Keeners are well fed with a vegetarian alternative at every meal. Keeners share household chores including dishes, house cleaning, bathrooms, grass cutting, etc. Any allergies or special requirements should be included in the notes on the application or provided to the Keener supervisors on arrival.
SAFETY AND LIABILITY
Safety is our #1 concern. Keeners are always supervised on the river during instruction and are not allowed to paddle on their own without written parental permission in the Keener application. A signed release is required of all participants. Note that all keeners must have CPR/First aid and SRT (swiftwater rescue) certification, keeners who have it from another company can supply their certificate, keeners who have not taken the training can either take the classes prior to arrival or will need to take the classes available during their session, the cost per class is $249 plus tax.
A TYPICAL KEENER WEEK
Sunday – arrival 3 pm; 6 pm dinner and meeting
Monday – Friday – formal kayak training from about 9-5
Formal kayak training takes place Monday through Friday with about 6 hours on the river.
Each evening there is an activity session. Sometimes it’s kayaking related, sometimes just going to the movies. Depending on water levels and features, training can be at 6 am or after dark with glow sticks on helmets. Keeners have high speed internet access as well as movie making equipment for video analysis.
Another weekly highlight is the Friday afternoon “Keener Competition” where the Keeners organize, judge, scribe, time and compete.
Saturday – departure day – free paddling/chores
We operate a 2 day First Aid/CPR Red Cross Certification Program as part of every 3 Week Session, usually on the first weekend. The certification is valid for 3 years and is required for all river guides and kayak instructors. We also operate a Swiftwater Rescue Course, usually in the second week. Both courses are mandatory for Keeners not possessing the certifications.
With a stated goal of dominating international junior kayaking, Keeners participate each week in the weekly Ottawa Kayak Pro/Am competition. This competition is operated by the Keeners. Not only do Keeners compete but they judge, scribe and time the event (under OKS supervision).