61st Annual Training Camp - May 19-21, 2017


The First BIG Whitewater Event of 2017

What

Training Camp is Colorado Whitewater’s greatest annual event, in terms of both size and scope.  About 175 people usually attend this weekend long fun-fest to:
  • Improve their paddling skills on moving water with ACA certified instructors (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Share family-friendly off water fun and laughs with paddling friends, old and new.
  • Enjoy Friday night kayak “porn” (movies of kayakers doing things that most of us never dream of doing!)
  • Support Colorado Whitewater in this largest fund raising event of the year.
  • Enjoy 2 fabulous catered meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast) to feed your starving kayaker soul. Food provided by Brian Sweeney - the most amazing and crazy cook we know!
  • Dance the night away Saturday evening with live music from Chain Station!
  • Get your paddling season rolling!

When
Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, May 19-21, 2017

Where
Cotopaxi Arkansas River KOA Kampground, in Cotopaxi Colorado 
Cotopaxi lies in Colorado's South-Central Rocky Mountains right on the Arkansas River, on US Highway 50 between Salida (to the west) and Canon City (to the east).
  • Tent camping is readily available and RV’s are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Both RV and tent camping are included in the registration fees so there is no need to make an individual reservation.
  • If you don’t care to camp, the KOA has a variety of other accommodations available but the fees are not included in Training Camp fees. Please contact the KOA directly and make a reservation with them.  All rooms sell out every year, so book early!
Who Can Attend
  • If you’re not taking, teaching or supporting a class, you’re very much welcome to participate in all other activities (movies, food, camping, live music and party) as a FUN HOG for just $50 (this covers camping fees and catered food). You’re welcome to arrange your own river trip or other activities while CW classes are taking place, or just hang out and enjoy the KOA.
  • You must be a Colorado Whitewater member to participate in on-water activities with the club at this event (for insurance purposes). Your membership must be current through May 21, 2017.  To join or renew, click here.
  • Families, friends and children are welcome, whether they are boating or not.  Children must be under adult supervision at all times.  
  • Kayaking kids who have some paddling experience, but are not already enrolled in the CW Kids Paddling Team must be 12 years or older by May 2017, weigh at least 50 lbs and must be accompanied in classes by a parent.  
  • Dogs must be leashed and supervised at all times.
  • Please see participation fees listed in the next section.

Speaking of Dogs…

  • The KOA is pet friendly and has a small fenced-in dog run for supervised play time, but they do have specific, strictly enforced policies including these 3 that dog owners MUST abide by:
  1. We do not permit unattended, aggressive, or noisy animals.
  2. A six foot leash is required at all times, everywhere in the park, including down by the river.
  3. Dogs cannot be tethered to trees or other vegetation
  • We are seeking a dog sitter to be available for you to employ if needed. If you are interested in offering your services as a dog sitter, please contact Training Camp Director Elizabeth Austen at eausten@live.com  to discuss.



Fees – How Much Does This Thing Cost?

Training Camp Participant Type  Cost
Standard Training Camp Participant  
     • Early Bird - Register by March 31, 2017 $125
     • Register by May 12, 2017 $170
     • You’re Late! - Register After May 12, 2017 $200
CW Student Discount
(w/enrollment in multi-day CW Class - Register by April 23, 2017)*
$125
CW Kids' Paddling Team Member $80
Fun Hog
(friends/family who are not boating with a TC class)
$50
Instructors and On-Water Volunteers $25


 






What You Get for Your Money:

  • 2 all day on-river training sessions with ACA certified instructors
  • Tent / car / RV camping at the KOA
  • 2 FABULOUS catered meals: Saturday evening Dinner and Sunday morning breakfast
  • Live music and dancing on Saturday evening after dinner provided by Chain Station Mountain Music
  • Friday night kayak flicks, Sunday morning awards, a bunch of new friends and...
  • ...a ton of fun all weekend long!
Refunds:
If some unforeseen major event happens to prevent you from attending after you have registered, you may request a refund by contacting the Training Camp Director.  If cancelled 7 days before the first day of the event, the refund amount will be the cost of the event less processing fees. If cancelled less than 7 days, refunds are at the discretion of the Training Camp Director.

*Student Discount
For kayaking participants who are also participating in any other CW multi-day paid instruction in 2017, Training Camp is discounted to $125! You must register for the multi day class prior to registering for Training Camp so your participation can be verified.

Click Here to Register for Training Camp 2017!
Kayaker’s Skill Categories
PLEASE be conservative when evaluating your skills!

Boaters who have overestimated their abilities may be asked move to a different class or even to leave the river.  This is at the discretion of the Instructors and is intended to ensure the safety of the entire group. Besides, it’s much more fun to be at the top of your class rather than the bottom, losing your confidence and swimming every 30 yards or so, right?

