Intermediate 5 Day

Immersing yourself in a topic is the best way to learn. Spend 5 days working with our coaches to develop your whitewater kayaking skills so you can step up with confidence!

Whether learning to cartwheel for the first time or attempting to blunt on a wave, we will help you achieve your goals.

Spend 5 days on the ‘mighty Ottawa River’ improving your whitewater kayaking skills and techniques with our incredible instructors. Set daily goals and we will help you achieve them!

Challenge by choice followed by analysis, practice, and video feedback is the recipe for success in this high-level program. The only requirement is a reasonable roll. We’ll help you “bombproof” it.

The Ottawa River provides the perfect venue for learning new skills in your whitewater kayak. With its deep, warm waters and endless channels, there is a challenge by choice at every rapid for every skill level.

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 you for your time on water with us, our coaches begin all of our intermediate and advanced programs 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
    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!
    Starting with a basics review and focusing on technique, your instructor 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 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.

As the program continues, our instructors 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.


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.

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.

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.

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]

  • Monday - Friday

    Sunday Arrival

  • Locals Rate

    Lunches only no stay over


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

Choose Arrival Day to Begin Booking or Quote

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