Curriculum I

This course is designed to give students tools to travel down a moving river. The first day is on flat water at Lums Pond and the second day is on moving water at a location to be determined.Dates and times are provided here.

Saturday (Day 1)

Location: Meet at the Lums Pond State Park (exact location and directions will be provided) by 9:00.  Note:  An entrance fee is required to access the park.

Duration: Approximately 6 hours.

What to bring:

Required: Kayak, paddle, spray skirt, PFD, helmet, air bags, water shoes, nose plugs, water bottle, lunch, towel, dry clothes, double ziploc baggies or dry bag to keep food and other items dry.

Bring a lunch, snacks, and plenty of fluids with you for the river. You will store these items in your boat, so space is a consideration. You will need a “take-out” bag with 2 sets of dry gear (a towel and dry clothes to change into) one for before lunch and one for after the paddling day. There are restrooms available for changing.

Highly recommended: Sunscreen.

Optional: Sunglasses (with strap), additional clothing, carabiners, extra dry bag.

Sunday (Day 2)

Location: A local stream (to be determined).  A shuttle will be required to relocate cars to the take-out. Shuttle arrangements will be made by your instructors and they will provide details on Sunday morning.

Duration: Approximately 8 hours.

What to bring:

Required: Kayak, paddle, spray-skirt, PFD, helmet, air bags, water shoes, water bottle, lunch, towel, dry clothes, double ziploc baggies or dry bag to keep food and other items dry.

You will need a “take-out” bag with a towel and dry clothes to change into after the paddling day.  This bag may end up stored in someone else’s car at the take-out so be sure you have everything you need at the take-out.

You may want to bring an extra towel (or changing robe) to use while changing.  There may not be changing facilities at the take-out.

Highly recommended: Sunscreen, nose clips.

Optional: Sunglasses (with strap), additional clothing layers, carabiners, dry bag

Suggestions to make the paddling weekend go smoother

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 you flip and wet exit, unsecured items in your boat dump into the water and set 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!

Equipment Rental

WTC can assist you with the core required equipment through our reasonably priced rental program. The charge is $30 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.

Once enrolled in training, the club equipment coordinator will contact you about gear and the training coordinator will contact you to coordinate the rental fees.

You will be asked to provide your height, weight, and possibly other information to enable selection of equipment that best fits you.

You will then be requested to go to our equipment storage location near Newark, DE to verify fit. You can transport equipment on your vehicle or choose to have WTC transport the equipment for you for $5.

You may keep the equipment for the number of weekends of training for which you are enrolled. You may keep and use the rental equipment on sanctioned WTC trips between classes.

Upon completing your final course, the equipment should be returned to WTC and the equipment coordinator will return your deposit.

If you choose to use your own equipment, the type and condition of the equipment must be verified with the whitewater lead instructor at least 2 weeks prior to your first training date.

Graduates of the WTC training program may rent equipment for any sanctioned WTC kayaking trip or suitable Intermediate/Advanced program classes for a nominal fee.  Contact the training coordinator for additional information or to arrange rentals.