Students can expect to learn flat water and moving water strokes and boat handling skills, hydrology and river reading, trip planning and logistics for downriver paddling trips, and leadership and membership strategies within a group of paddlers. During the paddling sessions, risk management and safety topics will be shared and discussed, leading to the development of self-rescue skills in the event of a boat capsize. Later in the week, students will learn and practice techniques to help others in distress and how to manage capsized boats, boats pinned in the river, and lead and assist rescues. Students will learn techniques to swim rapids, use throw bags to rescue others, and to perform simple rescues.
About the Instructor
Darron Laughland began his love for lakes and rivers canoeing with scouts and his family which led to training as a whitewater raft guide, whitewater kayaking and canoeing, then the world of swiftwater rescue. He has been teaching whitewater kayaking and canoeing and guiding flat water and rafting trips for over two decades, and instructs swiftwater and flood rescue courses for recreational paddlers, whitewater raft guides and fire rescue personnel. Darron is an American Canoe Association and Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Instructor, Licensed Raft Guide in Maine and New York, EMT, Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Instructor for the NH Fire Academy, and founding member of the White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team.
In the event you cannot attend the MWV School to Career camp you may be entitled to a refund. You will receive a full refund as long as you provide written notice (letter or email) no less than 30 days prior to the start of the camps. If you notify us less than 30 days from the start of the camps you will receive a 50% refund. No refund will be issued if you cancel less than 14 days from the camp start date.
This week long course provides students interested in outdoor professions or exploring paddle sports as a leisure pursuit, an opportunity to develop boat handing and judgement and leadership skills.
The five day program will include a day learning basic wilderness first aid topics and CPR, a day of flat water canoeing, a day of whitewater canoeing, a day of river safety and rescue skills, and a day of whitewater kayaking. Students may earn a CPR card and an American Canoe Association Essentials of River Safety and Rescue card.
Dates & Time
July 10, 2023 - July 14, 2023. This camp generally takes place from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM, but the time may vary due to field trips and other variables.
8, 9, 10
Based at Kennett High School
The 2023 camps are being offered FREE of charge thanks to a grant, but you're welcome to make a donation to support the nonprofit Mt. Washington Valley School to Career Partnership. The value of this camp is $150.
This camp has a capacity of 9 campers. Select your payment amount below to see current number of spots available.
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