The mission behind the Whitewater Riders is to build positive, skilled, and ethical leaders in our whitewater community. Based on this belief, Whitewater Riders was founded in 2013 by Katrina Van Wijk, teaching technical skills, outdoor education, team dynamics and safety. Katrina has inspired youth from around the world to further their knowledge and the chance to follow in her footsteps taking their paddling skills to the next level.
Ages: 13 to 17
Dates: July 31-August 11, 2017
Includes: 12 days of paddling and rescue instruction, multi-
Does not include: Kayak & Gear rental, River Access Fee
Kayak rentals: $20/day for either Slalom, Creek, or Freestyle boats. Please let us know if bringing any of your own boats & gear
Starting off at MKC on the Madawaska River, the Riders spend the entire first day focusing on river rescue and team dynamics that will be practiced throughout the camp, starting on dry land, moving to swimming and then into boats. Day two will see us on the Gull River, a step up from the Madawaska with more defined eddies and ledges to practise boofing and eddy hopping in creek boats. Back at MKC the next few days will be spent in slalom boats, focusing on technique and precise boat placement. Combining the skills learned to date the Riders head to the Upper Petawawa for steeper ledges and chutes in their creek boats.
The weekend is spent on a 3–day canoe trip learning essential skills for surviving in the wilderness; trip preperation, basic canoe rescue, outdoor cooking and remote trip dynamics. The last week is spent on the big waves of the Ottawa River playing and establishing controlled freestyle tricks.
NEW Riders Programs!
BC EXPEDITION July 10-21, 2017 (for Teens), July 24-28 (for Adults) – expedition kayaking in big volume, glacier-fed rivers will require stronger paddling skills