***All in-person CW Events and classes have been cancelled or postponed****
This includes Movie Night, Spring Dinner, and Training Camp

Due to the fluid situation with the Covid-19 virus, we will be cancelling or postponing this event.  These events may be rescheduled later in the year.

64th Annual Training Camp - May 15-17, 2020

- More information will be available soon, and registration will open by March 15.  (Cancelled).           - Early registration will end April 15.  

The First BIG Whitewater Event of 2020


Training Camp is Colorado Whitewater’s greatest annual event, in terms of both size and scope.  About 200 people usually attend this weekend long fun-fest to:
  • Improve their paddling skills on moving water with ACA certified instructors (Saturday and Sunday).
  • Share family-friendly off water fun and laughs with paddling friends, old and new.
  • Enjoy Friday night kayak “porn” (movies of kayakers doing things that most of us never dream of doing!)
  • Support Colorado Whitewater in this largest fund raising event of the year.
  • Enjoy 2 fabulous catered meals (Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast) to feed your starving kayaker soul. 
  • Dance the night away Saturday evening with live music from Toyko Rodeo!
  • Get your paddling season rolling!

Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, May 15-17, 2020

Cotopaxi Arkansas River KOA Kampground, in Cotopaxi Colorado 

Cotopaxi lies in Colorado's South-Central Rocky Mountains right on the Arkansas River, on US Highway 50 between Salida (to the west) and Canon City (to the east).
  • Tent camping is readily available and RV’s are welcome on a first come, first served basis. Both RV and tent camping are included in the registration fees so there is no need to make an individual reservation.
  • If you don’t care to camp, the KOA has a variety of other accommodations available but the fees are not included in Training Camp fees. Please contact the KOA directly and make a reservation with them.  All rooms sell out every year, so book early!
Who Can Attend
  • If you’re not taking, teaching or supporting a class, you’re very much welcome to participate in all other activities (movies, food, camping, live music and party) as a FUN HOG for just $50 (this covers camping fees and catered food). You’re welcome to arrange your own river trip or other activities while CW classes are taking place, or just hang out and enjoy the KOA.
  • You must be a Colorado Whitewater member to participate in on-water activities with the club at this event (for insurance purposes). Your membership must be current through May 17, 2020.  To join or renew, click here.
  • Families, friends and children are welcome, whether they are boating or not.  Children must be under adult supervision at all times.  
  • Kayaking kids who have some paddling experience, but are not already enrolled in the CW Kids Paddling Team must be 12 years or older by May 2020, weigh at least 50 lbs and must be accompanied in classes by a parent.  
  • Dogs must be leashed and supervised at all times.
  • Please see participation fees listed in the next section.

Speaking of Dogs…

  • The KOA is pet friendly and has a small fenced-in dog run for supervised play time, but they do have specific, strictly enforced policies including these 3 that dog owners MUST abide by:
  1. We do not permit unattended, aggressive, or noisy animals.
  2. A six foot leash is required at all times, everywhere in the park, including down by the river.
  3. Dogs cannot be tethered to trees or other vegetation
  4. Dog walker needed: If anyone plans to hang around camp and can keep an eye on dogs, please reach out to Terra Hoover. Two people who can split the days in half or each take a day might be nice. Let me know! Thanks!

Fees – How Much Does This Thing Cost?

Training Camp Participant Type  Cost
Standard Training Camp Participant  
     • Early Bird - Register by April 15, 2020 $125
     • Register by May 9, 2020 $170
     • You’re Late! - Register After May 9, 2020 $200
CW Student Discount
(w/enrollment in multi-day CW Class - Register by April 29, 2020)*
CW Kids' Paddling Team Member $80
Fun Hog
(friends/family who are not boating with a TC class)
Instructors and On-Water Volunteers $25


NOTE: The last day to register is May 15, 2019. 

