LVKCC – Instruction and Education Committee
2020 Education Plan
Indoor Instruction – This year the pool sessions will be held at the Lafayette College Natatorium in Easton. We will offer classes in Introductory Flatwater Kayaking (3 weeks), Coastal Kayaking (2 weeks) and Introductory Moving Water Kayaking (8 weeks). We will also offer four one-day rolling clinics.
Introduction to Recreational Kayaking – This will be a three day class for people who want to learn about safe recreational kayaking on lakes, and easy rivers. The goal is to increase the enjoyment of recreational kayak paddling by learning how to: choose a paddle, select the proper clothing, find the right boat, and learn effective paddle and rescue techniques. Lead instructors Dan Rempp and Linda Martin.
Open Water Kayaking – This will be a course for people with 1-2 years of kayaking experience and who wish to be self-sufficient and/or help others paddling in open (large bodies) of fresh- or salt-water with waves. Instruction will include trip planning, maneuvering skills, and self- and assisted rescues. Lead Instructor Cie Stroud.
Introductory Moving Water Kayaking – Our flagship class, this will be eight one day classes for those interested in learning to river kayak. Topics such as boats, gear, clothing, paddle strokes, river features, knots, river safety, fitness, edging, bracing and rolling will be covered. No previous experience required. Lead Instructor Scott Douglas.
Rolling Clinic – We will offer four one-day rolling clinics for whitewater boaters that review the theory and mechanics of rolling, discuss why rolls fail, and present practice drills. We will then provide one on one instruction to help work through the rolling process and provide helpful feedback. A competent wet exit and self rescue skills are a prerequisite. Lead Instructor Scott Douglas; co-instructors Josh Smith and Eric Schweitzer.
First Aid/CPR – Now that we have four certified instructors in Basic First Aid and CPR, it is our intent to provide as many members as possible with instruction in lifesaving. Those that require it will be able to be certified/recertified. First class will be taught during the moving water class at the pool this winter. Lead Instructors: JC/Chad Rankin, Pat Beltz and Scott Douglas.
Beginners Series – We will again offer 8 trips on the river starting at the Little Lehigh and progressing up to the Upper Lehigh in May and June. These classes are offered to those who took the pool moving water kayak class first, but may include others if space becomes available. Beginning white water skills such as stroke forms, eddy turns, peel outs, ferries and water reading are featured. Practice sessions on the Little Lehigh will also be offered on Tuesday nights in May and June and on the Lehigh in July and August. Lead Instructors – Eric Schweitzer and Pat Beltz.
Intermediate Series – We will offer 4-5 classes on various rivers (Lehigh, Mongaup, Tohickon, Yough, Stony, Lehigh, Nescopeck, Brodhead, choice dependent on flow and interest). In addition to basic skills such as eddy turns, peel outs, ferries, combat rolling and water reading, classes will include more advanced techniques such as eddy hopping, boofing, and reverse ferrying in Class II/III water. Lead instructors – Scott Douglas, Joshua Smith, Andy Williams, others as available.
Guide Class – We will offer this class again in the spring (tentatively May 30) on Section III of the Lehigh. Class features how to organize and lead a trip on moving water. Lead instructor – Scott Douglas
Whitewater Self-Defense – We will offer an introductory class in self and assisted rescue techniques on the Lehigh in July (either 13,14,27 or 28). Class will be geared toward rescues typical for club trips with beginners. Lead instructors – Eric Schweitzer and Scott Douglas.
Recreational Kayaking – We will offer skills development classes at Lake Nockamixon and Mauch Chunk Lake as well as group and solo rescue classes for flat water. Lead Instructors – Dan Rempp, Gery Kirkner and Linda Martin
Coastal Kayaking – We will offer on water classes in navigation, rolling and rescues over the season, dates to be announced. Most likely on Lake Nockamixon or Round Valley. In addition, at least one on-line class will be offered in trip planning and navigation. Lead Instructors – Cie Stroud and Dave Dawson.
Canoeing – John Rako, Gene Berliner, Johanna Heid-Meeker, and Tony Broadwater have been trying to work up a formal moving water canoeing program. As of the writing of this report, John Rako has stated that at least one canoeing class will be offered this year. Lead Instructor – John Rako
Instructor Certification – There is a potential for an L1/L2 Instructor Development workshop being offered at Lake Nockamixon and the Delaware River that might include both coastal L2 and moving water L2 certs (pick one, not both). Scholarships would be offered to club members who participate. Class would be sponsored by LL Bean. Lead Instructors – Steve Johnson and Scott Douglas.
2020 Education Budget Request
Loaner equipment, paddles and skirts: $2000
First Aid/CPR supplies and equipment: $1500
Total requested: $3500
2020 Intermediate Series (tentative dates)
March 21 Tohickon Intermediate skills class
April 11 or 18 Location TBD Intermediate skills class
May 15-17 Stonyfest Trip (skills class if interest)
May 30 Lehigh or Nescopeck Guide class
June 21?? Mongaup (releases TBA) Intermediate skills class
June 27,28 Deerfield Trip (skills class if interest)
July 4,5 Lower Yough and Savage Intermediate skills class on LY
August 8 Lehigh Intermediate skills class
September 26,27 Lower Yough and Savage Trip (skills class on LY if interest)
October 11 Lehigh Intermediate skills class
November 7,8 Tohickon First timers and intermediate skills