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Whitewater Kayak Guide Course – Fall Break

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Date(s) - Thu, Oct. 5 - Sun, Oct. 8
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

New River, WV


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Learn advanced paddling, teaching, and guiding skills while paddling class III/IV rapids. Instructor permission required.


Must have a reliable combat roll (read 9 out of 10)  in class III whitewater.  Must be comfortable on the Ocoee river or similar style/difficulty class III river. Email Trey Knight, with questions about skill/experience requirements.

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Friday Sept. 29th

Register online or in person (in the Outdoor Center, lower level of TRECS between 12-6pm, M through F)

$159. includes all equipment, instruction, food, camping, and transportation

New & Lower Gauley Rivers


Join long time American Canoe Association (ACA) instructor trainer and Outdoor Recreation Coordinator, Trey Knight, for an intensive 4 day instructor/guide training course.  If your are looking to hone your paddling and teaching skills (perhaps with dreams of working on the river as a guide), this is the course for you!

With 4 days on the New and Lower Gauley rivers of West Virginia, you’ll learn student centered padding instruction, group management, swiftwater rescue, and paddling fundamentals taken to a new level.

While paddling class IV bigwater, Trey teaches you how to understand your paddling skills and techniques so that you really know how paddling works, which makes you a great teacher and with the nice benefit of becoming a really solid paddler, better then before the course.  

Learn to master maneuvers like the pivot turn, jet ferry, and back ferry.  We will run rapids backwards to refine our river reading skills and practice complicated rescues in big water.

This course is for you
Your want to take your paddling to the next level
Be able to teach your friends to whitewater kayak
Work for the Outdoor Program or other outfitter as a kayak instructor or guide


This course is not for you
If your have never paddled class III rivers
Do not have a reliable combat roll
Are uncomfortable swimming class III rapids
Don’t like working with people


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Have a question?
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How to register for a trip
sign up online via My RecSports or stop by the TRECS Outdoor Program area or . You can pay with Mastercard, Visa, cash, check, or Vol Card, .

What does the trip cost include?
When you pay for a trip, you get all equipment, transportation, and instruction, On overnight trips, you also get plenty of tasty food and camping included.

Need to know about trip refunds? Experience Levels? Other things?
Learn about refund policies, experience levels, bringing a guest, and other general trip information here.

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