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Intro to Whitewater - 2017

  • 04/22/2017
  • 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Rocky Fork and Paint Creek - Southern Ohio
  • 9


(depends on selected options)

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Introduction to Whitewater

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Learn to paddle whitewater with Columbus Outdoor Pursuits!

The 2017 Intro to Whitewater Clinic is designed for those students interested in learning to paddle in swift(er) moving water or whitewaterWe will spend the day on the Rocky Fork & Paint Creek in southern Ohio

You will learn a progression of whitewater paddling skills on the water during this one-day clinic. Starting Saturday morning at Rocky Fork Lake State Park this clinic teaches the necessary skills for paddling most of Ohio's fast moving rivers and is the first step toward Class III and greater whitewater kayaking.

Students are required to have previous experience in a kayak and knowledge of and comfort executing the basic paddle strokes (i.e., Beginner Kayak/IRK school, pool session practice, previous river kayaking, or similar paddling experience).  The student must be able to demonstrate proper balance and boat control on flatwater in order to get the most out of this class.  Contact us if you have questions about your experience and skills needed for this class.

Please arrive by 8:30 am and expect a full day of instruction.  Camping is available at several state parks in the area if you are traveling from afar and want to arrive the night before or stay the next day.  Plenty to see and do in the area... 



Rocky Fork State Park

9800 N. Shore Dr. 

Hillsboro, Oh 45133

We will begin with a brief overview of whitewater specific strokes and maneuverability on the lake before moving downstream to the put-in for the remainder of the on-water clinic.

The ability to Eskimo roll a kayak is not required for this class but students must have experience performing wet exits. See our remaining pool sessions if you need practice.  

All gear can be rented from COP for $20 and can be selected during your registration.

Your fees cover instruction, a snack, a hot meal for lunch, shuttle and coordination, dam release, and plenty of corny jokes...not to mention a lovely guided tour through the amazing Highlands Nature Sanctuary and old 7 Caves area.

You may register early but all payments must be made by April 3rd, 2016.
If you are unable to pay online a paper application can be filled out and mailed along with a check and may be requested by contacting boating@outdoor-pursuits.org.

Additional info and itinerary will be sent following your paid registration.

What you need...

Positive mental attitude

The desire to push your paddling skills and to listen and learn from the instructors

Students are encouraged to supply their own whitewater kayaks and gear, if practical.  Boats 10ft. or less are preferred for this Intro level clinic.  Please note that sea kayaks, fishing, and long, less maneuverable kayaks are not appropriate for this school.  Crossover kayaks may be used and should have flotation bags in the storage area with a working hatch.  
All kayaks must be in good condition and have appropriate flotation with a fitted cockpit skirt. Students must also have type III/V life jacket, paddle, and a whitewater helmet.
All equipment can be rented from Columbus Outdoor Pursuits in whole or part, contact us to discuss your needs.
The school has a limited number of kayaks available on a first-come basis, determined by acceptance of paid and accepted application.


Just like any time of year the weather is unpredictable but water and air temps are generally at a cool Spring level.  Appropriate attire is of utmost importance, we just can’t stress this enough.  Be prepared to get wet and avoid wearing cotton clothing.  You can paddle comfortably for this clinic and most of the year without purchasing high dollar drysuits and dry gear.  Wetsuits (full or farmer-john), semi-dry and splash tops, poly-pro, wool underlayers and socks, neoprene booties are all great items to have in the closet for any type of cool and cold weather paddling.  A few links to help get an understanding of proper cold weather gear available.






Footwear shall be snug fitting. Flip flops, Crocs, or other loose type of beach or water shoe may fall off and float downstream at the most in-opportune time.  Tennis shoes tend to be to big to fit in the footwell of a whitewater boat.

Check with local SCUBA and dive shops as they will often rent out wetsuits and other neoprene and cold water immersion gear.

If you do not have any of this outerwear and will not be able to purchase or rent by time of the class please contact us and we will do our best to locate loaner gear for your use.

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