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Laurel Highlands High School Kayak Pool Session

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Learn how to kayak with Wilderness Voyageurs, WELS and American Canoe Association Pennsylvania.

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.

For more information contact Steve Barber, Jim Engel or Ben Scoville.

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.

 

Adult Waiver

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1 week ago

ACA - Pennsylvania

Free flowing rivers are good for paddlers too!What if your river (and all rivers) flowed freely from source to sea? This video production may change your perception and perspective of the role your river plays in ecosystem health.

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ACA - Pennsylvania

Your ACA-PA Deputy Director made a splash tonight!Four years ago, our Mighty Susquehanna called me back home. I had been living in upstate New York for 17 years, initially in a log cabin in the Adirondacks (trust me on this, that is not as idyllic as it sounds, that one’s now off the bucket list) and then later in the Catskills in the hippy-dippy-free-spirited town of New Paltz.

As I would journey home to my family in Hershey and travel next to our Susquehanna, she would talk to me, nudge me, splash me a bit, and remind me of our connection. I grew up loving this river. I could read her rapids like some people read books.

In 2015, she summoned me back to Pennsylvania to be her voice, and for the past four years, I could think of no job I’d rather be doing than be her Keeper.

I am honored to accept this award ... but not just for me. It belongs to each and everyone of us.

Someone once said that it takes a village to raise a child. I propose that it takes a watershed to raise a river, especially one as wild and unpredictable as this one.

So thank you to everyone here who partnered with me and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association to amplify the voice. We are being heard.

Thank you to my Board of Directors who never know if they should rein me in or cast me back out. (I suggest the latter.)

Thank you to our funders and sponsors and donors who believe in and believed in us, even when we were just a nonprofit concept on a piece of paper.

Thank you to our river explorers — on our Floating Classroom uncovering science, inside helping me to write the next book for young river stewards, and even in our prisons creating future community leaders.

Next time you’re by the river, take a moment and glance at your reflection as she flows by. Congratulate that person in nature’s mirror. Together, all of us made a difference these past four years. Together, as the MEN AND WOMEN of the Susquehanna, we’ll BE the difference for the next four years and beyond.

The river says thank you. And I do too. Thank you for this recognition.
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