $275 to $275
    Cycling|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 1 - 6
    Swimming
    $125 to $432
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    Swimming|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 4 - 12
    Mountain Biking
    $279 to $279
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    Cycling|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 2 - 12
    Cycling
    $189 to $505
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    Cycling|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Mountain Biking|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Cycling|Sports-Instructional and Training

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport

    our take

    Pedalheads began more than three decades ago as principally a biking program. Kids came, learned to ride bikes, and then rode them, together, all over the place. That has continued to this day, though the organization has grown during the intervening years in every way possible: size, numbers, locations, levels, and programs. There are now 75 locations in 4 provinces and 4 US states.  There’s good reason for that kind of growth: these are quality programs run expertly, with great care. It’s also due to the focus of the programs—it’s not about training for the Olympics, rather the focus is first on having fun, together with peers and mentors, and growing into active, healthy lifestyles. Kids feel less of a pressure to excel, perhaps as they would in a typical dance studio or gymnastics gym. Without the pressure of those kinds of goals, at least occupying such a central place in the culture of the camps, kids are free to develop skills, yes, but with fun, active engagement, and personal development as the true measures of success. In that, for many families inundated with so many competitive options, Pedalheads is a very welcome breath of fresh air. That isn’t to say there isn’t ample opportunity for skill development—there is—but it’s all within a charming context of, first, just getting out there and doing it. It’s about lighting a fire, before anything else, inspiring kids toward living actively.



    Editor's Review

    Three Things: Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport

    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport



    Questions for the Director

    We interviewed Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport. Here are their answers to:

    • [00:16] - What is unique about your camp?
    • [00:46] - What type of child is successful at your camp?
    • [01:09] - Is the schedule structured or is it more open?
    • [02:36] - How do your staff deal with behavioural issues?
    • [03:35] - What do campers value most about their experience at the camp?
    • [04:11] - What advice would you give to a new camper?
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    Insider's Perspective: Parent

    • 00:34 - What's unique about Pedalheads camp?
    • 02:10 - Was this your child's first experience with camp?
    • 02:44 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth you saw in your child after time at camp?
    • 04:37 - How can a parent support their child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 06:34 - What does your child say about the camp?
    • 07:39 - What would you say to any prospective parents looking into this program?
    • 09:47 - Final thoughts?
    • show more


    User reviews of Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport  — Read all 10 reviews


    "She learned to ride on her first day!"
    Sandy M. (Parent)

    My 4 year old daughter had no interest on her bike until Pedalheads! She learned to ride on her first day! They gave her the confidence but also challenged her to keep her engaged. We were so impressed that we enrolled our 7 year old son into their swim program which is equally as good. It’s the energy of the staff who enjoy their job that makes the difference for us ... Read More

    "The most amazing instructors": Pedalheads Swim
    Ine Van Aken (Parent)

    "My 6-year-old has been in swimming lessons since he was 4 months old. Despite being in swimming for this long at other locations outside of Pedalheads swim he has always been very hesitant in the water. He just wasn't making any progress and he was getting very frustrated. Often times classes were so short that by the time he got comfortable in the water, the kids had to get out again. It was hit or miss when teamed up with instructors. Some instructors were more engaging than others. We started lessons at Pedalheads Swim the minute we found out a location opened up near us. The hour-long classes and knowledgeable instructors made all the difference. He finally gained the confidence needed to start progressing and he absolutely loves his classes. It's his favourite afterschool activity! Soon after, my youngest (now three) started classes as well. He was just a baby, and even though I was hesitant about his age, that fear was unfounded. The most amazing instructors took care of my little guy and contributed to his love for swimming from a very young age. The pools are warmer than most rec centre pools, the instructors are incredibly well trained, the supervisors are phenomenal and super helpful at all times. When faced with a challenge, they work together and overcome the challenge. My family is very happy to have made the switch to Pedalheads Swim. It's been life changing!" ... Read More

    "Really pleased to see how much fun my son is having on his bike"
    Cara Q. (Parent)

    Really impressed with Isabella, Lauren and team at the Renfrew Elementary Pedalheads sessions. Before I had children, I loved watching the Pedalheads classes because the kids are so focused and absorbed in learning. When my son was finally old enough, we enrolled him and his buddy and were not disappointed. It occurs to me that the instructors have learned how to foster great trust with each kid. Throughout the week, I never once saw someone scared/crying/dis-engaged - emotional states that are totally normal for kids who are learning a new and often complex skill. I believe Pedalheads' success lies in ensuring that instructors create a good bond which enables fun learning. Really pleased to see how much fun my son is having on his bike - and how proud he is with himself. Thanks Isabella and crew for this positive learning experience! ... Read More

    "The trainers are cheerful, encouraging and patient"
    Hartley Facultad (Parent)

