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Additional Training

Wilmington Trail Club offers additional whitewater training options through the Intermediate and Advanced paddlers' program. These courses are organized and taught by WTC - ACA certified instructors. The content of the courses varies from season to season so check back to stay current with new postings. The overall goal of this program is to offer these courses at affordable prices to encourage paddlers to take a variety of course offerings. Courses include: skills development courses, learning how to roll in current, coached river trips geared to the advanced beginners, intermediate and advanced paddler, and playboating options. A variety of safety classes will also be offered in different area locations.  Additionally, as part of this program we will periodically sponsor courses from outside providers on topics such as swift water rescue and wilderness first aid.

** For more information -- Please refer to the WTC trip calendar, Forums, and Facebook for listings of course offerings.

2019 Courses – Intermediate/Advanced Paddlers’ Program

 

**Please note – Instructors will post more specific information on each course as the dates draw near.

 

May 4th – Building Your Skills as a Training Helper/Assistant

Lehigh River - Glen Onoko – Instructor – Denise Hackman

Number of Students will be determined by instructor at the time of sign up.

This course is designed to prepare paddlers that are assisting with WW training classes (novice and intermediate/advanced program courses)

This training includes learning how to work with the lead instructor to safely guide students during whitewater training courses. We will be practicing how to get students geared up, warmed up, and set up practicing all the skills needed to successfully support the students on the river.

Prerequisite Skills: Prerequisite Skills: Previous experience as a whitewater training assistant or instructor, attendance at a previous whitewater training assistant pool or river session, or permission of the instructor (if you are interested in the class, but have not fulfilled the prerequisite skills, please contact the instructor).  Experience with on-water rescues, knowledge of the ACA whitewater training curriculum, and familiarity with the WTC whitewater training program are helpful.

Course Fee: no course fees apply

 

May 11th– Intermediate Paddlers’ – Coached River Trip

Lehigh – White Haven to Rockport - Instructors – Jim Costello and Jack Lewnard

Maximum of 5 students 

Get the season off to a start, refreshing and honing those skills

This will be the season opener with a coached river trip geared to the Intermediate paddler; Come ready to practice and try out some new skills

Weather dependent gear is required

Prerequisite Skills: Very comfortable on the Upper Lehigh

Course Fee: $20

 

May 19th– Getting Back to the River (advanced beginners’ refresher)

Location will be weather/river level dependent- Octoraro or Lehigh (Jim Thorpe to Dunbar)

Maximum of 5 students - Instructor – Lois Hillman

A warm-up/refresher for those who participated in 2018, or previous, WTC WW training programs.

This will be a refresher and continuation of instruction with guided practice to help get you back on the river in 2019.

Weather dependent gear is required

Prerequisite Skills: Completed at least two weekends of the WTC WW training program.

Course Fee: $20

 

June 8th- Getting Back to the River (advanced beginners’ refresher)

Location will be weather/river level dependent- Octoraro or Lehigh (Glen Onoko to JT)

Maximum of 5 students – Instructor – Jack Lewnard

A warm-up/refresher for those who participated in 2018, or previous, WTC WW training programs.

This will be a refresher and continuation of instruction with guided practice to help get you back on the river in 2019.

Prerequisite Skills: Completed at least two weekends of the WTC WW training program. If Lehigh is the venue, students must have completed this section of river in training.

Course Fee: $20

 

June 9th– Kayaking: Beyond the Basics – Tuning Up Your Roll in Current and Coached River Trip

Location: Lehigh – Glen Onoko to Jim Thorpe - Instructor – Ross Northrop

This coached river trip will focus on tuning up your roll in current. The day will begin at Glen Onoko where we will work on developing your underwater comfort and fine tuning your roll in calm water.

Moving into the current, you’ll have multiple opportunities to practice those skills in a controlled setting. All drills will be challenge by choice.

This practice session will be followed by a coached river trip to Jim Thorpe. Selected sections will be chosen to allow for additional opportunities to continue to practice your roll in current.

Class Topics:

·Developing underwater comfort

·Controlled practice for rolling in current

·Coached practice using river features, eddies, current

Prerequisite Skills: Participants should have solid boat control and the ability to roll a kayak in a pool. High level of comfort on the Glen Onoko to Jim Thorpe section. Must have weather dependent gear.

