Intermediate Progressive Learning Package (PLP)
Starting each month, May to September
All in one month of paddling, this program takes you on a big step into paddling class lll white water. You will build confidence in your skills, increase your comfort level in challenging rapids, and plan your own river excursions. With a friendly, certified instructor, you will follow the Intermediate progression of skills along with a group of similarly-skilled paddlers.
The PLP requires a month-long commitment, including every weekend and at least one week night each week. Package programs begin the first weekend of every month of the season, May through October. If you are unable to commit to the PLP, check out our intermediate kayaking package.
The program schedule is as follows. (Because our groups are limited to 4 or 5 students, we sometimes can vary the schedule to accommodate the group’s needs).
- Week I: On the first weekend, we meet Saturday and Sunday afternoons for running the Potomac at the Chutes and S-Turn. After assessing students skills, and reviewing basic strokes, we’ll focus on the skills you need to improve. On Thursdays, we meet at Lock 6 for a Slalom Workout or at Anglers for a Chutes Workout.
- Week II: The next Saturday on the River Run river classes we work on rolling in more adverse conditions and knowing how to make good decisions running rapids. We meet at the Lock 6 Feeder Canal on Thursday evening for another stroke and rolling technique class.
- Week III: This week, the River Run the Potomac class will take you to another challenging part of the river and another Thursday evening stroke session to sharpen your skills.
- Week IV: We’ll take an overnight trip on a trip to the Lower Yough or the Cheat Canyon. If you haven’t joined one of our river trips, you really can’t miss this one, to test your skills in these beautiful settings only be a few hours away from DC.
Cost comparison: The Intermediate PLP costs $650 and provides a total of 34 hrs of instruction in small (5:1) groups under the guidance of a friendly, ACA certified instructor. At $20/hr., this package is a considerable savings over individual classes and far less than any comparable program. It includes all necessary equipment and free practice on Tuesdays. Why pay more?
Prerequisites: Our Advanced Beginner / Low Intermediates PLP or River Classes, or equivalent: reliable flat water roll and emerging combat roll, self-rescue skills, comfort with ferrying, peel outs and eddy turns, comfort in class II rapids.
Go to our registration page to sign up and consult the calendar for dates.