    "My two boys (ages 6 and 4) love Pedalheads and keep begging to sign up for the next level before the current one is even finished. The trainers are cheerful, encouraging and patient. Everything about the camp is top-notch. Thanks. ... Read More

    "She got more confidence in riding."
    Deepa Grim (Parent)

    "I am more than happy with Pedalheads. My daughter had a great time and got her training wheels taken off the first day. She got more confidence in riding. The instructors are very helpful, thoughtful and friendly towards the kids and parents. Will definitely be signing my daughter up again :) Thank you Pedalheads!!! ... Read More

    "Our guy was riding on two wheels by day three."
    Feresh Dan (Parent)

    "Truly a great group. Our son who is 5 was having a tough time trying to ride. We put him in the week long program not with a lot of expectations. To our complete surprise our guy was riding on two wheels by day three. Now he rides with no problem and is very comfortable and familiar with this bike. They teach them more than just riding. Allie was awesome and quite committed to her job. Our son loved her at the same time she got the most out of him. Highly recommend their program. Thanks Allie! ... Read More

    "Something we will look forward to doing every year."
    Tiffany W. (Parent)

    "We loved this camp!!! Our son was so scared of getting on his bike and then is started riding it with confidence in 3 days! He loved the instructors and it is something we will look forward to doing every year."

    "Fabulous bike leaders"
    Tanya Dissegna (Parent)

    "My kids fought me and fought me when it came to taking training wheels off or learning how to ride. Both my boys learned how to ride during their first camp! You'd think that no further camps would be needed in the future...but then I learned that higher levels include road safety, including hand signals, plus bike maintenance and more. Fabulous bike leaders...enthusiastic young people who really connect with kids. I'm so happy. It's worth every penny! ... Read More

    "I love, love, love the biking camp!"
    Dee L N (Parent)

    I love, love, love the biking camp! My 5y old was very sad and dejected that he was the 'only' one who couldn't bike without training wheels and was refusing to bike when friends were around. Coach Becky and Coach Mathew were kind, and caring. My son was very worried about falling and hurting himself. They really coached him through his fears. At the end of the week, this same child was weaving around cones and doing shoulder checks and stops at stop signs without his training wheels! Coach Becky and Coach Mathew are miracle workers! We highly recommend Pedalheads (and will be letting our friends know about that) and cant wait to join another session! ... Read More

    "There is no bike camp better then Pedalheads"
    Margaret S. (Parent)

    "There is no bike camp better then Pedalheads. I have four children and my first two children went through Pedalheads 6-7 years ago and now my third child (6) has just completed the Newbies and will be starting Newbies 2 next week. I really did not think he would have picked up riding a bike so quickly (second day), but I should not have doubted Pedalheads because if they taught my first (15 years now) son how to ride a bike within a week, they certainly can teach any child how to ride. Just love how the instructors teach and have so much patience. They are #1 on my list for teaching my children how to ride a bike and swimming. I also love their swimming classes too! ... Read More

  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Alberta (32), British Columbia (46), Ontario (52), Quebec (9)
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    Property Details

    Landscape

    • Open Field

    More details about property: Camp locations use a combination of grass and gravel fields for the kids to use.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    We run learn to ride summer bike camps that also include afterschool camps exclusively for school groups. For more information, please email [email protected]


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Claudia Sjoberg, President
    MBA

    Since 1986, Pedalheads has provided innovative and effective programs that are safe, fun, and challenging. We invite children to discover a world of opportunities and provide programs that promote kids' health and development that have earned a reputation of excellence in the communities that we serve.

    Programs Offered:

    Pedalheads Bike - Our learn to ride bike program for kids 3-12
    Pedalheads Swim - Our swimming program for kids 4 months and up
    Pedalheads Trail - Our instructional trail-riding program for kids 4-15
    Pedalheads Sport - Our multi-sport camp for kids 4-8

    Claudia grew up in Duncan before moving to Vancouver (UBC) to begin her BPE degree. She started Atlantis Programs Swim School in 1986 and added Pedalheads® Bike Camps in 1995. Claudia is well known in the community and was a finalist for the YWCA Women of Distinction awards. In 2013 she received the Corporate Good Neighbour Award from the Association of Neighbourhood Houses and was listed on the Chatelaine/Profit W 100. Her biggest business reward is watching past kids come back to be Instructors, Supervisors, and even Managers!



    In the News

    January 25, 2021
    Bike camps during COVID-19 (via VancouverIsAwesome.com)

    Pedalheads continues to teach kids 2-12 how to bike safely with COVID-19 health & safety measures in place at their learn-to-ride bike camps... Read More

    March 18, 2020
    Pedalheads' Reponse to COVID-19 and Program Updates

    Check this page to see if there are any program changes in your region and FAQs: https://pedalheads.com/about/covid-update... Read More

    March 4, 2020
    Pedalheads Mentioned in CBC News

    "From kid swaps to day camps: How parents fill the child-care gap over spring break Social Sharing"... Read More



    Stories

    • Pedalheads Bike Camps - What Skill Level Are You?

