Winter Pool Sessions


The Ottawa River Runners offers winter pool sessions each year so that members can keep their skills sharp, and practice skills year-round. Sessions are typically held at the Carleton University Pool, and may require advance reservation of spaces. Unless otherwise indicated, sessions are ‘open’ or uncoached, and members work on their skills with friends or sometimes play some friendly kayak polo. Some programs are offered in the pool, including kids sessions and rolling clinics. Please inquire if you are interested in a particular type of program, as we schedule them based on demand.

Pool Sessions 2020

The pool that we have booked is the Carleton University pool (the shallow end) and the timeslots are Saturday evenings. There is boat storage available on the pool deck. There is now a cost for parking at the Carleton Athletics Facility on weekends, $4/day.

Open Sessions

The ORR has booked 6 open sessions this winter. These sessions are open to members and non-members, and are done on a drop-in basis. Typically paddlers come to get some boat time in, practice rolling, and there is sometimes a kayak polo game! If you are planning to attend several sessions and would like to store your boat at the pool, you can bring your boat on the first evening and then leave it with the rest of the ORR equipment. The pool staff ask that boats be clean of leaves and dirt, and that we bring them in through the external entrance (not through the change rooms). The schedule and pricing are below.

Schedule (all Saturday evenings)
6 sessions in Jan-Apr/20,  6:10-7:40 pm 
Jan 11th 25th
Feb 8th, 22nd
Mar 7th
Apr 4th

Parallel Slalom Race?

Fees for Open Sessions
$20 ($25)/session for members (non-members) for 1.5hr sessions.
(price will be reduced by $5, if the attendance is higher than 8/session). You can sign up for all 6 for $80 ($100) for members (non-members).
Payments accepted by cash or cheque in person at the pool or eTransfer. No advance registration required but an email to indicate you are going is helpful for us to gauge numbers.

Contact us or Ian Thomson, keep an eye out for emails or watch social media for more information.

Youth and Slalom Kayak Development Group Pool Programs

Schedule (all on Saturday evenings) starting in Dec
Contact us or WO for more information.

Parallel Slalom Race?

ORR/WO Minnows Pool Program

Info coming very soon – will be on the same evenings as the Open Sessions

Enquire about joining part way through the program if interested.
Club Membership required. (2019 membership still valid for Dec-Mar 2020 pool sessions). 
If you are currently not a club member and wanting to take these pool sessions, please enquire about the discount available.