For information contact – Ross:  rbnorthrop@yahoo.com

Course Fees: $20

 

June 15th– Rolling In Current

Delaware River - Scudders’ – Instructor – Dave Sibley

5 students; 1 instructor 10:2 with qualified assistance/safety boater

Rolling on a river can be harder than in a pool for various reasons, but it can sometimes be easier. We will look at rolling in a way that uses the current to our advantage. The venue will have good eddy service and easy assisted recovery. We plan to have enough support so that no one will need to pull the cord! Remember that repeated rolls will let in more water than the occasional roll, so latex gaskets are recommended.

Prerequisite Skills: Reliable pool roll

Course Fee: $20

 

June 16th– Safety Program – Level 2 or 3 Rescue Class

Location – tbd - Instructor – Susan Wentz

Number of students: tbd

Details of this class will be provided in the upcoming months

Prerequisite Skills: will be provided

Course Fees: $20/course and $10 equipment fee (some student materials provided)

 

June 21st– Skills’ Builder

Lehigh River - Dunbar – afternoon – Instructor – Tim Schaftstall

4 students per instructor

Extra practice for 2019 whitewater students (and others who wish to participate) on basic, essential maneuvers of eddying out, ferrying, and S-turns.

Prerequisite Skills: Attended at least one WW training weekend

Course Fee: Open to all participants (students, instructors, helpers, staff) of 2019 WTC whitewater training.  Cost:  Free to ACA members, $5 for non-ACA members

 

June 29thand 30th – Safety Program – Swiftwater Rescue Class

Location – tbd - Instructor – Susan Wentz 

Number of students: tbd

Details of this class will be provided in the upcoming months

Prerequisite Skills: will be provided

Course Fees: $20/course and $10 equipment fee (some student materials provided)  

 

July 19th – Skills’ Builder

Lehigh River - Dunbar – afternoon – Instructor – Tim Schafstall

4 students per instructor

Extra practice for 2019 whitewater students (and others who wish to participate) on basic, essential maneuvers of eddying out, ferrying, and S-turns.

Prerequisite Skills: Attended at least one WW training weekend

Course Fee: Open to all participants (students, instructors, helpers, staff) of 2019 WTC whitewater training.  Cost:  Free to ACA members, $5 for non-ACA members

 

August 3rd– Post-Novice 2019 Graduates – Coached River Run

Lehigh River - White Haven to Rockport – Instructor – Jim Costello 

3-5 students

WTC WW Novice training - Continuation Course

We will run Lehigh section you ran on the last day of novice training. This will be a continuation of instruction and guidance for more practice and refinement of river running skills.

Must have completed this section of river during training weekend

Prerequisite Skills: Completion the WTC 3 weekend training or by instructor permission

Course Fee: $20

 

August 12th-16th– Master the Lower Yough

Youghiogheny River – Lower Section – Instructors – Dave Sibley and Jim Costello

Maximum of 10 students

5 day course designed as a way for people to gain confidence on the Lower Yough.

Prerequisite skills: High comfort level on the Upper Lehigh; Instructor approval

Course Fees: proposed $60 *final fees tbd

 

August 25th– Post-Novice 2019 Graduates and Advanced Beginners Workshop

Lehigh River – Glen Onoko – Followed by a coached river run to Jim Thorpe

Instructor – Lois Hillman

4 students per instructor

Workshop: 2019 whitewater graduates and advanced beginner paddlers. Essential skill development with instructor feedback and support. Module learning designed to hone and develop basic, essential skills including boat control, edge control, strokes, entering/exiting eddys, ferrying, moving across current and self-rescue. Practice in a location where you are able to repeat the moves to build consistency then practice implementing them on the run from the Glen to JT.

Prerequisite Skills: Completed at least two weeks of the WTC WW training program. Students must have completed this section of river in training.

Course Fee: $20

 

August (*) – Intermediate Paddlers’ Course  

TBA – Instructor – Jack Lewnard 

Maximum of 5 students·Content – tbd  Course Fee: $20