Please Note: there is NO FLAT WATER INSTRUCTION at this event, everything we do will be discussion on dry land or practice in moving water.  If you are not ready for moving water, this is not the event for you.

You can BECOME qualified to participate in this event by:
Course Offering 2017

Most classes will be separated into groups of 8 students and availability is first come, first served. Some classes are both SATURDAY AND SUNDAY and others are your choice.

  • Be prepared for any kind of weather.  It could be 80 degrees, it could pour rain, it could snow. Seriously. Be prepared.
  • If you're a newer boater, make sure your boat FITS YOU and you have the 5 essentials (kayak, paddle, spray skirt, helmet and PFD) and appropriate clothing.

Intro to River Kayaking (Level A)
16 Students Maximum

Saturday and Sunday (2 day clinic)

Who should take this class: Brand new kayakers.
Pre-requisite: You must have taken a pool class and have been on moving water at least once.

We begin this course on dry land with gear review, discussion of river and safety basics, land based demo and practice of basic boat control and recovery skills, (which is all much more fun than it sounds!) and will progress to moving water on day one. On the water boaters will work on getting comfortable with executing all the basics in a current, including strokes, balance, posture and edging in order to successfully perform eddy turns, peel outs, ferrying and more.


Go With the Flow (Level B)
16 Students Maximum

Saturday and / or Sunday

A float trip with the focus on SAFETY. 

A safe, mellow, chillaxin’ float trip for those who prefer a low-stress experience. No intensive skills drills, this is an uncomplicated, fun but instructional cruise requiring mild effort. The group(s) can determine their own focus, whether it’s discussion about reading whitewater or safety scenarios, or what-have-you. Talk to your Trip Leaders to customize your trip.


Beginnermediate FUNdamentals (Level B)
32 Students Maximum

Saturday and /or Sunday

Who should take this class: Kayakers who have been on more than 5 moving water trips and want to build skills and confidence. There will be an emphasis on river skills.

A river trip where we’ll work on paddle strokes, bracing, edging, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, rolling and river reading to maximize your future fun factor. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and let the Instruction Team know which skills they most want to work on. Emphasis will be placed on river running and skills drills.


Boating Betties, Beginnermediate (Level B/C)
8 Students Maximum

Saturday ONLY

Who should take this class: Women Only, no testosterone!

Run the river, work on skills drills, recovery skills such as bracing and rolling, build your confidence in a supportive environment with other women.


Boating Betties, Intermediate (Level C/D)
8 Students Maximum

Sunday ONLY

Who should take this class: Women Only, no testosterone! For Betties who have a flat water roll and want to step it up.

Run the river, work on skills drills, learn to break down a rapid, not just bomb through it, and build your confidence in a supportive environment with other women.


Intermediate FUNdamentals (Level C)
16 Students Maximum

Saturday and /or Sunday

Who should take this class: Kayakers who have some confidence on moving water but want to work on skills. There will be an emphasis on rolling.

A river trip where we’ll work on paddle strokes, bracing, edging, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, rolling and river reading to maximize your future fun factor. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and let the Instruction Team know which skills they most want to work on. Emphasis will be placed on river running and skills drills.


Next Level (Level C)
8 Students Maximum

Saturday and Sunday (2 day clinic)

Who should take this class: Kayakers who want to be confident in Class 3 Whitewater

For assertive boaters who want to get to the next level! This clinic will grill and drill and improve your skills. We’ll be working mostly in a particular rapid, practicing stroke efficiency and advanced eddy hopping by running a particular predetermined route utilizing specific series of maneuvers. You’ll benefit from specific, candid individual critiques (and possibly, immediate video feedback, if we are able to obtain tablets to use and volunteers to video). Once you get your critique, you’ll portage back to the top and run the designated course again. And again. You won’t believe what you see and how much you learn!


Reading Whitewater (Level C)
8 Students Maximum

Saturday ONLY


Learn to visually dissect a rapid so you can navigate it yourself, rather than following someone. River Roll preferred, not required.

You're confident in your river skills but you have anxiety about finding the best route through a rapid? This class will develop your ability to visually dissect whitewater and better understand the forces at work. Become more confident in your ability to negotiate a rapid and to recognize typical obstacles you may encounter.



Surfin’ Safari (Level D)
8 Students Maximum

Sunday ONLY

Learn to break down a rapid and catch waves to surf. River Roll required.

This is the ideal class for those have a reliable river roll, good ferrying skills, and a desire to maximize their fun by dancin’ with the river, not just running it. We will focus on eddy hopping through rapids and searching for great waves to surf in order to make the fun last longer (instead of blasting from top to bottom without stopping). We will practice boat scouting in order to identify eddies and waves within rapids, and work on how to adjust a ferry to catch the waves, along with the techniques needed to stay on them and do the dance!


