Beginning kayak at Meyers Pool 7900 Carr Dr., Arvada 1:00-3:00 PM or 3pm-5pm

For more info go to the website http://www.coloradowhitewater.org/

or contact Elizabeth Austen at eausten(at)live.com

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You MUST sign up on the Colorado White Water Association website in addition to signing up on this website.

COLORADO WHITE WATER ASSOCIATION is offering a variety of classes, meeting, parties, and trips.

It is necessary to join the COLORADO WHITE WATER ASSOCIATION to take a class. Individual memberships are $30 and households are $40.

COLORADO WHITE WATER ASSOCIATION Non-Profit Status. This Association shall operate as a non-profit organization. No salaries shall be paid to officers; all services rendered to the Association shall be on a volunteer basis.

Just Starting Out (Beginner) Kayaking Classes

Beginner classes provide instruction in a safe and comfortable pool environment. All classes are led by ACA-certified instructors. These classes are suitable for those who have never been in a kayak before. You will learn about boats, essential gear, basic paddle strokes, river safety, and we'll introduce you to the kayak roll.

Once you've learned the basics in the pool, you can join your instructors for a weekend of intensive instruction on flat and moving water, May 4 & 5.

Cost: $130 course fee plus pool admission for each pool session. Includes three 2-hour pool sessions, the flat-water/moving water weekend and rental equipment (boat, spray skirt, and paddle) for the three pool sessions.

  • pool Sessions on April 7, 21 & 28; Flat Water / Moving Water weekend on May 4 & 5.

Kayaking Classes

CW offers instruction open to all CW members in the following areas:

You may register for any class by finding it in the Events section.  If it is not listed then it is not currently being offered.

Our classes are taught by volunteer instructors, who are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). ACA certification is the national standard for professional kayak instructors. We charge a fee for each class, which is used to pay for expenses such as class costs, instructor certification fees, and liability insurance.

In addition to membership, the following is required to participate in CW classes:

  • 18 years old, or accompanied by an adult*.
  • Able to manage all personal care or be accompanied by a companion.
  • Able to get in and out of a kayak independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be comfortable in the water including: floating on back independently with a properly fitted PFD, turning from face down to face up independently while wearing a properly fitted PFD, and holding breath while under water.
  • Be able to maintain a balanced, upright position when seated in a kayak, with adaptations if needed.

* At pool sessions and on-river sessions held at one location on the river (i.e. play parks) adults may be present but not necessarily in kayaks.  For all on-river sessions where the group is moving down river, the adult must accompany in a kayak and have the requisite skills for the stretch of river being navigated.


2013 Instruction

Pool Sessions will be held at Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada (80th and Carr St. map), unless otherwise indicated.  There will be an $9 pool entry fee.

2013 Pool Schedule

Open Pool

Simply come to the pool to practice and tune up for the upcoming season on your own without instruction. The pool will be open for kayaking practice from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sundays, starting January 27, 2013 through May 5, 2013, except for February 17, March 31, and April 14, 2013.

Cost: $9 pool entry fee.


Just Starting Out (Beginner) Kayaking Classes

Beginner classes provide instruction in a safe and comfortable pool environment. All classes are led by ACA-certified instructors. These classes are suitable for those who have never been in a kayak before. You will learn about boats, essential gear, basic paddle strokes, river safety, and we'll introduce you to the kayak roll.

Once you've learned the basics in the pool, you can join your instructors for a weekend of intensive instruction on flat and moving water, May 4 & 5.

Cost: $130 course fee plus pool admission for each pool session. Includes three 2-hour pool sessions, the flat-water/moving water weekend and rental equipment (boat, spray skirt, and paddle) for the three pool sessions.

