Post by Charlie Redington on Mar 3, 2014 19:42:45 GMT -5
Intermediate Clinic May 17 / 18th
We have dates place and time, got one applicant and room for 5 more. Looking forward to a fun day on the water working with participants wanting to up their game a bit more. I had been on many club trips prier to taking the intermediate clinic and had a lot of fun. But the clinic with Chuck and Nancy was the first time I stopped and worked the river, catching eddies and side surfing (on purpose), and just taking our time picking apart features along the way. We spent 4-5 hours on just a couple miles of river. It was one of those Bestest Days on the water.
It is my goal to offer the same kind of Bestest Day to my fellow paddlers, With Chuck and Nancy’s help of course and Matt Thompson running as safety boater. Thanks Gang! It should be a fun; exhausting 2 day so make sure you bring yourself food and water for lunch breaks Saturday and Sunday. Will be dinning out as a group Saturday night at one of the local spots. Chuck & Nancy have offered their place once again to camp overnight in their back yard.
You can find forms at WVWA.NET under the calendar section or the hopefully the link provided. Sign on and join us for a fun educational day on the water. Charlie 304 539 0497
Post by Larry Pelfrey on Mar 5, 2014 11:07:18 GMT -5
Any pre-req's? My kayaking experience is limited to the beginner clinic last year, and 5 subsequent trips on the 3 upper new sections. Have taken a roll clinic at Marshall, and have a...uh...sometimes... roll in the pool. Definitely hoping to improve a bit this year!
Post by Chuck Brabec on Mar 5, 2014 15:01:40 GMT -5
The Cherry is much more challenging than the upper New. It is smaller and more technical and requires good boat control. Students are expected to be able to make eddy turns & peel outs before participating in the clinic. Being comfortable int eh water and being able to self-rescue are also important.
It sounds like the only river you have paddled is the upper New. Did you catch any eddies and do any peel-outs or did you just follow someone else down the river?
How good are you at self-rescues?
I suggest that you talk to Charlie if you are still unsure about the clinic.
Post by Chuck Brabec on Mar 5, 2014 17:39:42 GMT -5
There is a maximum of 6 students being accepted for the clinic. Preference will be given to those who have not already taken the clinic. After Charlie receives the first 6 registration forms, he will start a waiting list.
Better mail (or hand deliver) your registration form and money to him ASAP.
Lost one tonight for the time being but did pic up another safety boater... Harry Netzer has volunteered to be out there with us running safety / rescue boater... Matt Thompson and Harry both took the clinic last year and I am honored to have them on board this year. Thanks to all involved with supporting this clinic...its going to be a great two days.
Post by Charlie Redington on Mar 17, 2014 9:13:06 GMT -5
I have had a couple people tell me they would like to take the clinic but can not commit for one reason or another...If interested please fill out application and send in...preference will be given to first 6 first time clinic applicants as a rule... the others will be put on waiting list in case we have a cancellation..all moneys will be returned if not selected.
Its best to keep the group to a limit and 4 to 6 seams to be it, It is a long 2 days. I do appreciate the amount of interest shone in the clinic and depending on the amount of applicants received may justify another clinic...I ask that if you are an intermediate boater and interested, to send in an application so the hole picture can be evaluated...I can bring it up at a meeting and or talk to those involved and go from there...Thanks Folks lets go boating!
Post by Wes Barthwick on Mar 17, 2014 22:56:25 GMT -5
I am going to ask for the first reserve spot. This is because I have taken the clinic before and being out of commission for a season, I know I can use it. So if there is someone that wants the last spot, better grab it.
Post by Matt Tucker on Mar 18, 2014 16:54:18 GMT -5
Charlie, is there still one spot open? No check from Jason? I know John B. has submitted and it looks like theres more folks to do the clinic. Do we want to look at adding another clinic? I know we spoke at roll session, just curious....not trying to stir a pot just saying. Thanks!
That's 6 of 6 spots taken... one application on waiting list... Mr John Brady
Thanks for all the interest...with that said..get your swiftwater apps in ASAP if your interested...its great training and will change the way you think of boating and others will think better of boating with you.