      At Pedalheads, our goal is to provide your child with the right level so he/she will feel safe, excited and challenged by all the skills and activities at camp.

      Children are constantly growing, learning and developing so we expect that there may be some moving around to find the perfect match. Try to determine what level would be best suited for your child and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call us.

      Balance Bikers: This class is meant to help kids improve their riding skills, balance, and coordination with a balance/run bike; any bikes with pedals should register for our TNT class.

      Trikes 'N' Trainers: Kids will learn how to stop, steer, and pedal as well as very basic bike safety.  We will not be taking training wheels off.  This class is to get kids having fun and moving on their bikes! 

      Level 1: Newbees are riders who cannot yet ride a two-wheeler independently, and still require assistance from either their training wheels or an individual.

      Level 2: Advanced Newbees are riders who can balance and pedal a two-wheeler without assistance, but still need a light push to start, or assistance to stop. 

      Level 3: Pedalheads® are competent riders with the fundamental skills to start, stop and ride independently.

      Level 4: Advanced Pedalheads® rider should be able to ride in a straight line for at least 20 meters (75ft), do a shoulder check, and hold a hand signal for 3 seconds while maintaining their straight line riding.

      Level 5: Gearheads are riders who are very comfortable on their bikes, have mastered the fundamental skills of braking, steering and control, and are able to ride safely on quiet residential roads. Gearheads are able to ride in a straight line for long distances, hold a hand signal for 5 seconds, and do shoulder checks safely.

      Level 6: Treadheads provides a refresher on shifting gears, safety rules, and the necessary skills for road riding (see Gearheads).

      Pedalheads Mountain Biking (PHMB): Levels vary from those first discovering mountain biking, to those looking to work on advanced skills like drops, jumps and downhill riding. Join us to discover the amazing sport of mountain biking! 

    • Becoming a Superhero

      https://www.facebook.com/pedalheads/posts/10152835122706707

      Thank you Pedalheads for coming up with Heroheads! My son had the best time this week with Austin as his counsellor at Heroheads Camp!

    • Big Smiles

      https://www.facebook.com/dadcamp/videos/10153654748161756/?fref=nf

      If there's a bigger smiile than the one your kid has showing you they know how to ride a bike by themselves for the first time, I haven't seen it yet.

      Buzz Bishop - DadCAMP

    • Pedalheads...more than just a camp

      Teaching a child to ride a bike is one of the most rewarding experiences I've ever been involved in. In my 9 years with Pedalheads, I've seen thousands of kids arrive to our camps with hesitation, only to leave us with smiles on their faces and a new found love for biking. While on the surface Pedalheads may appear to be a camp for kids, I would say it's much more than that. Through our cycling programs, children are able to build confidence in themselves, as tackling new challenges on a bike can help them in their quest to overcome other challenges in the future. There are few better feelings than encountering a child who begins the week saying "I can't" only to come to the realization of "I did!" One of the best parts of being with Pedalheads all these years is seeing the many familiar faces. Often times, as kids get older, the experiences they had at four years old are only remembered if they were very special. I know for myself, one of the only things I remember about being 4 was going to Expo '86 with my Mom in Vancouver. It was a terrific experience, but for the life of me, I can't remember much else about that year. When 10 year olds come up to me yelling "Hey Nick!" and remind me about the time I taught them how to ride their bike, I'm completely blown away as I know it was a special moment for them. Seeing how far they've come on their bikes since the first time we met is something I can't describe with mere words. I've personally seen that the experience a child receives at Pedalheads goes beyond the weeks spent at the camp, and I can safely say that the same holds true for me. Whether it's a youngster improving bike skills, a parent waiting for a major breakthrough or an instructor helping a child reach a milestone, the time spent at Pedalheads is something that won't be forgotten. -Vancouver Centre Nick (Pedalheads Supervisor for 5 years)



    Frequently Asked Questions

    Does Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport have good reviews?
    We interviewed families about their experience with Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport. Watch the video here. You can also read 10 reviews of Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport from past attendees.

    What types of programs does Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport offer?
    Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport runs: day camps, year-round programs. Programming specializes in: Swimming, Mountain Biking, Cycling. Browse the program calendar for rates and dates.

    What age does Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport start?
    Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport has programs for children aged 2 to 12.

    How much does is cost to attend Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport?
    Fees to attend Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport range from $199 to $600/week.

    Does Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport offer support for children with special needs?
    Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport does not offer support for children with special needs.

    Does Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport offer busing?
    No, Pedalheads Bike, Swim and Sport does not offer transportation.



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