Session One Pool Sessions

 

1:00 - 3:00 pm April 7
April 21
April 28 Leslie Tyson
Jenny McCurdy   Session Three Pool Sessions

 

3:00 - 5:00 pm April 7
April 21
April 28 Elizabeth Austen
Sean Stevenson

Flat/Moving Water Weekend - May 4 & 5


Beginning Roll Classes

Never tried to roll a kayak before? Tried but just didn’t quite get it? Come learn the basic steps in mastering this essential white water kayaking skill. Learning to roll your boat upright will open the door to enjoying the rivers as opposed to being intimidated by them. Plus, learning in a safe and warm environment makes it all the more fun.

Cost: $35 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool.

We suggest you provide your own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt).
Boats, paddle and spray skirts will be available with request.


Roll Tune-Up Classes

This class is for kayakers who have learned and practiced the basics of the kayak roll, but would like help with technique and consistency.

Cost: $35 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool.

We suggest you provide your own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt).
Boats, paddle and spray skirts will be available with request.

Class One Pool Sessions

1:00 – 3:00 PM April 21 Steve Dougherty
Class Two Pool Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 PM April 21

Steve Dougherty


Hands Roll Classes

So you’ve been told that you don’t need that paddle in order to roll. You’ve seen it done. You know that someday you’ll find yourself upside down without your trusty paddle. Come learn the secret (they say there isn’t one) to the no-paddle or hands roll.

Cost: $35 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool.

We suggest you provide your own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt).
Boats, paddle and spray skirts will be available with request.

Class One Pool Sessions

1:00 – 3:00 PM March 3 Steve Dougherty


Stroke Tune-Up Class

This class is for kayakers with at least one season of experience on moving water. We will review strokes and techniques for more advanced paddling this season.

Cost: $35 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool.

We suggest you provide your own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt).
Boats, paddle and spray skirts will be available with request.

Class One Pool Sessions

1:00 – 3:00 PM April 28 Dick Alweis Class Two Pool Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 PM April 28 Dick Alweis


Flatwater Fundamentals with Stephen Wright

Renowned kayaker Stephen Wright will teach you fundamental playboating skills and share tips and tricks in this 2 hour pool session.

In our Freestyle Fundamentals classes, we will focus on the skills that will help kayakers of all levels learn to move their boats in every direction. These clinics are really fun and will not only work on specific freestyle skills, but will give students a pathway to improve the movements that make EVERY freestyle trick happen. This way they can build the strength and skills necessary to learn any trick much more quickly This will also be a great work-out--you will be sore after! These are also many of the same drills that I (and many of the other best kayakers in the world) use as a part of our daily warm-up and practice routine.

Class One Pool Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 PM Feb 24 Stephen Wright   Class Two Pool Sessions

3:00 – 5:00 PM March 3 Stephen Wright


Cost: $35 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool.

We suggest you provide your own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt).
Boats, paddle and spray skirts will be available with request.


Playboating for a solid roll

Playing in holes on the river is one of the best ways to improve your roll.  This class is for kayakers who would like to improve their roll by playing in holes. Basic playboating skills will be learned, but the emphasis will be on rolling.  After practicing your roll and learning some playboating basics in the pool, participants will get a chance to take these skills into a hole at the play park.

Cost: $65 course fee plus pool admission. Includes one 2-hour session in the pool and one session on moving water.

Participants should have their own equipment (playboat, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, PFD, etc.).

Class One Pool Sessions

1:00 – 3:00 PM May 5

Peter Holcombe
Robert Baca

Moving water session will be scheduled with the class at the pool session


Playboating Skills Clinics

These one hour clinics are for kayakers with dependable rolls who would like to begin to learn or improve their playboating skills in the pool. Each session is limited to 1-3 participants for individualized attention.  Contact Bart Pinkham to arrange a date/time for your clinic, and then register in the events section using the registration code that Bart provides.

Cost: $20 course fee (one hour) plus pool admission.

Participants should have their own equipment (playboat, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, PFD, etc.).

