Aqua Program

Whitewater Kayaking

Emily Ruff, A’11 playing on a wave on the Pemi @ Bristol
Welcome to whitewater kayaking! This is a seriously fun sport, and we’d love to get you out on the water with us. If you’ve never been, you need to first get on a basic skills trip. The first step is to learn the basics at Mystic Lakes, second to get some ferrying practice in on a trip to Cohasset, and third to get out there as much as you can! We also run river trips on the weekends, often in cahoots with the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC). River trips vary in difficulty and require prior experience (which you could get from practicing down at Cohasset on our basic skills trips, or on a Beginner Instructional weekend trip).
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How to get on a trip: we post trips in the TMC Weekly each week, along with contact info for trip leaders. You should email the trip leader asap to confirm a spot on a trip. We also post these trips to the TMC Website’s Trip Page.
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TMC Kayaking Gear: TMC has 4 full sets of kayaking gear which are available for free to TMC members (boat+skirt+paddle+helmet+pfd+float bags+drytop+wetsuit). Gear is located in the TMC gear room at 17 Chetwynd. Contact the Gear Director to coordinate gear pick-up & drop off.
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Transportation: We like to use the TMC Trips Van (“Dr. Doom”, equipped with roof racks) to make our trips happen. If you’re leading a trip, you need to get your van certification in order so that you can reserve the van online for your trip.
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TRIPS
FIND OUT ABOUT UPCOMING TRIPS on the TMC Website’s Trip Page
Generally, you’ll meet at the TMC Gear Room, help your trip leader load up the van, get out on your trip, and return in time to help put all of the gear you used back in the gear room!
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Brookline Pool Sessions – Want to learn how to roll a kayak during the winter? Every Thursday night from 8:00-10:00 PM until April there will be a trip to the Brookline High School indoor pool where rolling will be taught! Sign up if you’re interested! It will be $10 a person for the cost of using the pool.
Basic Skills Trips @ Mystic Lakes – about a 10 minute drive from campus. You’ll learn the basics: wet exits, paddle strokes, edging. The more time you spend on the water, the better & more comfortable you’ll become. Get on as many of these trips as you can, just to spend more time in a boat! Whenever we have interest & qualified leaders, we can work on rolling during these times as well.
Intro to Whitewater Trips @ Cohasset – About 1 hr from campus. There’s a great class II tidal rapid forms when the tide comes in through a channel into a marsh… there’s a great standing wave for more experienced boaters to play on, and plenty of space for new boaters to learn about & practice ferrying, eddy turns, etc.
River Trips
We’re typically running rivers on the weekends. Trips vary in difficulty (~class II thru IV), as well as location. Watch the TMC Website’s Trip Page and the Weekly for info on upcoming trips!
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FUNDING
Thanks to a grant from Outdoor Nation, we’ve had a few extra dollars to help kick-start our program this year. Under this grant, we’ve had several trip leaders take a Swiftwater Rescue Course with Zoar Outdoor, and subsidized a TMC Beginner Instructional trip with the AMC. We’re currently working on a video project to follow up with that grant, and are planning to use some of our kayaking footage from this fall to apply for another grant for the coming year. If you’re interested in helping us get more funding, please contact our Aqua Director!
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Questions? Comments? Contact our Aqua Director