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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 run once or twice per week (see below for more information).  Come join us Monday or Wednesday evenings!

New This Year:

In light of the recent public health recommendations, along with ORCC's COVID policy, please note that the PaddleAll program will be running with specific modifications and protocols in place for summer 2020. Please make sure to read the club's policy and feel free to contact us for further information at info@orcc.ca 

ORCC Paddle All Program:

  • Recreational paddlers - $80 for once per week 

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

"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 Paddle All Team participating in a Dragon Boat Festival next year.”  Gisele Doyle

ORCC PaddleALL paddlers on a fun Dragon Boat night!

If you have questions please speak to coaches or email our PaddleAll coordinator at  info@orcc.ca 

Session Dates

 - Monday evenings 6 to 7 pm 

- Wednesday evenings 6 to 7 pm

- Sunday mornings 11 am to 12 pm * to be confirmed

The program will run weekly between July 6th  and August 28, 2020 ( no practice on civic holiday in August)

( possibility of 1-2 weeks weather make up day in the fall)

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

Please note that the races and regattas have mostly been cancelled for the 2020 season. The club will hold their home events throughout the summer. Please contact us for more details.

Register for PaddleAll Programs

Upcoming events

Email contacts: 

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

Location: 1610 Sixth Line, Dunrobin 

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