Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know


You need to check with your own country but you can find at the following link a questionnaire the French government has set up to help you find the requirements related to your situation : https://france-visas.gouv.fr/en/web/france-visas/visa-wizard#/

The registration fee for the IBCPC 2026 Festival is €395 per paddler and per supporter, including the €20 IBCPC levy.

This price includes entry to the races, 2 lunches on 2 race days, meals during the opening and closing ceremonies and access to the transport network dedicated to the event between the partner accommodation and the race site.

Please contact your national reps. You will find who they are on the IBCPC website. Their names are listed under the country.

No. The proprietary rights of the logo are under the direct ownership of the Organising Committee “Pagaie Plus Loin” charity and may not be used or duplicated in any form at all.

No. The proprietary rights of the logo are under the direct ownership of the International Breast Cancer Paddlers Commission and may not be used or duplicated in any form at all.

Yes. You may use the words only, but not the Festival or the IBCPC logos.

It is a requirement that all persons on the water must wear a PFD whether during a training session or a race.

We will provide approved PFDs that have been checked every year. Paddlers will not be allowed to wear any other PFDs than the ones provided by the organisation.


Registration is open to teams that are members of the IBCPC: that is breast cancer survivors (no other cancers). All paddlers must have had a diagnosis of breast cancer, this includes the drummer and steer.
Registrants may also be supporters of these paddlers but they must register as a supporter.

Maximum of 26 and 22 is the minimum, including steer/helm/sweep and drummer.

As from 13th May 2024, you will be able to register incomplete teams or publish/answer adverts of teams looking for paddlers on : Team adverts.

They can, provided she / he is part of the 26 and is a breast cancer survivor.

There is no set deadline for registration. However, this festival has a capacity limit of 4,500 paddlers. Registration will then close once this limit has been reached. Numbers are regularly updated on: Registrations

You can transfer your registration to another person/team. This will incur a €25 per alteration administration charge.

Any transfer must occur before May 1st 2026. After this date transfers will not be allowed.


You can cancel your registration, however, any registration fee or deposit paid is non-refundable. This is the same policy that has been in place for previous IBCPC festivals.

Festival Logistics

Each team can dress as they want, but bear in mind it is a parade of nations.

There will be 6 lanes on the race course.

We will be using IDBF certified Champion 20-persons boats.

Yes, you can provided they are no thicker than 5mm.


Footwear is compulsory on site. Soft footwear is accepted and recommended.


Yes, pre race practice sessions will be scheduled. Your team must be fully registered (final payment made), to book practice sessions.

Transport & Accommodation

Buses will be available to provide transport for registered participants (festival ID required for all transport) from event affiliated accommodation.

Event affiliated accommodation is accommodation that is booked through the Organising Committee system. Should you book your accommodation through another provider or independently then you can still access the transport but will have to make your own way to a central pick up point that is on the bus transport route.

This transport will be available for participants travelling to and from training, the festival launch event, the opening ceremony parade, and the race days.

We have secured a range of accommodation across the region for participants. Once your registration has been qualified you will be emailed available accommodation offers.