2021 Intermediate Advanced Training

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.

2021  Courses – Intermediate/Advanced Paddlers’ Program

*PLEASE NOTE –The instructor will post additional course/contact information as the course approaches.  All courses are water/weather dependent.

**If you are not an ACA member, an additional ACA event waiver fee ($10) will apply to all courses.

JUNE

June 5th – Low-Flow Fun

Proposed section – Lehigh (Whitehaven to Rockport)

Number of students – 3-5 – Instructor – Denise Hackman

Course Goals: This class will include work on river reading skills in a more technical setting, reading water as the flow becomes more channelized and becoming acquainted with more rocks.

Focus: Reading water, using river feature, technical paddling in a low-flow environment, boat control

Weather dependent gear is required

*Prerequisite Skills: Paddlers should be comfortable in Class 2/2+ water; have a roll and/or competent self-rescue skills

Course Fee: $20

June 12th – Getting Back to the River

Proposed section -Lehigh (Glen Onoko to Weissport)

Maximum of 5 students – Instructor –Matt Himmelstein

Course Goals: Refresher one-day trip for paddlers.  Goal is to be comfortable with Class 2 water.  Focus on basic strokes, boat control, reading Class 2 rapids, eddy entrance/exits, and ferrying.  Improve or regain comfort level in Class 2 water.

Weather dependent gear is required

*Prerequisite Skills: Paddlers that participated in previous WTC WW training programs.(or equivalent at instructor discretion).

Course Fee: $20

June 26th – Paddler’s Toolbox

Proposed section – Lehigh River (Whitehaven to Rockport)

Maximum of 5 students – Instructor – Jim Costello

Course Goals: We will work on using the water to aid our paddling. We will work on attainment moves and our eddy and ferrying skills

Focus on: Reading water, paddle strokes, attainments, ferrying, eddying in/out

Weather dependent gear is required

*Prerequisite skills: Solid roll and/or self-rescue skills

Registration deadline: June 18th

Course Fee: $20

JULY

July 10th Getting Back to the River

Proposed section -Lehigh (Glen Onoko to Weissport)

Maximum of 5 students – Instructor –Jack Lewnard

Course Goals: Refresher one-day trip for paddlers.  Goal is to be comfortable with Class 2 water.  Focus on basic strokes, boat control, reading Class 2 rapids, eddy entrance/exits, and ferrying.  Improve or regain comfort level in Class 2 water.

Weather dependent gear is required

*Prerequisite Skills: Paddlers that participated in previous WTC WW training programs.(or equivalent at instructor discretion).

Deadline for registration is Wednesday, July 7.

Course Fee: $20

July 10th/11th  – Returning to Whitewater Kayaking

Lehigh River – Sections to be determined

Maximum of 4 students per Instructor – Lead instructor – Dave Sibley

This 2-day class is intended for students who have had whitewater training and want to dust off their skills and build more. The overall goal is to build confidence and have fun on class 2-3 water.

Weather dependent gear is required

*Prerequisite Skills: Completion of WTC Novice/Beginner program (or equivalent at instructor discretion) Please provide the name of your most recent instructor, and the status of your roll, if any.

Lodging and food on your own.

Course Fee: $40