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We have fantastic world class whitewater on the Yoghiogheny river in Ohiopyle State Park. It’s a fantastic river and has great class III-IV whitewater for rafting and kayaking. We want you to be a part of it and kayaking is a great start.
There will be a 5 week kayak instruction session to teach you how to kayak.
You will have access to 4 different kayak instructors with decades of whitewater experience.
Ben Scoville River Manager of Wilderness Voyageurs is bringing 10-12 kayaks, paddles and spray skirts so you can have access to the equipment to paddle and learn the strokes. This is a great opportunity and the boats will be varying sizes to fit many body types.
Jim Engel is a local Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Uniontown and runs the WELS program that gets our local Fayette County young people in nature rafting, biking and hiking during a spring program.
Steve Barber is a local paddler in Hopwood who has been involved in the whitewater tourism industry in Fayetteville West Virginia and Ohiopyle for 23 years. He’s a Level 4 ACA certified Swiftwater Rescue Instructor and the ACA State Director for Pennsylvania.
Zach Sipe is a local paddler and Raft Guide at Wilderness Voyageurs along with being maybe better known as an amazing science teacher at Laurel Highlands High School.
We all are volunteering our time to get you you excited about kayaking. Along the way we want to give you experience about Swiftwater Rescue Techniques to educate you how to carry yourself on and around whitewater rivers. We also want to let you know the opportunities of employment on the Youghiogheny river and in Ohiopyle State Park. There is a million dollar tourism industry 17 miles away and it’s a great summer job.
The kayak classes will be in the Laurel Highlands Pool from March 13th to April 10th on Monday evenings from 7:00pm-11pm.
A $5 donation to attend the session helps us pay for the lifeguard and gas money to get the boats back and forth from Ohiopyle. Parents are encourage to sign the waiver for their children of course, but hang out in the bleachers and watch what is going on. We’d love to have you and answer any questions you may have.
Previously this spring we had a great Kayak Session at Uniontown High School. Check out more on the Uniontown High School Kayak Session.
Waivers are required to participate.
We have waivers at the pool and you can also fill out the waivers online and just show them to us on your phone at the pool or we can check our email.