Next Level (Level D)
8 Students Maximum

Saturday and Sunday (2 day clinic)

Who should take this class: Kayakers who want to be confident in Class 4 Whitewater. River Roll required.

For assertive boaters who want to get to the next level! This clinic will grill and drill and improve your skills. We’ll be working mostly in a particular rapid, practicing stroke efficiency and advanced eddy hopping by running a particular predetermined route utilizing specific series of maneuvers. You’ll benefit from specific, candid individual critiques (and possibly, immediate video feedback, if we are able to obtain tablets to use and volunteers to video). Once you get your critique, you’ll portage back to the top and run the designated course again. And again. You won’t believe what you see and how much you learn!


Intro to Playboating (Level D)
 12 Students Maximum
Saturday and / or Sunday
River Roll required.

Want to take your paddling to the next level? Gain balance, boat control, fear control and best of all build a bomb-proof roll. This class will take you through a proven progression that world champion kayakers have used to push the limits. If you don't believe us, just come and learn from a member of Team Jackson. But don't worry, all you need is a good roll and willingness to take your paddling to the next level. The class will start with a warm-up routine to prevent injury, flatwater balance drills, fundamentals of kayak surfing, side-surfing, spinning, cartwheels and maybe getting your first loop! The best part is all these skills will make you more confident in your roll and river running.


Intro to Oar Rig Rafting - New!
6 Students Maximum

Saturday and Sunday (2 day clinic)
Recommended purchase: The Guide's Guide Augmented
Bring a PFD and dress appropriately for a full day on the river. 

All gear included, limited to 4 students. This is an introduction to oar rig rafting (not paddle rafting) and is intended for people with basic whitewater knowledge to learn about running rivers in Colorado, national parks, and BLM lands. We will cover the minimum gear requirements, best places to learn, beginner overnight trips, and the permit process. After completion, the participants will be able to navigate a raft safely through Class II-III (-) whitewater.

Agenda

Day 1:

  • Introductions & Equipment
  • Rigging
  • Passenger Safety
  • River Navigation
  • Righting a flipped a raft

Day 2:

  • River Navigation (continued)
  • Rowing Techniques
  • Tips for handling big water
  • Multi-day Trip Support


Kids Kayaking Team
Saturday and Sunday (2 day clinic)

Participation in this class is only available to kids already enrolled in Kids Team pool classes. A code will be made available to parents in order to register.

On Water Volunteers
  • Must be competent in Class III whitewater at a minimum
  • Must register on line for a $25 fee (to help defray costs of meals and camping)
  • Instructors are being asked to recruit their own support teams. If an instructor has asked you to assist with their class, please indicate who that instructor is when registering.
  • If you have not been asked to assist, we are still in need of volunteers with Class III or better boating skills and rescue experience.
  • The number of volunteers may be capped without notice!
Must Bring:
  • Full sized kayak (unless playboating)
  • Rescue vest
  • Throw rope
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
Must be familiar with:
  • Boat based rescue techniques for people and equipment
  • Boat recovery techniques
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Swimmer rescues and assists
Preferred:
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Recent swift water rescue training

If you don’t want to take a class or volunteer with one, please consider registering as a Fun Hog.

Please keep in mind that this is a fund raising event, and the proceeds allow Colorado Whitewater to sponsor conservation activities such as river cleanups, special events, and helping protect and fix neglected or abused sections of rivers we've grown to love. Even though we are an all-volunteer organization, we are able to promote the sport of whitewater kayaking for all abilities - from newbies to the more experienced. Your support helps provide our members with ACA certified instructors, allows for discounted swiftwater safety classes, free CPR/First Aid training, and so much more!


Other Stuff You'll Need to Know If You Haven't Been to Training Camp Before

Cash registrations will NOT BE ACCEPTED at Training Camp - Not from Volunteers or anyone. 

But there will be other opportunities to spend cash, so don't leave your wallet at home!
  • Please register early so you don't miss out on the class you want! Plus, you'll save money.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather.  It could be 80 degrees, it could pour rain, it could snow. Seriously. Be prepared.
  • If you're a newer boater, make sure your boat FITS YOU and you have the 5 essentials (kayak, paddle, spray skirt, helmet and PFD).
  • We will have catered meals for dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.  You'll need to provide all other snacks,  meals and beverages. 
  • There is a liquor store in Cotopaxi and the campground has a little store but there aren't many "real food" options so bring what you need and like.
  • State Parks Passes will be available for sale in camp on Saturday morning.
  • All volunteers and participants will receive a schedule and details by email the week of the event.
  • No matter what else you do, be prepared to have an AWESOME weekend!
Questions?
There is a ton of information here!  Please read carefully and if your question is not answered in this posting you can email Training Camp Director Elizabeth Austen. Please include your phone number and best time to reach you.
Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:
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