Beginner 2 Day

The 2-day beginner program is our most popular whitewater program for adults and is also the best way to introduce yourself to the world and culture of whitewater.

Beginners and novices spend 2 days progressing at a comfortable pace from flatwater strokes and concepts to running class 1-3 whitewater.

The Ottawa River provides the perfect venue for learning how to whitewater kayak. With its deep, warm waters and endless channels, there is a fun adventure for everyone.

Teens are welcome for our 2, 3, and 5-day programs when accompanied by an adult 18+

Are you local to the Ottawa River Valley or don’t need the overnights and meals? Ask about the day camp option! Arrive at 8 am daily and we are typically done our days at 4:30 pm. 

Note: booking day is either Friday or Sunday, but your arrival time everyday is still 8 am.

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] 

Your kayak program begins with a 7PM briefing followed directly by a meet and greet.

To best prepare for your time on the water please do not wear any cotton clothing and choose either closed toe shoes or sandals with a heel strap as your footwear.

  • Gearing Up
    Each program begins the same way: an orientation and personalized sizing of the equipment you will be using.
  • Safety Briefing
    Ottawa Kayak Instructors have your safety in mind. Before getting on the water, your instructor will explain the safety procedures for the day.
  • Let’s Kayak!
    A short walk away is the start of your day! Starting on flat water and focusing on technique, your instructor will help prepare you for the rapids on the mighty Ottawa River!
  • 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 your instructor’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! Your instructor will provide you with an itinerary for Day 2 and the evening’s entertainment options.

All OKS programs are progressions. Our instructors will help you implement your newly learned skills throughout the day.

  • Focusing on the implementation of the skills covered during Day 1 but in whitewater!


Trip timing can vary depending on daily river conditions. Our professional Instructors always prioritize safety and guest enjoyment!

Ottawa Kayak School instructors are known for their industry-leading skills, as well as their friendly personalities and positive attitudes.

When you take a beginner course at OKS, the kayak, helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, personal flotation device, and wetsuit are included!

Ottawa Kayak School is the world’s first Jackson Kayak super school. Choose mild or wild (AntiX 2.0 or Rockstar V) as you begin your paddling career!

Starting with breakfast at the beginning of your first on-water day and ending with lunch on your final on-water day.

All Ottawa Kayak School programs include a campsite, however, camping equipment is not included.

Each day begins by meeting your OKS instuctor 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 2 Day Beginner

    Friday or Sunday Arrival

  • Locals Rate

    Lunch only no stay over


Note: Prices are subject to 13% HST & $15/day/person Park Pass

*Holiday Rate,  **Spring & September Discount – Opening Weekend – June 23rd, 2024 and After Labor Day Weekend.

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