2017 SUMMER CAMP INFO

 

***An Early Bird Discount is in place until Dec 31st, 2016. Use the EARLYBIRD code at checkout.***

****A new Level 2 camp ($245) July 17-21, that is half-days 9-1 Mon-Thu and full-day 9-4 on Fri has been added to the registration form. (There will likely not be a river run in that camp on the Friday unlike the other L2 full-cay camps). This is not yet shown in the table below*** 

Overview

The ORR offers a summer camp program that teaches the basics of whitewater kayaking skills in a fun, safe environment. The campers will get started on the calm flat water learning all the basic strokes before progressing to the moving water. Qualified kayak instructors will teach participants self rescues, ferries, eddy turns and the first steps of whitewater paddling running the rapids. Each camp is geared for a specific age range and skill level to ensure good group dynamics and similar skills progression. We also have a number of fun off-water activities planned.

This year we have a mix of full-day or half-day camps for the youth. If you don't see what you are looking for, please contact us to enquire about custom courses/camps.

Kids FUNdamentals

This is a Level 1 summer camp for participants ages 10-13. No previous paddling experience is required, however participants should be comfortable in the water and have some basic swimming skills.

Youth - Level 1

This is a Level 1 program for participants ages 12-16. No previous paddling experience is required, however participants should be comfortable in the water and have some basic swimming skills.

This year we are offering one week of half-day programming

Youth - Level 2

This is a Level 2 program for participants who have previously taken a Level 1 program with ORR, or another whitewater kayaking instruction program, and are a minimum of 12 years old.

There is a small amount of flexibility on age ranges; please contact us if you have a question about age eligibility. Also, for those outside of these age ranges please read our Courses and Programs General Overview

All equipment for the camps and courses is provided.

Please email us if you have any questions.

Online Registration

To register please click this here! It will take you to our Level 1 & Level 2 registration form at Zone4. Please note that there is an admin fee of about $10 added on top of the camp fee, as we use an external company to process the registration and take care of credit card transactions. 

Overview of All Summer Camps and Courses

 

DATES

DESCRIPTION

AGES

DAYS

TIME

FEE

June 20, 22, 24

Youth Level 1 Spring Catch Up

12 - 16

3

2 evenings &
1 Saturday

$150

June 28 - June 30

Youth Level 1

14 - 16

3

9am - 4pm

$210

July 4 - July 7

Kids FUNdamentals

10 - 13

4

9am - 4pm

$270

July 10 - July 14

Youth Level 1

12 - 16

5

9am - 4pm

$320

July 17 - July 21

Kids FUNdamentals

10 - 13

5

9am - 4pm

$320

July 24 - July 28

Youth Level 2

12 - 16

5

9am - 4pm

$320

July 31 - August 4

Youth Level 1 (see below)

12 - 16

5

9am - 1pm

$245

August 8 - August 11

Kids FUNdamentals

10 - 13

4

9am - 4pm

$270

August 14 - August 18

Youth Level 1

12 - 16

5

9am - 4pm

$320

August 21 - August 25

Kids FUNdamentals

10 - 13

5

9am - 4pm

$320

August 28 - September 1

Youth Level 2

12 - 16

5

9am - 4pm

$320

 

The Youth Level 1 course offered the week of July 31 - August 4th is a half-day camp from 9am - 1pm for Monday throught Thursday. Friday will be an all day camp from 9am until 4pm and participants will get to spend the day at Bate Island, weather permiting, paddling on the Ottawa River. Transportation is included from the Pumphouse for this outing.

Location

The primary location for all camps and courses is The Pumphouse, our paddling site in the heart of downtown Ottawa, at Lebreton Flats. It is a site that relies on pumped water, and so we use a second alternate site when there are scheduling conflicts with the pumping station maintenance shut-offs. These are scheduled in advance, and we maintain contact with the City of Ottawa to plan our programs around this. The alternate site is the Bate Island beach & rapids, accessed from Champlain Bridge (via Island Park Dr). We may hold up to 1-2 days of our level 1 camps, and 1-4 days of our Level 1 & 2 courses at this alternate site. Advance notice will be given if this is necessary, and all parents would be required to drop off and pick up the participants from the alternate site on the designated days.

Basic Requirements

  • The minimum age for participation in the camp program is 10.

    At 10 years old, children usually have the mental and physical development to truly enjoy learning to kayak in a group setting.
     
  • Participants must have basic swimming skills.

