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4/12/2018 12:50 PM

 Spring is finally here (maybe?) and, for many, our minds are wandering to beautiful days spent with friends on the water. Whether your desire is flat water paddling on the streams, slow-moving rivers, and bays of the area, or the exciting rapids offered by whitewater, the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC) has a training program to get your skills where they need to be to reach (or maybe exceed) your kayaking goals.


If you have never been in a boat (or even if you have already kayaked some), the recreational training will provide refinements to your strokes and boat handling that will enhance your kayaking experience, allowing you to paddle farther, longer, safer, and more efficiently.


If you are new to kayaking, or have kayaked flat water and want to expand your skill set to include whitewater, the three weekend whitewater progression can provide the skills required to safely kayak whitewater up to Class III. And, although the three weekend progression is structured such that each weekend builds upon skills learned in the previous weekend, you do not need to sign up for all three weekends. Sign up only for the first weekend and you’ll have the skills to kayak moving water. Sign up for the first two weekends and you’ll have the skills to kayak whitewater up to Class II. You can sign up for the first weekend and see how you like it. We suspect you’ll like it so much you won’t be able wait for weekend 2.


If you think whitewater might be more excitement than you want, remember that we structure our whitewater classes such that you can progress at the level you choose. We let the student choose whether they would like a more relaxed class, a medium class, or a more adventurous class. And all classes are conducted in a safe and structured environment with ample support and a low instructor/student ratio.


If you have a conflict with a weekend, we may be able to accommodate your needs. Feel free to contact the training coordinator (Karen Himmelstein) or the lead instructor (Tim Schafstall) to discuss available options. If you wanted to take the recreational training, but can’t make the weekend of 19-20 May, the first weekend of whitewater training will provide the same skill set, with maybe a tad more excitement, and allow you to learn basic kayaking skills in a safe and structured moving-water environment.


In addition to training, the WTC kayaking section sponsors numerous trips for all training graduates of all levels after the training session, so you’ll have ample opportunities to practice your new skills.


Registration is now open at


Listed below are the important dates for the WTC kayaking training programs. We hope to see you on

the water!


6 May 2018 - Registration ends for recreational training and whitewater weekend I.

8 May 2018 - Safety session at McKean High School (recreational and whitewater).

19-20 May 2018 - Recreational training

2-4 June 2018 - Whitewater training, weekend I (Essentials of Whitewater Kayaking)

23-24 June 2018 - Whitewater training, weekend II (River Kayaking)

21-22 July 2018 - Whitewater training, weekend III (Whitewater Kayaking)


Contact information:

Recreational Training - Wes Young (

                                    Louise Young (

Whitewater Training - Training coordinator: Karen Himmelstein (

Whitewater Lead Instructor -Tim Schafstall (

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