What is my level of canoeing?

When you register at the OCF, you will have to indicate your level of practice: beginner, intermediate or advanced. It is not that simple. Read this article carefully before registering.

The OCF’s team of instructors counts 30 coaches, including some of the best specialists in Europe. They all know that OCF participants have difficulty qualifying their technical level. Very few participants consider themselves to be beginners, when in fact they are! This can result in groups with very different technical levels, which we want to avoid.

Therefore, to determine your level, we invite you to ask yourself the following questions which are valid for all types of boats (tandem or solo canoes, inflatables, kayaks, packrafts…):

Level 3/ Advanced:

Level 2/ Intermediate:

Level 1/ Beginner:

New sponsor : Réhaume canoes.

More than canoes: masterpieces! The Quebec brand Réhaume chooses the Open Canoe Festival to make itself known in Europe.

They come from the country where they are called “canots”, not “canoes”: Quebec / Canada. Their story begins in the 1980s when professional cabinet maker Alain Rhéaume turned his wood working skills towards the art of canoe building. Since that first canoe model, the product line has grown to include over 20 canoes, several display canoes and canoe bookcases.

Almost every part on the boats and bookcases are handcrafted. The lacing for their rawhide seats, the hand caning and steam bent parts are all made at their factory in Saint-Tite, Québec.

On the composite side, Réhaume has several very high-end models that stand out for their level of finish, but also for their weight. Imagine: the carbon version of their Explorer 16′ weighs less than 17 kg!

All models are available in several levels of finish, sometimes subtly mixing wood and composite materials. The most “high-tech” models will appeal to those who are looking for the perfect glide and the canoe of their dreams that can be carried by one person because it is so light.

Don’t hesitate to contact them to order the canoe of your dreams and follow the latest news of their arrival in Europe.

OCF 2023: April 28 to May 1st.

The OCF is back in 2023 and this time we’re going to repaint everything!

After celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022, Europe’s largest festival dedicated to canoeing and its culture is back for an eleventh edition that will change a lot of things!

What does not change is the atmosphere, the richness of the workshops, the best instructors in Europe, the big prize lottery, the good food, the concert… The only thing that is not guaranteed is the weather… and even there, we are working on it!

Registration opens in February 2023. But make sure to book your weekend: from April 28th to May 1st 2023!

Partners wanted!

7 levels of partnership offers to take advantage of the OCF.

From the primary sponsor to the prize suppliers, we offer 7 levels of partnerships giving sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to take advantage of the visibility and exposure of the Open Canoe Festival:

    •    Level 1: Primary sponsor.
    •    Level 2: Official partners  (partners / media).
    •    Level 3: Official suppliers.
    •    Level 4: Workshop sponsors.
    •    Level 5: Exhibitors.
    •    Level 6: OCF Supporters.
    •    Level 7: Prize suppliers.

Since 2010, many brands and companies have been trusting us: Pentax Europe, Teva, Esquif, Old Town, Tentipi, NRS…

Do not hesitate to contact us to receive our partnership offers!

The kids Festival.

We take care of your kids while you’re paddling!

During the 3 days of the Festival, a qualified and bilingual animator will take care of the children from 6 to 12 years old. Treasure hunt, land art, games, some workshops for adults… A lot of fun in the superb setting of Gervanne Camping, while the parents paddle on the river with peace of mind.

Activities programme for children between 6 and 12 years old.

This programme is indicative and may be subject to change.

(Snacks are provided).

Saturday morning: 9am to 12pm

Saturday afternoon: 1.30 p.m/2 p.m to 5 p.m.

Sunday 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (attention: bring a picnic!)

Monday morning: 9.30 am to 12.

Meeting point is at the entrance of the Teepee.
Please bring your children: cap, water, sun cream, sunglasses…

For further information, please contact Gervanne Camping.