The latest news and events from Colorado Whitewater
VOLUME 74  April 2016
The Spray Newsletter for Colorado Whitewater

Colorado Paddlers Compete for Slots on 2016 Olympic Team

A member of the U.S. National Team, Zach "Bug" Lokken is in the running for one of our potential canoe/kayak slalom athlete positions for the United States. Bug took time out of his busy training and travel schedule to do a quick Q&A. Read more... 

Look Who's Coming to Spring Dinner!!!

Join Colorado Whitewater for our annual Spring Dinner on May 3, featuring guest speaker Steve Fisher! Come hear his amazing journeys on and off the river, and be prepared to be inspired by one of the greatest kayakers of all time! 

American Whitewater Recognizes CW Member Lauren Nance

This month, American Whitewater recognizes Lauren Nance as their Volunteer of the Month. Lauren has been working closely with their Colorado Stewardship Team to protect the interest of paddlers in the Upper Colorado River. 

Boating Betties Flix on April 20

Hey women! Come down to Confluence Kayaks' shop this Wednesday and hang out on the sofa or in the pool with other "Bettties" (aka other female kayakers). We'll watch women's specific videos, order pizza, and drink cocktails. Read more...
RMOC Paddle Pass

Training Camp Newbie? Your Questions Answered

Training Camp is Colorado Whitewater's greatest annual event, in terms of both size and scope. Want to know more about the classes? The events? The food? What to bring? Read more...


Kayak Classes and Open Pool Sessions Kayak Classes & Open Pool Sessions at Meyers Pool through April 24 

Whether you're trying out kayaking for the first time, hoping for a bomb-proof roll, or itching to get into a play boat, winter is the best season to practice these skills in a nice, warm pool. Read more...

Celebrate Earth Day on the River

The 11th annual South Platte River Clean-Up is on Saturday, April 23 presented by Colorado Whitewater, Down River Equipment, Confluence Kayaks, and American Whitewater. This is an all-volunteer event to pick up trash along the South Platte River. Read more...

Another Successful Spring Kick-Off/Movie Night

Colorado Whitewater's annual Spring Kick-Off/Movie Night was a huge success on March 30 at The Oriental Theater in Denver. Nearly 200 people came to enjoy food and drinks, watch inspiring paddling films, meet new boaters, and win cool gear from the raffle. Read more...

Upcoming CW Events

April 17 - Open Pool Session: Come practice your roll, brace, and tricks in the warm Meyer's Pool. Admission is $9.75.

April 17 - Beginner Kayaking Class: 6 spots left! This introductory course is comprised of 4 separate sessions to provide a safe, gentle introduction into the world of whitewater kayaking. 

April 20 - Boating Betties FlixWatch women's specific instruction videos and hang out at Confluence Kayaks, on the sofa or in the pool with Boating Betties (aka other female kayakers).

April 23 - 11th Annual South Platte River Clean-Up: This is an all-volunteer event to pick up trash along the South Platte River. Come help out and give back to your community.

April 24 - Open Pool Session: Grab your kayak and gear and head to Meyer's Pool for the last day to play/practice in the warm pool. Admission is $9.75.

April 24 - Preparing for Class 4: This class is for the boaters who are confident on class 3 water, but want more.

May 3 - 2016 Spring Dinner: Featuring a presentation by pro-kayaker Steve Fisher, food from Biju's Little Curry House, and beer from Good River Beer and New Belgium Brewing.

May 4 - CPR/First Aid Class: All instructors, cruise leaders and sweeps are required to be Red Cross First Aid/CPR certified. As such, CW will again be providing FREE certification classes. Sign up quickly as there are only 4 spots left!

May 7-8 - ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic: CW has partnered with Whitewater Attainment for ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinics for only $175 - 25% off the regular price. Sorry, this class is full. Can you still join the waitlist.

May 20-22 - 60th Annual Training Camp: Don't miss this fun-filled weekend of kayaking and SUP classes, camping, catered meals, meeting new paddlers, and entertainment. Register as a student, instructor, sweep, or "Fun Hog".

June 4 - Lyons Outdoor Games: Colorado Whitewater is a proud sponsor of this festival. We'll have our booth set up along the river where the freestyle competition will take place. Plus, join a CW river cruise on the Saint Vrain Saturday morning.

June 10-12 - Poudre Weekend: Come camp at Ted's Place KOA Campground and kayak Saturday and Sunday with other CW members. It's FREE but registration is required.


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