What You Get for Your Money:

  • 2 all day on-river training sessions with ACA certified instructors
  • Tent / car / RV camping at the KOA
  • 2 FABULOUS catered meals: Saturday evening Dinner and Sunday morning breakfast
  • Live music and dancing on Saturday evening after dinner provided by Tokyo Rodeo
  • Friday night kayak flicks, Sunday morning awards, a bunch of new friends and...
  • ...a ton of fun all weekend long!
*Student Discount
For kayaking participants who are also participating in any other CW multi-day paid instruction in 2019, Training Camp is discounted to $125! You must register for the multi day class prior to registering for Training Camp so your participation can be verified.

Register for Training Camp 2020!   Link coming soon!!
Kayaker’s Skill Categories
PLEASE be conservative when evaluating your skills!

Boaters who have overestimated their abilities may be asked move to a different class or even to leave the river.  This is at the discretion of the Instructors and is intended to ensure the safety of the entire group. Besides, it’s much more fun to be at the top of your class rather than the bottom, losing your confidence and swimming every 30 yards or so, right?

Please Note: there is NO FLAT WATER INSTRUCTION at this event, everything we do will be discussion on dry land or practice in moving water.  If you are not ready for moving water, this is not the event for you.

You can BECOME qualified to participate in this event by:

* Volunteering note: We would love anyone at C or D levels to help lead or sweep courses. If you’re going to take a class one day, you do need to pay the full tuition.

Gear Note: Participants are required to provide their own modern kayaking equipment, including a full sized kayak. Play-boats are not appropriate for learning river skills in most of the classes offered (with the obvious exception of the play-boating classes!), and your instructor reserves the right to refuse service if your gear is not appropriate or safe. Our intent is not to exclude participation but to provide a safe environment that promotes learning for all. There are many options around Denver for gear rentals if needed.

Click here for a full resolution PDF of the Skill Categories
Course Offering 2020

Most classes will be separated into groups of 8 students and availability is first come, first served. This year the there are two 2 day courses: Intro to River Kayaking for level A students and Advanced Instruction for level D students. All others please be sure to indicate your class preference for Saturday AND Sunday. 

  • This year course signup will be separate from basic registration. We are trying a new system with signup.com which will allow students to see who will be instructing as well as other class participants. If you want to be with a friend, you can now coordinate which sessions to join.  You will receive an email from our Training Camp Director with instructions on how to see and choose your classes. Please allow a few days for the director to add you to the signup system. Instructor information will be added as we finalize details by early April. You will be allowed to update your class choices at any time with this new system.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather.  It could be 80 degrees, it could pour rain, it could snow. Seriously. Be prepared.
  • If you're a newer boater, make sure your boat FITS YOU and you have the 5 essentials (kayak, paddle, spray skirt, helmet and PFD) and appropriate clothing.

On Water Volunteers

  • Must be competent in Class III whitewater at a minimum
  • Must register on line for a $25 fee (to help defray costs of meals and camping)
  • Instructors are being asked to recruit their own support teams. If an instructor has asked you to assist with their class, please indicate who that instructor is when registering.
  • If you have not been asked to assist, we are still in need of volunteers with Class III or better boating skills and rescue experience.
  • The number of volunteers may be capped without notice!
Must Bring:
  • Full sized kayak (unless playboating)
  • Rescue vest
  • Throw rope
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • First aid kit
Must be familiar with:
  • Boat based rescue techniques for people and equipment
  • Boat recovery techniques
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Swimmer rescues and assists
  • Current CPR and First Aid certifications
  • Recent swift water rescue training

If you don’t want to take a class or volunteer with one, please consider registering as a Fun Hog.

Please keep in mind that this is a fund raising event, and the proceeds allow Colorado Whitewater to sponsor conservation activities such as river cleanups, special events, and helping protect and fix neglected or abused sections of rivers we've grown to love. Even though we are an all-volunteer organization, we are able to promote the sport of whitewater kayaking for all abilities - from newbies to the more experienced. Your support helps provide our members with ACA certified instructors, allows for discounted swiftwater safety classes, free CPR/First Aid training, and so much more!

Other Stuff You'll Need to Know If You Haven't Been to Training Camp Before

Cash registrations will NOT BE ACCEPTED at Training Camp - Not from Volunteers or anyone. 

But there will be other opportunities to spend cash, so don't leave your wallet at home!
  • