2024 Intermediate Training

Additional Instructional Opportunities with WTC

Wilmington Trail Club offers additional whitewater training options through the Intermediate 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 is to offer varied opportunities, at affordable prices. Courses cover topics such as:  rolling in current, attainment clinic, surfing, and targeted skills development.  

For more information — Please refer to the Club’s Whitewater calendar, WTC Paddlers Facebook Event page or email to get connected directly with the instructor(s).

Whitewater Calendar: https://wilmingtontrailclub.org/about-paddling/unused/

Facebook Paddlers Page (Events): https://www.facebook.com/groups/wilmingtontrailclubpaddlers

or

Emailwtcintermediate@gmail.com

2024  Courses – Intermediate Paddlers Program

*PLEASE NOTE –Once registered, the instructor will email information prior to the start of the course.  All courses are water/weather dependent.

**WTC and ACA membership is required for all courses.

JUNE

Hoping to start the season with some fun time on the water?

There are four courses offered in June.  Several during the second weekend (June 8th and 9th) and Rolling in Current (June 15th).   Check them all out then mix and match what best suits your paddling progression.

 

June 8th – Back to the River Day 1 –  Land and River Scouting

-Instructor –Lois Hillman

Proposed section -Lehigh (Jim Thorpe to Weissport)

Enrollment limit: 5

Course Goals:  Is your goal to get back on the river? Are you hoping to build some confidence?  This course will focus on getting you back to the river and emphasize scouting as a way to grow your confidence and independence on the water.  We will be scouting Class 2 rapids and making a plan to reach a given point on the river.  We will begin by land scouting then transition those skills to river scouting. (Yes, we will be out of our boats and land scouting).  We will review strokes and maneuvers to enhance boat control and reach a determined destination.

Weather dependent gear is required.

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

Course Fee: $20 Course Fee: $20 (WTC and ACA membership required)

June 9th – Back to the River Day 2 –  Stroke Tune-Up

-Instructor – Susan Love

Proposed section – Lehigh tbd – (Glen Onoko to Weissport)

Enrollment limit: 5

Course Goals:  Start the day tuning up your strokes.  Then, after a review of the scouting skills practiced on June 8th put those strokes and moves into play as you plan your way down the rapids.  Emphasis will be on strokes, boat control and using river scouting to get to your destination.

Weather dependent gear is required.

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

Course Fee: $20 (WTC and ACA membership required)

 

June 9th  – Utilizing River Features

– Instructor – Josh Smith

River Location: Upper Lehigh (White Haven to Rockport)

Maximum of 4 students

Course Goals: Identifying and using river features to break down rapids.  Focus on catching eddies in the middle of the river and using slackwater and other river features to navigate across flow in a controlled manner.

Weather dependent gear is required.

*Prerequisite Skills: High level of comfort on the Upper Lehigh (or equivalent river, at the instructor’s discretion).  

Course Fee: $20 (WTC and ACA membership required)

  

 June 15th – Rolling In Current

-Instructor – Dave Sibley

Location: tbd

Enrollment limit: 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. WTC and ACA membership required.

Course Fee: $20 (WTC and ACA membership required)

JULY

Two more great opportunities to have some fun and polish up those skills!  Don’t miss them.  Easier Ways to Get on More Waves (July 20th) and Paddler’s Toolbox (July 27th)

July 20th – Work Smarter: Easier Ways to Get On More Waves

-Instructor – Jack Frankosky

River Location: Upper Lehigh (White Haven to Rockport)

Enrollment limit: 4 students

The day will focus on how to enter surfing waves. After a warm up paddle on a familiar section, there will be longer stops at favorite surfing waves between White Haven and Rockport – Section 1 on the Lehigh River.  

After assessing technique(s) for getting on, we will talk about what could make this happen more easily.  Hint: it is not always paddling harder.

The challenge will be to use boat angle, edge, paddle strokes and position to minimize effort to start surfing – and get to the fun part.

It’s likely to be a busy day on the Lehigh – we might choose an earlier or later start.

Weather dependent gear is required.

*Prerequisite Skills:  Participants should have a solid roll (or strong self-rescue skills) and good boat control.  High level of comfort on the Upper Lehigh (or equivalent river, at the instructor’s discretion). 

Course Fee: $20. WTC and ACA membership required.

 

July 27th – Paddler’s Toolbox

– Instructor – Jim Costello

River Location: Upper Lehigh (White Haven to Rockport)

Maximum of 4 students

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

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

Weather dependent gear is required.

*Prerequisite Skills:  Participants should have solid roll (or strong self-rescue skills) and good boat control.  High level of comfort on the Upper Lehigh (or equivalent river, at the instructor’s discretion). 

Course Fee: $20 (WTC and ACA membership required)

September

Don’t miss your last chance of the season!

September 21st  – Attainment Clinic

-Instructor – Susan Wentz

Proposed section – tbd  (Susquehanna River – Dauphin Narrows or Delaware River – Wing Dam) **This course is dependent upon river conditions and may be modified as needed to achieve optimal outcomes of the day.

Maximum of 5 students

Course Goals: Come on out for a day of river attainment.  You will learn to read water and learn the best way to pick you way up the rapid.  You will learn about different types of eddies and  how to use them.  This is a park and play area with surf spots and plenty of other things to do.  Spent 2-4 hours or more playing and learning to hone your river reading skills.  Group and/or individual instruction will be provide based on need.  Stay as long as you want to practice the skills you learn.  Low water is required for this course to make attainment easy for all size boats.

Weather dependent gear is required.

*Prerequisite Skills: Paddlers that participated in previous WTC WW training programs (or equivalent at instructor discretion). Reliable roll and/or solid self-rescue skills

Course Fee: $20. WTC and ACA membership required.