    We do not require a specific Aquaquest Level, what is important is that the child is comfortable in the water environment, and can swim well enough to guide themselves in moving water. All participants will be wearing PFD's while on the water.
  • Every child will be taught to do a 'wet exit' from a kayak, this is an essential safety skill.

    Participants must learn this skill before they can try paddling on the class 2 whitewater course. A wet exit is when a paddler wearing a spray skirt flips their kayak upside down in the river, pulls the release handle, and ejects from the kayak. Click here to see a demonstration video from Youtube.
  • Participants should be prepared to try whitewater kayaking.

    The purpose of our program is to teach whitewater kayaking skills, and to give kids the opportunity to try out paddling in rapids. Those with an adventurous spirit, who are ready to try new things are best suited to this type of program. We ask that you please consider the suitability of this camp for each child, they do not need to be fearless, but they should be prepared to come with an open mind. If you are not sure if your child would enjoy this activity, please refer to the attached 'Frequently Asked Questions' download.

Frequently Asked Questions 

 



Level 1 Camps

For schedule and cost, please see the table above.

The Spring Level 1 Catch Up is a speedy introduction for participants aged 12-16, who want to gain the basic skills in order to take a Level 2 Camp with friends or to join an ongoing club program. Participants registering for this course should be strong swimmers and ready to paddle!

Overview

Paddling Skills Taught and Other Activities:

  • forwards, backwards, turning and bracing strokes in a kayak
  • paddling games and races for improving kayaking skills
  • lessons on current flow and paddling in moving water (Class I)
  • wet exits, ferrying, eddy turns, edge control
  • introduction to Class II moving water on the last day of camp, but varies with the skill levels of the participants
  • Youth Camps: By the Thursday/Friday the youth are learning how to safely swim in moving water, and are moving up to trying the class 2 rapids of the Pumphouse.
  • Non-Paddling Activities
  • land based games and activities
  • some afternoon visits to local gymnasium or Bronson Centre to play indoor games/sports (mainly for the Kids Camps not the Youth Camps)

Full day camps are run as part kayak course, and part traditional day camp, and will include games on land, arts and crafts (for Kids Camps), swimming and other activities. Specifically for the Kids Camps, it is not beneficial nor possible to have children paddling all day, due to their limited endurance, strength and the environmental conditions. Our instructors break up the day to allow rests, and time out of the sun/rain. We plan up to two afternoon trips to a nearby gymnasium at the Ottawa Technical High School, or to the Bronson Centre, as a break from the weather. The Youth Camps will also provide some off-water activities, but to a lesser extent than with the Kids Camps.

Campers MUST bring shoes (in addition to water footwear) so that off-water games or sports can be played safely.

Additional Notes
We offer a discount of $30 off each camp fee for multiple campers. This is available for selection in our registration form.
Camps hours can be extended by 30 minutes in the morning or afternoon (for full day camp program only). The fees are $15 for early drop-offs (from 8:30 am) and $15 for late pick-ups (until 4:30 pm) and cover all 5 days. If you know that you will need to drop-off or pick-up early or late for the week, please let us know when registering.

 



Level 2 Camps

Participants who have completed a Level 1 Camp or Course have the opportunity to continue by taking a Level 2 Camp. These programs are for ages 12-16 and focus on spending more time on honing paddling skills and improving whitewater paddling. Each camp is one week of  full day sessions, and includes working on whitewater skills, rolling, and having fun at the Pumphouse.

The last day of the week-long camps may consist of a full day river run in the Ottawa area, which is often the highlight of an amazing week of paddling.See the table above for schedule and cost details.

Participants MUST have taken a whitewater kayaking program before.

 



Ongoing Programs and Afternoon Paddling Opportunities

For those children or youth with prior whitewater kayaking experience, or who have previously taken a Level 1 or 2 camp or course with us, there will be ongoing advanced programs for developing whitewater skills, called the Youth Development Paddling Program.

For ongoing programs for youth and adults, please explore the other sections of our "Courses & Programs" menu or drop us an email.

Location: National Whitewater Canoe/Kayak Slalom Tailrace/Pumphouse Training Site, 10 Fleet Street, LeBreton Flats.

Camp Instructors & Support Staff

The Ottawa River Runners employs qualified and certified whitewater kayak instructors to teach our summer camps and courses. Full time staff are certified by CanoeKayak Canada as whitewater leaders and instructors on moving water up to class 2, and also hold first aid qualifications. Part time assistance is often provided by club athletes, who are experienced whitewater paddlers.

 

 

 

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