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Kayak Roll Sessions at Uniontown High School

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High School

Kayak Roll Sessions are happening at Uniontown High School.



Roll sessions are the gateway into kayaking.

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High SchoolIIt’s such a fantastic gateway into the world of whitewater and fortunately for the kids at Uniontown High School the Youghiogheny River is 17 miles away. The Youghiogheny River has multiple sections for for kayakers of intermediate to advanced abilities. It’s a fantastic river to learn how to kayak on and a river that will challenge the abilities of even the best boaters well into their paddling careers.

Fayette County Pennsylvania has a thriving tourism industry in Ohiopyle State Park.

At Uniontown High School Jim Engel and Ben Scoville have spearheaded a roll session that not only introduces young people to the world of whitewater through kayaking, but also offers an opportunity for employment into the outdoor tourism industry of Ohiopyle State Park on the Youghiogheny River.

Jim Engel is a local Pastor at St. Peter’s Church in Uniontown and is active in the WELS program that gets kids out in nature while introducing them to the benefits of rafting, climbing and more that Ohiopyle State Park has to offer. He is great with the kids and brings his energetic and sage like guidance to our area youth.

Ben Scoville is the river manager at Wilderness Voyageurs and is an incredible boater, raft guide and SUP paddler in his own right and is really doing the heavy lifting, literally for the roll session. He brings about 15 kayaks, paddles and spray skirts in and strapped on a van every Monday to the roll session and enables the students to check out various sized boats to get the right fit to start the learning process of kayaking. He’s the man. He also teaches kayaking along with Jim and another instructor Zach Sipe.

Zach Sipe is a local in Uniontown who teaches in the Laurel Highlands School District. He also works at Wilderness Voyageurs and is a seasoned kayaker and raft guide on the Youghiogheny.

These roll sessions are extremely important to the community and our area youth.

Kayaking Roll Session at Uniontown High SchoolIWe can only say a generous heartfelt thank you to people that help make this happen like Debbie Rittenhouse Curriculum Coordinator at Uniontown High School and the Maintenance people as well. We could not do this without you giving us a chance. The best chance though is for our community to enter into this world of kayaking with education and experience. Then our young people can take pride in their area and teach the tourists that come here with first hand experience.

Kayak Roll Sessions at Uniontown High School


For more information on Uniontown Kayak Roll Sessions contact Jim Engel


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ACA - Pennsylvania

NEW(T) FILM ANNOUNCMENT!!! – Link in bio.

Travel through the forest and beneath the water’s surface in @freshwatersIllustrated 's new film MARCH OF THE NEWTS! This short film offers a unique look into the wild lives of newts and brings attention to an emerging pathogen that threatens their existence. This film is a call to action so if you love newts and salamanders as much as we do please share and help spread the word!

To learn more about what you can do to help protect salamanders and newts please visit

Produced in collaboration with the Bsal Task Force.

A special thanks goes out to @jennahstillman for her incredible hiking skills!


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Does your child's PFD fit properly? And if not, do you know what to look for in a proper fit?

In this episode of Paddling with Kids, Ken Whiting explains the key features to look for when purchasing a lifejacket for your child.

Produced in partnership with the ACA: Canoe - Kayak - SUP - Raft - Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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We're getting down to the last two whitewater releases on the awesome Upper Yough, The water levels have been incredible this season and it looks like the last two releases will be the same.

I still have a few spaces on this Friday's trip and an room on the last Monday trip of the season. Give us a call to lock in your last rafting adventure of the 2018 season. I'm offering great deals for the Monday clean out the fridge trip and last one of the season.

Give us a call to lock in the savings and have one last awesome adventure of the year. Call 800 477 3723 and mention all rafting to secure your savings and space.
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We Have a W I N N E R !

This morning on Newsradio 1070 WKOK Sunrise with Mark Lawrence, we announced that we were giving away two tickets to this Sunday's Dumplings at Dusk event on the Hiawatha Paddlewheel Riverboat to the first person who could correctly identify the name of the John Denver song from which these lyrics come:

"Let the mountain speak, let the rivers run
As the world awakes to the rising sun."

The correct answer is:
Healing Time on Earth

Congratulations to Barb Spaventa from Northumberland!

Not familiar with this one? Take a listen here:

The song is quite appropriate for these times. We hope that Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner will perform this one for us during our one-hour cruise and her live tribute to John Denver.

Please join us as we show our River Love (and eat lots of carbs too!).

Tickets can be purchased through our website:

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