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Join us at the Ottawa River Canoe Club for our Special O programming aimed at promoting participation in the sport of sprint Kayak for individuals living with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. 

This is a weekly progressive, competitive paddling program for individuals looking to build on their already developed rec kayaking skills. Athletes will complete workouts in their boats each session. They will then have the opportunity to use their skills learned in training in a race format through regattas over the summer months - this is best suited for youth who have been on the water before and want to move their boat faster and build their paddling endurance.

Coaches will work with athletes to develop their fitness and technique and build each athlete’s confidence on the water. Athletes will learn about paddle selection, boat preparation, warm-up, cooldowns, and training, and eventually, they will have the opportunity to test their skills on a racecourse striving for personal bests and finally having the ability to experience the thrill of a race day at local regattas in the Ottawa area! Ausome Ottawa-trained volunteers and staff will support this program, and we are excited to be working together on this again.

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Meet the Coaches!

Our Coaches: L.A. Schmidt and Andrea Nicholls

Coach L.A and Andrea are highly experienced coaches bringing much enthusiasm and dedication to opening up competitive opportunities for athletes of all abilities. Both coaches will use a mix of recreational and sprint kayaks to introduce paddlers to sprint paddling and racing. Each group has a maximum of 9 athletes, an assistant coach, and volunteer(s) and includes safety orientation, technical instruction, and instruction by our highly experienced and qualified coaches.


Please see the season schedule below. If this year's schedule is not yet listed, it will be in time for registration.

Spring / Summer 2023

  • 12 Weeks starting May 27, 2023
  • Monday & Wednesday (2 practices per week)
  • Option to add Friday as a third night per week
  • 17:45 - 19:00

Fall 2023

  • Sept 11 - Oct 2
  • Mondays (4 sessions)
  • 17:45 - 19:00

Program Fee

12 Week Spring / Summer Program Cost

  • $370: 2 times per week
  • $470: 3 times per week

Fall Program Cost

  • $70.00

***Race fees for local events and association fees are now included

Regatta Schedule

Regatta schedule coming soon...