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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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