Clinics

Due to web site technical difficulties, please email awc.clinics@gmail.com to register or get more information about the clinics.

Upcoming Clinics

AWC Summer Clinics and Potluck  –  June 10-11, Pilar NM

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course  –  June 12-13, Pagosa Springs CO, Sponsored by AWC

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Certification Workshop  –  June 12-16, Pagosa Springs CO, Sponsored by AWC

Adobe Whitewater Club Summer Clinic & Potluck – June 10 Details:

 Kayak – Canoe – Raft

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico Summer clinics and potluck will be held on the weekend of June 10 at the Taos Junction Bridge near Pilar (directions are below.)

 

Saturday, June 10th starting at 9:00am, we will have beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate kayaking clinics, a kid’s clinic, and a canoe clinic, all led by ACA certified instructors. The beginner kayak, canoe and the kid’s clinics will be held on the State Park section of the Rio Grande. The intermediate clinics will be conducted on the Race Course.

Saturday evening after the clinics (around 6:00pm) we will have a potluck dinner at the Taos Junction Bridge Campground Pavilion. These cook outs are great fun – even if you don’t attend the clinics, come out for an evening of socializing, meeting other boaters, and enjoying the sound of the river! Bring your favorite meal to share, your own beverages and serving utensils. While there are tables and seating at the pavilion, you may wish to bring your own. There is a fireplace there so bring a little firewood if you have it. (Camping is free at the Taos Junction Bridge campground Friday and Saturday nights for AWC members.)

Sunday, we encourage everyone to hit the river for a paddle. AWC will not formally be organizing anything, so it will be up to people in the community to network and organize among themselves.

AWC is providing free camping to AWC members Friday and Saturday nights at the Taos Junction Bridge campground. We have reserved the area around the pavilion and on the shelf below. Camping or parking at individual campsites is not included and requires a separate site fee. The TJB camp area has potable water and flush toilets. The Rio Bravo campsite located just down the road has coin operated hot showers and a utility sink for washing dishes that you can also use.

The clinics have been fully booked the past several years so pre-registration is required. Please email awc.clinics@gmail.com to reserve a spot and get registration and payment instructions.

  • For kayak classes, you must bring your own boat, paddle, PFD, skirt, helmet, boat flotation and appropriate clothing.
  • Canoes and paddles are provided for canoe clinic, but students must still bring their own PFD, helmet and appropriate clothing.
  • Bring your own food, water and camping equipment.

CLINIC COSTS for AWC Members:

Adult (18 years and over) $30

Students (11 – 17 years)  $15

Kids (8 – 10 years old)     FREE

ACA Event Insurance (mandatory)

$0 for ACA members

$5 for non-ACA members

The clinics are open to AWC members only. If you are not a current AWC member, please join or renew! Annual membership is only $15 per family and the fees are invested directly back into our local paddling community.

Membership in the AWC also allows you a discount on ACA (American Canoe Association) membership. This discount reduces ACA Individual Membership to $30 and Family Membership to $40. To get this discount when joining on the ACA website, chose the second bullet PAC Individuals and Families when asked to Select Your ACA Membership Type. Then, select Adobe Whitewater Club from the dropdown menu when asked for your Paddle America Club.
If you are not a member of the American Canoe Association (ACA), you will need to pay $5 for ACA event insurance for each person registering.

Directions to Taos Junction Bridge Campground and Pavilion:

From State Road 68, turn west onto NM 570 at Pilar and follow it north until you reach the Taos Junction bridge. Cross the river – the campground & pavilion are just past the bridge, up the hill and to the left. Approximate coordinates for the Pavilion: 36.336152, -105.735040

 

ACA Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course June 12-13, for SWR class and June 12-16 for SWR insturctor 2017 Details:

The Adobe Whitewater Club of New Mexico is hosting a two-day ACA Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course in Pagosa Springs, Colorado June 12-16, 2017.

The Swiftwater Rescue course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Pre-registration is required. Please email awc.clinics@gmail.com to reserve a spot and get registration and payment instructions.

SWR Skills Course COST:

AWC Member: $100

Non-AWC Members: $150

SWR Instructor Course COST:

AWC Member: $250

Non-AWC Members: $375

(AWC annual membership is $15 per family. Membership fees are invested directly back into our local paddling community.)

ACA Event Insurance (mandatory)

$0 for ACA members

$5 for non-ACA members

Equipment:

Minimum personal equipment for SWR skills course: PFD designed for whitewater use, whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water, protective footwear, boat, paddle, whistle, throw rope, 15+ feet of one inch tubular nylon webbing, 2 locking carabiners, and 2 prusik loops.

Lodging:

Students need to arrange their own lodging or camping in Pagosa Springs.