2010 Kern River Gold Medal Camps are now FULL

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Hone Your Whitewater Paddling Skills
at the Kern River Gold Medal Camps

April 8-11 and April 13-16
, 2010
Four Days of Instruction from
Veteran U.S. Paddlers and Coaches
for Intermediate to Advanced Boaters

Joe Jacobi- Olympic Gold Medalist
Bob Campbell- Former Olympic Team Coach
Tom Long- National Development Coach

Chad Long-Former US National Team Memeber

visit us at: GoldMedalConnections.com

"I wish I could convey to others who have not done these camps just how fun and beneficial they are."
~ Bill Triffet, April 2006

What past Gold Medal clients say....

"I appreciated the layering of skill practice, starting with basic technique and building up from there, breaking everything down to the core skills.I was really surprised at how many of those core skills I hadn't been taught before. Your explanations helped my comprehension and gave me clear goals to take away."


"The technical sessions were definitely worthwhile. After almost 10 years of paddling, I hadn't realized
how sloppy my skills were."


"I was very impressed with the coaches' ability to dissect our performances within seconds. The repetition drills and running lines were great because you get immediate feedback and then could adjust to see improvement. The video was the best - it really shows me what
I am doing on the water."


" I really liked improving the strokes I knew, while learning new ones at the same time. Working and drilling on the river sessions was really good too. It expanded my thinking about what a ferry is and how to use it in different situations."

Join us for our 14th season of discovering California's remarkable Kern River Valley. This unique 4-day program offers progressive whitewater instruction to paddlers of all skill levels, ages 15 and up. Itís your opportunity to work with Olympic-level instructors in one of the finest whitewater venues in America.

Through the paddling medium, the coaches use their whitewater slalom backgrounds, techniques and philosophies to introduce a repertoire of fundamental and precision skills designed to help boaters better their performance in any and all forms of paddling.

Each four-day camp includes two on-water sessions each day. Video analysis and daily off-water presentations are also included in the program. The teaching sites provide a full range of options, from calm moving water ideal for isolating technique, to invigorating whitewater rapids with standing waves and deep eddies.  The combination allows for a world-class whitewater learning experience, whether you have been paddling one year or many.

Along with their technical insights, the coaches offer a fun-filled approach to learning, They outline many concepts used in top-level competition, while keeping them in familiar, river running contexts. Group sizes are small enough so they can pay a lot of attention to each individualís progress.

Participants should have some previous (novice level) paddling experience and be comfortable on easy (class II) moving water. A solid river roll, while encouraged, is NOT a requirement for these camps.

If you have specific questions about the camp, please write to: info@goldmedalconnections.com

Kern River sites in and around Kernville, California
The Camps will be hosted by and based at the Kern Lodge

(includes all instruction and presentations, four lunches and three dinners)

$625.00* per camp, if paid in full by March 1, 2010
$675.00* per camp, if paid after March 1, 2010
(*a $25 Govít Land Use Fee will be additionally charged to each participant)

Discount lodging
is available for Camp participants
if booked before March 1st
Check the Kern Lodge website or for more details and reservations phone: 800-924-8817 /
(760) 376-2223

Kayak Rentals & Paddling Gear:
Sierra South is offering a 10% discount on all purchases and rentals to Gold Medal Camp participants (during your session). Try out the latest kayak models. Call to reserve. 800-376-7303 or info@sierrasouth.com

Through Sierra South Paddle Sports
phone: 800-457-2082 or
(760) 376-3745 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm
($100 non-refundable deposit required)



"The general whitewater instruction was superb.
Slalom technique has its applications
and most people can apply the overall aspects to their everyday whitewater activities."