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March 2017
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12th Annual South Platte River Clean-Up

We are excited to announce that Colorado Whitewater is hosting the 12th Annual South Platte River Clean-up on Saturday, April 22nd in celebration of Earth Day in Denver, Colorado. This is an all-volunteer event to pick up trash along the South Platte River. In past years, we have seen over 200 rafters, kayakers, and other participants successfully remove over 2 TONS of garbage from the river corridor. Read more.

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2017 Training Camp

Training Camp is Colorado Whitewater’s greatest annual event, in terms of both size and scope.  About 150 people usually attend this weekend long fun-fest to improve the paddling skills with ACA-certified instructors. Read more.


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 through May 7. Read more.


ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinics: May 6–7 & May 13–14

Somewhere, at sometime, you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Just rescuing gear can turn into a nightmare, never mind rescuing a person. Quick response time and the knowledge to set up a rescue safely are skills you should have as a boater. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level. Read more.

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Upper Colorado Wild and Scenic River Stakeholders Group
by Tim Friday

In 2007, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released a report on the eligibility of rivers in the Upper Colorado River Basin for Wild and Scenic River designation (BLM Eligibility Report, March 2007). This report identified 54.4 miles of the Upper Colorado River from the top of Gore Canyon downstream to a point one mile east of No Name Creek in Glenwood Springs, Colorado (segments 4 through 7) as having numerous “outstandingly remarkable values” eligible for special federal designation as a Wild and Scenic River. Read more.


New Arkansas River Access

At the end 2016, the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) purchased property from Union Pacific Railroad in Texas Creek on the Arkansas River. The new launch area is now groomed and ready for commercial and private use. Read more.


Welcome New Members—
January & February

Cody Akason, Kyle Bartsch, Christopher Corbo, Jamie Curtner, Jerome Denton, Alicia Geary, Bobby German, Chris Harty, Meissa Lamberton, Marina Lizarralde, Rachel Long, Casey McKaig, Alex McKeon, Daniel Mikalian, Jodi Moreno, Mike Moreno, Cyndi Rader, Sara Skoff, Zach Smith, Kaylin Stinski, Josh Swann, Kyle Walker, Emily Watson, Jim Zimmerman


Save the Date: Spring Dinner
                                              
Join us on June 1 for CW's annual spring dinner featuring special guest Stephen Wright at the American Mountaineer Center in Golden. 

Thank You Paddling Film Festival Sponsors!
                                              
The 2017 Spring Kick-Off Paddling Film Festive was fantastic! hank you emcee Pete Bellande, organizer Judy Thomas, and all of the amazing volunteers. Special thanks to the super-generous sponsors: 

River Pretty, Body au Naturel, Golden River Sports, Down River Equipment, Confluence Kayaks, Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center, Climax Jerky, Fit36 Fitness, Lazy Bear Massage, Arc’teryx, American White Water, Shred Ready, CKS—Colorado Kayak Supply


2017 River Weekends
                                              

Poudre: June 16–18

Arkansas: July 14–17

Colorado: Sept. 8–10



Discount for CW Members
                                              

Get 15% off your (regularly priced items) at outdoorplay.com with code CL15Y2. Orders over $49 also get free shipping!


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Upcoming CW Events

MARCH

March 19, 1:00–3:00 p.m.: Youth Introduction to Playboating Clinic with Mat Dumoulin 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 including the use of edges, trim and balance for playboating.  

March 19, 3:00–5:00 p.m.: Adult Introduction to Playboating Clinic with Mat Dumoulin 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 including the use of edges, trim and balance for playboating.  

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 2, 1:00–5:00 p.m.: Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $10

April 2, 1:00–3:00 p.m.: Youth Introduction to Playboating Clinic with Abby Holcombe 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 including the use of edges, trim and balance for playboating.  

April 2, 3:00–5:00 p.m.: Adult Introduction to Playboating Clinic with Peter Holcombe 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 including the use of edges, trim and balance for playboating.  

April 2–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 22, 11:00 a.m.: South Platte River Clean-Up This is the 12th annual all-volunteer event to pick up trash along the South Platte River in celebration of Earth Day.

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. 

  
MAY
May 6–7: ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic Somewhere, sometime, you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level.

May 7, 1:00–5:00 p.m.: Open Pool. Meyers Pool, 7900 Carr Drive, Arvada. $1

May 7, 3:00–5:00 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 should help you on your path to improving your roll. 

May 13–14: ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic Somewhere, sometime, you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level.

May 19–21: Training Camp This is Colorado Whitewater’s greatest annual event, in terms of both size and scope. About 150 people usually attend this weekend long fun-fest.

JUNE
June 1: Spring Dinner, American Mountaineering Center, Golden.

June 16–18: Poudre River Weekend


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