please also see our Summer Camps page for some information on Childrens' programs
The ORR offers development of whitewater kayak skills for children/cadets/youth, through small group local sessions and beginner river runs taught by club coaches. Participants must have appropriate skill levels entering the program, as assessed by instructors or the head coach. Slalom programs focus on kayaking as a competitive sport, but at the introductory level, it is all about improving skills and having fun. These programs are open to club members only. Equipment (including slalom boats) is available for loan for those without their own equipment. Children and Youth programs are usually for children 15 and under but older children can be accomodated. Four groups have been established called Competitive A, Competitive B, Development A, and Development B.
The programs run from Spring through the Fall, and continue with Pool Sessions in the Winter.
**** The 2013 Program is not finalized yet. Please check back at this site in early/mid May for details. However, the 2013 program will be similar to the 2012 program as described below. Please contact us if you are interested in participating in the 2013 Youth Program(s). ****
For more information about the Spring sessions, please see the ORR 2012 Spring Program Overview Document.
For more information about the Summer sessions, please see the ORR 2012 Summer Program Overview Document and the accompanying program calendar. Summer sessions are usually weekday afternoons, with some full day river runs and two weeks of optional training camps and races at MKC/Minden and at Valleyfield.
To clarify our breakdown of skill level groups here at the ORR. Here is a list from the easiest to hardest programs that we run.
The Fall outdoor program runs from early Sep to mid October and takes place primarily at the Pumphouse with an occasional river run or trip to Valleyfield. There are sessions for the Competitive A/B and Development A/B groups on weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Please use the contact us link for more information.
Fall/Winter instruction is also provided in the pool from Novermber through March. Please see Pool Sessions