WTC Kayak

Wilmington Trail Club

The whitewater training program is designed as a four course progression that takes the kayaker from paddling on still water, to paddling on moving water, to paddling on whitewater. Whitewater kayaks are suitable for this training. All courses must be taken in order; however, you may choose to discontinue training at any point.


Training Registration


Required Safety Session

    • This course is completed with the recreational group and is designed to provide students a general overview of the two disciplines of kayaking and to train them how to safely execute a kayak wet exit. The student will also be asked to demonstrate an ability to swim by completing one length of the pool. Any student unable to make this session must coordinate with the club to complete the required safety training at a Sunday morning pool session or via another option.
    • Date, time and location provided here.
Curriculum I

    • 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
    • Date, time and location provided here.
Curriculum II

    • The prerequisite is the completion of Essentials of River Kayaking. In this course, the current will be faster moving water. The course will build on the tools presented in the Essentials of River Kayaking course. You will spend both days on moving water.
    • Date, time and location provided here.
Curriculum III

    • The prerequisite is the completion of River Kayaking. This course emphasizes additional skill acquisition for paddling on fast moving water and/or whitewater.
    • Date, time and location provided here.

In addition to the training programs listed above, we provide graduates follow-up with club paddling trips that give you a chance to safely practice your newly learned skills under the supervision of WTC experienced paddlers. Paddling trips are maintained on the WTC paddling calendar.

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