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January 2017
The Spray Newsletter for Colorado Whitewater
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New Year's 2017 on Shoshone

What better way to start the New Year than by kayaking on the Colorado River on New Year’s Day! The tradition continues, and Peter Holcombe has become the unofficial event organizer, and this year rallied nearly 100 people to brave the icy waters and start the New Year off right. 

Colorado Whitewater joined in and promoted an Après New Year's Day Paddle Get Together at the Iron Mountain Hot Springs in Glenwood Springs, which was a great way to warm up after paddling in thirty-degree weather. Brooke Smith of Colorado Whitewater whipped up hot cocoa to warm boaters at the take out while others brought chili. Some folks were inspired to get in a second and even a third lap on this 1.5-mile stretch of the Colorado River. Read more and view pictures. Maybe you’ll be inspired to join in this time-honored tradition next year.

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February 1: Happy Hour Social

Come meet your fellow members when they aren't all wet. Pizza for members (while it lasts). Nighthawk has pin ball, ping pong and we'll bring the pizza and paddlers. Cash bar. Check Groupon for their beer deal. Look for the CWA table. We'll have some calendars to give away! 

6:00-8:00 p.m. Nighthawk Brewery, 2780 Industrial Lane, Broomfield


Register Now for 2017 Kayaking Classes!

Join us in the heated Meyers pool to practice and learn new skills with CW's ACA-certified instructors. Classes and open-pool sessions take place on Sundays beginning January 8, continuing through May 7. Read more. 


Demo a New Kayak

We’re excited to partner with Confluence Kayaks to offer demo boats at our regular open pool sessions held at the Meyers pool! There will be a variety of boats available each week. Read more.


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National Paddling Film Festival: The Wetter the Better 

Get stoked for the 2017 season! On March 16, come join Colorado Whitewater for our annual spring kick-off celebration, featuring the National Paddling Film Festival. Cash bar and food truck. Register now.

We need volunteers at this event! If you can help, contact Judy at jltgrant@yahoo.com


2017 Events: Mark Your Calendar

Training Camp: May 1920

Poudre River Weekend: June 1618

Arkansas River Weekend: July 1417

Colorado River Weekend: Sept. 810


River Trip Permit Info

There's nothing like a remote, multi-day river trip. But some sections of rivers are so heavily populated with boaters that permit systems have been put in place. Check out our favorite permit-required trips. 


Welcome New Members—
December & January

Susan Becker, Beth Cavanaugh, Meredith Gill, Wendy Lamar, JackMcGuire, Johanna Nylen, Anne Parker, Cael Parker, Joseph Parker, Zack Parker, Patrick Ryan, Robert Wilson

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Upcoming CW Events

FEBRUARY

February 5, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

February 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Strokes Clinic This class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

February 5–May 5: 3:00–5:00 p.m. Kids Paddling Team This series of classes is intended for youth, ages 8-18, and will provide a progression of skills designed to develop safe, strong and confident white water paddlers. This class is suitable for the brand new, intermediate and advanced youth kayakers. 

February 12: Meyers Pool is closed.

February 19, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

February 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up If you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

February 19–26, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Intermediate Fundamentals Course This class will reinforce and polish a wide variety of skills over two weeks at the intermediate level in a fast-paced boot camp format. 

February 19, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Strokes Clinic This class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

February 19–March 5, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Beginner Kayaking Class This introductory course is comprised of 3 separate sessions to provide a safe, gentle introduction into the world of whitewater kayaking. The classes progress through topics over the course of three 2-hour sessions in the warm pool.

February 26, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

February 26, 3:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up Clinic If you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.


MARCH

March 5, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

March 5, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Roll Tune-Up Clinic If you are looking to brush up on your roll or are looking for feedback on why you are lifting your head, this two-hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that will help you on your path to improving your roll.

March 5–March 26, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Roll Intensive Ever tried to roll a kayak before? Tried but just didn’t quite get it? Come learn the basic steps in mastering this essential whitewater kayaking skill during this three-pool session class.

March 12: Meyers Pool is closed.

March 16, 7:00 p.m. National Paddling Festival Oriental Theater, Denver. Two hours of the best, insane whitewater films out there! Food trucks, cash bar, door prizes. $10 members. $12 nonmembers.   

March 19, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

March 19, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Boating Betties Class The Boating Betties program is an evolving instructional / mentoring program for women by women.  Our intention is to empower each other and encourage the women of Colorado Whitewater to build confidence, master skills, and create strong friendships, both on and off the water. 

March 26, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

March 26, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Strokes Clinic This class will assist you with perfecting the details of efficient strokes. Knowing where your boat should be is only of value if you can get there. 

March 26, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Boating Betties Class The Boating Betties program is an evolving instructional / mentoring program for women by women.  Our intention is to empower each other and encourage the women of Colorado Whitewater to build confidence, master skills, and create strong friendships, both on and off the water. 


APRIL

April 4, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

April 4–May 7, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Beginner Kayaking Class This introductory course is comprised of 3 separate sessions to provide a safe, gentle introduction into the world of whitewater kayaking. 

April 9: Meyers Pool is closed.

April 16: Meyers Pool is closed.

April 23, 1:00–5:00 p.m. Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

April 23, 3:00–5:00 p.m. Hand Roll Clinic If you are looking to brush up on your hand roll this 2 hour clinic will provide you with direct feedback that should help you on your path to improving your hand roll.

April 23, 3:005:00 p.m. Intermediate Fundamentals Course This class will reinforce and polish a wide variety of skills over two weeks at the intermediate level in a fast-paced boot camp format. 

Pool instruction classes and open pool sessions run through May 7. Sign up now. 

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