Volunteers Needed

Join us as a volunteer and help support this event and our amazing river! We are looking for lots of helping hands to make the day a success in a safe and fun environment for everyone.

We are looking for volunteers in the following areas:

  • NLS-certified lifeguards
  • Set up / Teardown
  • First Aid attendants
  • Food and refreshments
  • Check In and Timing
  • Shuttle attendants
  • MC
  • Parking / Wayfinding
  • Awards and Prizes

Paddlers Needed

(kayakers, canoeists, stand-up paddle boards)

Escort paddlers are an integral part of making this event a success. As a paddler, you'll ensure our swimmers complete the race safely, all while having fun on the river! Paddlers are also participants, and we encourage you to fundraise in support of the Ottawa River. There are great prizes for the top fundraisers!

Every paddler must bring a whistle and wear a life jacket. Please also bring any extra life jackets, ropes or safety devices you are willing to spare during the event.

If you have a motor boat or sail boat and are willing to help, we need some powered boat and stationary support as well.

NOT A SWIMMER BUT WANT TO SUPPORT OTTAWA RIVERKEEPER AND HELP PROTECT AND PROMOTE THE HEALTH OF THE OTTAWA RIVER? You can make a donation here to support the cause or pledge an athlete directly!