This course is designed to give students tools to travel down a moving river. The first day is on flat water and the second day is on moving water
It is most important that you not be late. The instructors and assistants have invested much time to prepare professional training for you. The class is disrupted if you arrive even a few minutes late. Please be respectful of others and always arrive on time.
When (not if), you flip over and wet exit, everything in your boat dumps into the water and sets its own course downstream. It is much easier for those assisting you if they do not need to chase your loose gear downriver. We suggest you use a plastic water bottle that can be attached to your boat using an inexpensive non-locking carabiner. Your other gear (lunch, keys, sunscreen, etc.) can be secured in large, double ziploc baggies or a dry bag.
Electronic devices are better left in your car. If you must bring them, they should be kept in special electronics dry bags or in two dry bags (one smaller bag that holds the electronics placed inside a larger bag). Remember, dry bags must fit behind your seat (where there is limited space) attached with a non-locking carabiner,
Again, it is important you arrive on time!
WTC can assist you with the core required equipment through our reasonably priced rental program. The charge is $25 per training weekend and includes a kayak, paddle, PFD, spray-skirt, air bags, and helmet. The standard process is listed below. Contact the equipment coordinator if this will not work for you.
Most students and instructors stay at the Canalside, a hostel-like facility in Lehighton, PA; however, you may choose to stay at any facility or campsite in the region. This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know the trainers, other club members, and your fellow students. We have found this to be a very opportune time for you to learn more about equipment, other paddling opportunities, how to get involved in the club, etc. Outdoor seating for several is provided at the Canalside, but you may want to bring an extra portable chair if you have one. Dinner will be provided Saturday night at Canalside between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm. This is the only meal provided by the club during the weekend. All other meals will be on your own and ad hoc with fellow paddlers. Because of varying drink tastes, we provide only water and tea. Feel free to bring your drink of choice, including alcoholic beverages, if desired.
A week before the training weekend, we will request input from all paddlers that will allow us to determine the sleeping accommodations at the facility. Fitting everyone into the facility usually requires people to share rooms and some to sleep on mats on the floors. Consider this more of a ‘roughing it’ weekend in which hopefully life-long friendships are established.
MOTELS: For motel or bed and breakfast lodging, please check VisitPA.com.