Wilmington Trail Club Sunday Kayak Pool Sessions

Besides our current kayakers who attend the sessions to practice their rolls, the sessions are also held to introduce individuals to the sport of kayaking. Some people just come and watch; others come and try out a boat and others want to learn the fun activity of "rolling" a kayak from an upside down position to an upright position!

The sessions are held every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. from November to approximately March or April.

You can just show up if you have your own equipment or if you need to borrow a boat contact one of the three pool session coordinators listed under boats/equipment.

We look forward to continuing our upcoming pool sessions at the Western Family YMCA indoor pool. Entrance to the indoor pool is through side gate behind the main building that also leads to the outdoor pools. The Y is located at 2600 Kirkwood Highway, Newark, DE 19711

Pool sessions this year are each Sunday from 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please have all boats completely out of the pool area before 1:00pm.

Boats / Equipment
Please make sure your boat is clean / free of debris and airbags removed before putting it in the pool. Helmets and PFD's must be worn when in the pool. Some club boats and equipment will be available. Please contact the pool session coordinators for availability.

If you have any questions or need additional information about the pool sessions or equipment, please feel free to contact the following pool session coordinators:

[masked] (Lois)
[masked] (Mel) and/or
[masked] (Jim)

Membership Requirements / Fees
To support our club and reduce insurance paperwork, the Paddling Board has decided to require attendees to be members of both ACA and WTC. Participants are encouraged to join the American Canoe Club (ACA) and the Wilmington Trail Club (WTC) before the first pool session (see Membership Tips below). Non-members are allowed to attend two pool sessions without membership in these organizations but must pay associated fees -- on the third session, participants will be required to join both organizations unless they are YMCA of Delaware members*.

*YMCA members are not required to join either organization to participate in pool sessions, but must pay $5 per session for insurance fees if they choose not to join the ACA.

Below are the weekly fees based on each membership scenario:
Per Session Fees
Full YMCA Members with ACA membership: $0
Full YMCA Members without ACA membership: $5
WTC Members with ACA membership: $5
WTC Members without ACA membership: $10
Non-YMCA / Non-WTC Members with ACA membership: $10
Non-YMCA / Non-WTC Members without ACA membership: $15

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  • Ginsey

    I enjoyed learning more about kayaking.

    January 13, 2014

  • Rochelle

    Too hot temperature wise for me.

    January 12, 2014

    • Janice

      Sorry you didn't get in the water...standing on deck with clothes on is hot.

      January 12, 2014

  • Ginsey

    Janice, I enjoyed learning more about kayaking and look forward to kayaking in the pool next Sunday.

    January 12, 2014

  • Rochelle

    Hi Donna and Ginsey. I am a member of the Trail Club and trying to figure out if the Boomers would be a good fit for me. I am going to the kayak session tomorrow. I am looking forward to meeting you.

    January 11, 2014

    • Ginsey

      Hi Rochelle. Thanks for the note. I look forward to meeting you as well.

      January 11, 2014

  • Ginsey

    Hi Donna, No you don't need to be a Y member. You pay according to the fee schedule listed above.

    January 10, 2014

    • Ginsey

      Hey Janice. Yes, I am going. I already knew about it since I am a member of the Trail Club. See you there.

      January 11, 2014

    • Janice


      January 11, 2014

  • Donna P

    Do you have to be a member of the Y to attend this meetup?

    January 9, 2014

    • Janice

      Not if you just want to try it the first time but I see you are not going now. It is held every Sunday. I may only post once a month on Boomers.

      January 11, 2014

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