|John Karch explaining whitewater basics to a pool full of students.|
This is our spawning ground. We started learning to paddle here eight years ago. We were awestruck by the skill and generosity of our instructors, who volunteered their Sunday evenings teaching us to paddle and roll and let us borrow their boats and gear.
|A few months later, they were out on their first river trips.|
|Culminating in a trip to Wisconsin's Wolf and Peshtigo Rivers.|
This year, we are the lead instructors at the West Cook Y. (Full disclosure: We're substituting for our our whitewater mentor, John Karch, who isn't available every Sunday this year but whom we expect to take the course back from us when he can.) It only took us nine weeks to realize that we could post our handouts on our blog, saving paper and ink and making the material more widely available.
So that's what we're doing here. Below you will find handouts on hypothermia, safe river kayaking, gear checklists and more.
|Hypothermia - from the Wilderness Medical Associates Field Guide.|
|The American Canoe Association "Paddler's Checklist."|
|The ACA's Guidelines for river paddling.|