Get ready for big water paddling by training on the the Potomac! The end of the summer is just the beginning of the season for intermediate and advanced kayakers. With heavy emphasis on play boating technique, we will put you in every circumstance to get ready for class III and IV whitewater. You will, for sure, test your roll and get the feel of paddling through strong, turbulent whitewater. Fall Training consists of 4 weeknight clinics and 4 Saturday workout sessions.
You choose a weeknight- Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Featuring guest instructors, these weeknight clinics will challenge you philosophically, by asking you to think about how water and boat interact, physically, by putting you in big holes, and mentally, by pushing your comfort zone. Instructors this year may be Bobby Miller, New Zealand boaters Rhys Elliot and Rhys Jensen-Jones, Steve-O McKone, and Tom McEwan. Weeknight classes are 5:30 – 7:30 pm, location will be determined based on river level and what the instructor’s lesson plan. Students will be notified of location through email.
Saturdays are work-out style, the whole Fall Training group practicing skills and training for fitness.
Participants who qualify will be invited on a free weekend trip to the Gauley. You may drive to Summersville, WV Friday night or Saturday morning. The whole group will run the Lower together on Saturday. After a fun day on the river, we will get dinner in town and break into two groups for the following day. Those who are ready will be invited to run the Upper Gauley, others can have redemption or a chance for more play on the Lower. Sunday we will have breakfast in camp and head out to the river, planning to take out mid afternoon and head back home. 2019 trip dates are:
Please register for the weeknight you wish to attend practice, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with the Gauley weekend you wish to go. Participants should have a play boat for weeknight classes.