2019 BWA Spring Swiftwater Clinic

  • 17 May 2019
  • 5:00 PM
  • 19 May 2019
  • 3:00 PM
  • Ratliff Hole River Access Elkhorn City, Kentucky 41522

Registration

  • This registration covers instruction on Saturday and Sunday, shuttles and logistics, camping Friday and Saturday Night, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
  • This registration covers instruction on Saturday and Sunday, shuttles and logistics, camping Friday and Saturday Night, breakfast and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
  • If you and your family want to attend the clinic and hang out, but not as a students or volunteers, please register as guests. Enjoy camping Friday and Saturday night, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast, and join the festivities along with the rest of us.

    Two adults and up to three minors. If you have more kids and want to work something out, please contact the clinic administrator Hanley Loller at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org
  • If you want to attend the clinic and hang out, but not as a student or volunteer, please register as a guest. Enjoy camping Friday and Saturday night, Saturday breakfast and dinner, Sunday breakfast, and join the festivities along with the rest of us.

Register

ONE OF THE BEST EVENTS ALL YEAR

The BWA Spring Clinic

Presented By:

Bluegrass Wildwater Association

The Bluegrass Wildwater Association's yearly spring clinic where classes are provided to beginning kayakers of various experience levels. 

The Basics

Who?
The BWA spring clinic is open to anyone who wants to learn how to kayak or canoe on moving water. Membership in the BWA is required to register. 

What?
Whitewater kayaking instruction from enthusiastic, experienced instructors on the class II and III sections of the Russell Fork river. Whether you're an absolute beginner or you've already got a few trips under your belt, we build our classes around our students' needs and keep class sizes small so you get plenty of personal attention. 

It is recommended that, at a minimum, you attend some of the BWA's rolling sessions before the clinic so that you have the basics of rolling, wet exiting, and adjusting your boat to fit before the clinic. You do not need to perfect your roll to participate, but you'll get more out of the clinic if you are at least familiar with the basics of rolling.

When?
Saturday and Sunday May 18th and 19th, 2019. Arrive Friday night to camp. Instruction starts Saturday morning. 

Where?
The 2018 Spring Beginner’s Clinic will take place at Ratliff Hole Campground in the Breaks Interstate Park in Elkhorn City, KY. Instruction will be given on the class II and III sections of the Russell Fork River. DIRECTIONS TO SPRING CLINIC

Why?
Because we love boating, wild places, adventuring on and around rivers, and the friendships and camaraderie that are formed on boating trips and around a campfire. Because we want to help other people love these things as much as we do. 


How do I register and what does that include? 

Clinic student cost includes: camping fees, shuttles, gear loaning as necessary, 3 meals, 2 days of river instruction & memories that will last a lifetime.

All students must join the BWA to participate in the clinic. BWA membership for a year is $20 for individuals and $25 for family membership.

  • Clinic Student, early bird (before March 30th): $99*
  • Clinic Student, standard registration, before April 20th: $120*
  • Late Registration, as spots are available: $150**

* Must use the email your membership profile is set up under to register. Registration includes Saturday and Sunday instruction, camping, and food for the student only. 

** Late Registration is available only on a discretionary basis. Contact the clinic organizer if you want to register after the deadline at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org **


What if I just want to hang out and not be a student or volunteer?

  • Non-Student (1 person): $25*
  • Family non-student (2 adults and up to 3 minors): $60*

* Covers 2 nights camping, and 3 meals. Contact clinic organizer if you need to bundle more than three kids at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org and we'll work something out.

Registration deadline for students and campers only is Monday, May 2nd, 2019. 

What if something comes up? What about refunds?

The clinic is a big undertaking and requires a lot of planning and money out of pocket, so it's important for us if you must cancel that you do so as early as possible. Please email the clinic organizer, Hanley Loller, at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org and let us know what your situation is. Full refunds will be issued to anyone cancelling by March 30th. 75% by April 6th. 50% by April 13th. 25% by April 20th. No refunds will be issued after April 20th.

Instructions

Fill out the online registration. If you have any questions please feel free to email the clinic coordinator Hanley Loller at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org. Students will sign a waiver when checking in at Ratliff Hole and minors will be emailed a form to have signed by them and their guardians in advance. 

Important Notes

Note 1: Recreational kayaks are inappropriate for whitewater. Most of the local sporting goods stores (Dicks, Cabela’s, Bass Pro-Shop, etc.) sell ONLY recreational kayaks. Whitewater kayaks can be purchased or rented locally. Canoe Kentucky in Frankfort (502-227-4492) offers a large selection of clothing, whitewater equipment, and new and used Jackson kayaks. They also usually have a special rental package for our clinic, but they are limited to their inventory. Call and ask for details. J&H Lanmark Store in Lexington (859-278-0730) is the local dealer for Dagger kayaks as well as whitewater clothing and accessories. If you have specific questions about new or used kayaks, these stores can offer excellent advice. Please let these retailers know that you will be attending the BWA clinic so that they can better assist you. BWA members get a 10% discount at these locations, so be sure to mention this if you are a member. 

Note 2: Borrowed equipment is provided by BWA members on a first come/first served basis. The sooner you return your application, the easier it will be to get borrowed gear. If you buy gear for the clinic, it is recommended to begin with a PFD, helmet and/or sprayskirt since these pieces of gear are critical and must fit properly to work properly. YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY GEAR BORROWED!!!! Take good care of borrowed gear and know who to return it to.

Note 3: You should feel free to contact the clinic coordinator, BWA vice-president Hanley Loller at VP@BluegrassWildwater.org with any specific questions or requests. Once the clinic apps are in, you will have a lead instructor and assistant instructors assigned to your class. Once your instructors have been assigned, try to direct all questions through them. The clinic coordinator and other clinic organizers are usually swamped with details. Directing questions to your instructors first in the weeks leading up to the clinic distributes the workload and helps the clinic run smoothly. 

Note 4: Have Fun!!! We want you to learn a lot at the clinic, but if you’re not having fun then you’re missing the point. We want the clinic to be a great experience for everyone involved, but we need your co-operation to meet that goal. 


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