Class One Pool Sessions

Instructors

- - Bart Pinkham


Youth Kayaking Class

This class is intended for youth, 8-18 years of age and will provide a progression of entry-level skills instruction in the pool throughout the 8 class sessions. All 8 sessions are required.  This class is suitable for youth who have been introduced to kayaking and would like more in-depth instruction.  You will learn about boats, essential gear, basic paddle strokes, river safety, and we'll introduce you to the kayak roll. The focus will be on safe boating and FUN! Participants will need parental approval. Equipment will be available. The cost for the course is $80 for all eight sessions, plus the $9 pool entry fee.

NOTE: Individual classes are on the following dates/times- READ THIS SCHEDULE CAREFULLY AS THE TIMES CHANGE FOR CERTAIN DATES!!

4/07/2013: 1-3pm !

4/28/2013: 3-5pm !

5/05/2013: 3-5pm



Instructor’s Corner

CW instructors will be available to help you one-on-one with a skill you may want to develop or improve. Look for a white board at the pool entrance with information on available instructors. Put your name on the board and what boat you are in and the instructor will find you. No cost, but you must provide your own boat, paddle, and spray skirt and be a CW member.



Precision Boating / Advanced Whitewater Class

So you have run Brown’s Canyon for the 50th time, and you want to move up to the Numbers, but you are not sure that you have the skill or confidence to execute the moves in order to safely navigate class IV whitewater. Or perhaps you have been dreaming of that southern hemisphere vacation over the winter, but hesitate to jump into class IV whitewater where portages are difficult and an early exit from the river means a two day jungle tramping nightmare.

This class is designed to teach you skills required for class IV boating and give you the experience to execute them with confidence. You will learn:

  • How to effectively catch eddies and use them to control your progress down a rapid and boat scout.
  • How to read the river not just for “The Line” in a rapid, but to find eddies and break down a difficult rapid into a series of easier moves.
  • Basic slalom kayak skills and how to apply them to running whitewater.
  • Basic playboating skills and how to apply them to running whitewater.
  • Advanced paddling skills to help you catch eddies, use the current to your advantage and avoid obstacles.
  • Eddy-quete; how to safely paddle difficult whitewater in a group.

Intructors: Mark Robbins, Matt Rensel, Tim Bliss

Advanced Boating Class Schedule 3:00 – 5:00 PM April 14 Meyers Pool  Mandatory pool session and roll test. 6:00 –
9:00 PM May ? Golden Playpark introductions, playboating 6:00 – 9:00 PM May ? Golden Playpark slalom gate practice all day TBD TBD river day:
review and practice skills - class III run all day TBD TBD river day:
class III/IV run Moving water session will be scheduled with the class at the pool session

Prerequisites:

  • Basic river rescue class
  • River roll
  • At least one season of solid class III boating experience

Cost: $180 course fee plus pool admission.

Participants should have their own equipment (boat, paddle, spray skirt, helmet, PFD, etc.).

 

Rafting 101

So you want to learn how to raft?  This class will get you started off in style.  Even if you don't own a raft it is important to learn the basics of boat care and rigging so that when you join a trip you can lend a hand without fear of damaging your friend's expensive boat.  You will also learn terminology- from bow to stern and the thwarts in between.  After the lecture and rigging a raft you are ready for the fun part- flipping it!  We will spend two hours in the pool with a rigged raft learning how to turn it back upright quickly and efficiently after a flip.  This is a great class for kayakers and beginning rafters alike- sign up today!

Sunday, May 5; 12:30pm at Meyers Pool

 

For more info go to the website http://www.coloradowhitewater.org/

or contact Elizabeth Austen at eausten(at)live.com

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  • Da-Vi'do

    Will have to make it another time.

    April 6, 2013

  • margaret l.

    will there be instruction?
    Thanks

    April 4, 2013

    • Da-Vi'do

      Yes, there will certified instructors for this and other classes. Elizabeth with be instructing the 2nd class.

      April 5, 2013

    • Elizabeth A.

      Hi Margaret, Yes, there are 2 ACA Certified instructors for the 1-3pm class and 2 for the 3-5 pm class. let me know if you have any questions! you can call me at[masked] if that's easier. Elizabeth

      April 6, 2013

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