Post by Tony Daniel on Mar 20, 2014 18:59:59 GMT -5
I have already received the club's first registration for the Beginners Clinic! Be sure to check out the webpage about the clinic for info or to register.
We'll be at Army Camp on the New River on June the 7th and will follow with a club trip on June the 8th on the Upper New. In case of high water, we will move to the Greenbrier River.
So if you have family members, friends, or coworkers who would like to learn about whitewater paddling this is a great opportunity for them. Of course we'll need volunteers to lead pods, provide rudimentary instruction, loan extra boats and safety boat.
Post by Dan Waller on Mar 30, 2014 13:49:56 GMT -5
Had to call in a big favor to get that weekend off. 1st weekend of the month is always hard, due to all the Natl. Guard people going to Drill. But I got it! just wanted to see if you got Lila Waller on your list. My wife said she Mailed it out last week. Let me know if we're good to go, please.
Charlie, your off the hook, unless something happens between now and then. Thanks anyway!
Post by John Callender on May 4, 2014 20:56:01 GMT -5
Tony, my oldest son, Jim Johnson wants to attend the class. He is a true beginner. Forms and check on the way. He will be equipped with kayak, PDF, skirt, and helmet. I had promised to loan these items to Jodi Reimer. So I will have her contact you regarding her needs.
Post by Tony Daniel on May 7, 2014 20:33:42 GMT -5
We currently have 22 registered for the clinic and I suspect a few more between now and then. We will break into pods to keep things manageable on the water. Several folks need boats so we need club members to supply some loaners- I'm good for 2 or 3 boats but we'll need some others as well. I need one for a smaller paddler- 140 pounds.. A few more volunteers would be great as well.
a bit more about the clinic- you'll want to bring a camp chair even if your not spending the night., There is camping at army camp- first come first serve- Some folks, including myself usually show up on Friday. We can share campsites as needed. I don't know if the NPS is charging for campsites this year or not. They did come around and register us last year. Campfire potluck dinner on Sat. Night. If you have an rv you need to know that there is a height and weight limit on the bridge at prince- somewhere around 10 ft so plan accordingly.
I don't know of any future clinics beside what is currently posted on the club calendar.
I'll have hoodies, tshirts, and logbooks for sale at my campsite before and after the clinic and at the trip the next day. The logbook has a list of ranked rivers in wv suitable for beginners, intermediates, and advanced boaters and sells for $20.00.. I am not allowed to sell merchandise during the clinic- that would require an additional permit from the NPS.
Post by Tony Daniel on May 10, 2014 18:38:03 GMT -5
Hey cliff, on the registration form there's a special request blank- put that you need gear and a boat-also list you height and weight so we know size of gear/boat to get. Welcome aboard!. We're up to 24 registrations so far. We're doing a follow up trip on Sun. on the upper New so check that out as well.
Post by Tony Daniel on May 13, 2014 8:41:28 GMT -5
Angie, no size limits. I've been told that "aspiring intermediate" isn't the right term because that was used to describe the intermediate clinic at one time but I know which pod you mean. Welcome aboard! We sat around and talked about "how many people used to participate in these clinics" and now we have the opportunity to have those numbers again. That's a good thing. Logistically things get a little harder but it, will work out, I'm still looking for some more volunteers from the more experienced paddlers. .