Heidi Walsh Signature Week

My goal for this week is to use the skills I’ve learned from all over the world combined my experience from working with Keeners to help you achieve your kayaking ambitions! 

A leader in the world of whitewater, multi-time team Great Britain Freestyle team member, Dagger Kayaks team rider, Ottawa Kayak School, and Keener Program instructor, Heidi is a consummate professional on and off the water.

One of Heidi's best attributes as an instructor is her ability to take the highest-end skills and break them down to their most basic form, relating them to back to fundamental skills.

A note from Heidi:

“Join me on one of my favourite places in the world to paddle, the Ottawa River. It is one of the best rivers in the world to improve your all round skills. It’s friendly, big volume and of course, has world-class waves for you to train freestyle. What most people don’t realize is that the Ottawa does more than just create world-class wave boaters. It is also the perfect training ground to develop your river running skills, practice safety skills recreate situations that may occur on the river, and solve problems in safe places.
 
My goal for this week is to use the skills I’ve learned from all over the world and my experience from working with Keeners to help you achieve your kayaking ambitions. I would love to come away from this program with a group of strong, well-rounded kayakers who work hard without compromising having as much fun as possible."
 
Heidi Walsh
 
To take full advantage of this course, you will need a reliable whitewater roll to start. 
 
Don't forget about the Ottawa Kayak School #1 Club! Book 4 friends to the Ottawa Kayak School and your trip is 50% off! Just like our rafting programs we also have a #1 Club for kayakers, bring 5 or more kayakers and receive a discount for the next season!
 

Need some more information? Check out our FAQ's section or send us an e-mail at [email protected] 

ARRIVAL & CHECK-IN
Your kayak program begins with a 7PM briefing followed directly by a meet and greet.

DAY 1 | GEARING UP & A REVIEW OF THE BASICS
To best prepare you for your time on water with Heidi, she will begin her program with a review of the basics. From the way our boats and gear fit to our most basic techniques, our aim is to master the fundamentals.

  • Gearing Up
    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.
  • Safety Briefing
    Heidi has your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, Heidi will explain the safety procedures for the day.
  • Let's Kayak!
    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, Heidi will help you achieve your goals!
  • Lunch
    Rehydrate and refuel because your day is only half over!
  • More Kayaking!
    Continue challenging yourself! The second half of the day will build upon the first half of Heidi's lesson plan.
  • Your arrival back to Park Village
    It's been a full day of whitewater kayaking but don't run off just yet! Heidi will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening's entertainment options.

DAYS 2 - 6 | IMPLEMENTATION OF NEW SKILLS
As the program continues, Heidi will encourage you, the participant, to take the skills you learned in Day 1 and implement them in more dynamic scenarios providing feedback along the way through verbal coaching and video review.

 

6 DAYS OF WHITEWATER KAYAK INSTRUCTION
Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Heidi always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTORS
Heidi is an industry-leading instructor, and possesses a friendly personality and positive attitude.

18 MEALS INCLUDED
Starting dinner on your arrival evening and ending with lunch on your final on-water day.

6 NIGHTS OF CAMPING INCLUDED
All Ottawa Kayak School programs include a campsite, however, camping equipment is not included.

DAILY SHUTTLE INCLUDED
Each day begins by meeting Heidi at the Rafters Pavilion. After breakfast, a daily orientation and gear loading, you will board the bus which takes the class to the river. Each day ends at Rafters Pavilion within walking-distance from your vehicle.

EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Ottawa Kayak School is proud to be the World's first Jackson Kayak super school. For $330 CAD, you can rent a Jackson Kayak (AntiX 2.0 or Rockstar V), paddle (Werner Rio), helmet (Sweet Wanderer) , sprayskirt (LevelSix King), and PFD (NRS Ion) for the duration of your program.

ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES
Receive a 40% discount on all accommodation upgrades by booking a multi-day whitewater kayak program.

STAYOVER PACKAGE
Stayover packages bundle your choice of activity with dinner, breakfast, and a campsite.

STORAGE LOCKERS
We have coin operated storage lockers to keep your valuables safe while you are on the river.

AIRPORT SHUTTLES
Can be arrange, please contact Ottawa Kayak School via e-mail at [email protected]

  • August 4th - 10th

    New for 2024!

    $2,199

*Price is subject to 13% HST & $15/day/person

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