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PaddleALL (Special Needs)


A boat for everyone!

PaddleALL is a Canoe Kayak Canada program aimed at promoting participation in the sport of sprint Canoe Kayak for individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Recreational and sprint canoes and kayaks are used to introduce paddlers with intellectual and physical disabilities to the sport of CanoeKayak. The program includes a safety orientation, technical instruction, and instruction by experienced coaches. Each paddler will have an experienced paddling partner for 1:1 support. Although all abilities are welcome, paddlers must be comfortable on the water.

Our programs runs once or twice per week (see below for more information) and have a new partnership with Special Olympics Ontario to offer a competitive program as well.  Come join us Monday or Wednesday evenings!

The session will run from the end of June until mid-August. Please note that the club will be closed for Canada Day and the Civic holiday.

Cost:
  • Recreational paddlers - $70 for once per week or $95 for twice
  • Competitive paddlers - $145  (covers $55 in OCSRA, EOD and CKC fees)

Please note that once you choose a time slot, you must stay with it for the summer (see registration below).

Testimonials:
"After the month of May, there used to be a void in organized sport activities for people with special needs. Not so this year! Thanks to Paddling for Special Needs at the Ottawa Canoe Club in Dunrobin, our son has been able to keep up with his physical fitness and meeting friends all summer long. I would like to personally thank Catherine Gosselin-Despres and all her volunteers for all their hard work. Hopefully we will have enough participants next year for Ottawa to be the first city in Canada to have a Special Olympic Team participating in a Dragon Boat Festival next year.”  Gisele Doyle




ORCC PaddleALL competitors on the podium at the 2017 CKC National Championships in Welland, Ontario


“Hi my name is Marie and my son James took part in the OSO Paddle Program with The Ottawa River Canoe Club this past summer. James had a wonderful time and was always ready and waiting every Monday evening when I got home from work anxious to get to the paddle program. James and his peers got to learn kayaking and dragon boat paddling; by the end of the summer session it was amazing to see the improvement they had made in such a short period. 
The staff coaches and volunteers were wonderful and their dedication commitment and support to each of the kids was heartwarming. The athletes could sense this commitment and worked hard to show their appreciation. I would and will recommend this program to other parents for their children, I can hardly wait to sign up for next year. 
Thank-you you are a wonderful group of people.”
Marie Arnold


Ontario Summer Games will also be an additional cost (TBD)


If you have questions please speak to coaches or email LA at las.canoe@gmail.com

Session Dates

June 18 –August 20 (9 weeks, with 2 holiday Mondays off)

(August 22 will be a weather make up day)


Paddle All Regatta Dates are as follows:    (For Competitive Program)

July 1 Canada Day regatta – Mooneys Bay

July 7  Constance Bay Dboat Festival – optional we could enter a fun crew with families/paddlers

July 15 Rideau Canoe Club Regatta – Mooneys Bay

July 22 Carleton Place Regatta

August  2-5 Ontario Summer Games – London Ont.  (U 21 age class)

August 31/Sept 1 – Nationals   (Sherbrooke, Que.)

Sept 2 Canadian Masters Championships (Adult racing)


Register for PaddleAll Programs

  • Registration is not yet open

Upcoming events

Email contacts: 

  • info@orcc.ca (general and program information)
  • camps@orcc.ca
  • kayaking@orcc.ca
  • canoeing@orcc.ca
  • sup@orcc.ca
  • programs@orcc.ca
  • dragonboat@orcc.ca

Location: 1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin 

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