Whitewater Kayaking

About

If you like roller coasters and staying hydrated, this is the option for you! Whitewater Kayak Frosh is the most fast-paced and intimate option, with 10 froshies and 5 leaders. It kicks off with two pool sessions during the pre-frosh period where we will teach you the essential safety skills of T-rescues and paddle rolls, and maybe even play some kayak polo! On Saturday morning we will depart for the whitewater training ground of Parc D’eau Vive de Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to practice our skills on moving water. We will camp on the shore of the Rivière Rouge for the night, where we will continue to build our skills on beginner-friendly class II and III rapids Sunday and Monday. Due to the risk inherent to the activity, we ask all participants to be comfortable underwater and very strong swimmers.

Packing List

Sleeping bag – available to rent from the MOC for $3
Sleeping mat – available to rent from the MOC for $1
Swimsuit! YOU WILL BE SWIMMING!!! A LOT!!!
A towel, or multiple
FLEECE and other non-synthetic materials that you are ok with wearing in the water
Wetsuit and dry top (if you have them, if not we will give you a wetsuit)
A pair of shoes you don’t mind getting wet that will stay on your feet in moving water (NO crocs or flip flops)
Long sleeved clothing for evenings around the campfire
Socks and underwear
A pair of comfortable walking shoes
Rain jacket and rain pants (if you don’t have these, trash bags work ok)
Backpack large enough to fit all of your belongings
Pocket knife
Toiletries
Tupperware kit (The Clamshells from Rez work really well!)
Eating utensils
Sunscreen
Flashlight/headlamp
Bug spray
Water bottle
Sunglasses
Hat
Plastic bags for wet clothes
Camera

2019 Coord

Lowell

Trail Name – Whirlpool

Degree – U1 ArtSci, Chem/English major with Geology minor

Experience

I have been whitewater kayaking since high school and paddling since my wee years. I spent this summer teaching whitewater kayaking in Alaska, and I am Wilderness First Responder and Swift Water Rescue certified!

What song describes your soul?

“Sweet” by Brockhampton

If you could be any kind of tree, which one would you be and why?

I would be a cedar because they have the connotation of being a very friendly, unique, sturdy tree

Voted most likely to…

Fall asleep on lunch break

Facts –

Watermelon’s good

I adore the sweet melon

I also enjoy haiky

 

2019 Leaders

Jean-Pierre

 

 

Trail Name – Watermelon

Degree – Second year Master’s in Neuroscience

Experience

I’ve been a raft guide on rivers in BC, and switched to kayaking 3 years ago. Last summer I also lead a rafting trip down the Grand Canyon!

Voted most likely to…

Wear a watermelon as a helmet (true story, don’t try this at home kids)

Memorable Quote

“From motorcycles to kayaks, if it can be ridden, it shall be rode. For I looked upon the world and it was mine to ride.”

Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trail Name – Bendy Straw

Degree – First year Master’s in Experimental Medicine

Experience

I learned to kayak with the MOC three years ago, and it’s been a downward spiral every since! Ask me about the rivers in West Virginia!

Voted most likely to…

Run the whole rapid upside down

Memorable Quote

“When I’m not drowning in work, I like to be drowning in water!”

Alice Bouchard

Permanent mom friend, part time scientist, full time party.

 

 

 

 

 

Mathew Plouffe

“Some say I have the charm of a potato, but what is a potato if not unfulfilled dreams? Within me lie your greatest loves and comforts. It is, after all, from the humble potato that we receive bountiful harvests such as poutine, fries, and weird postal stories.”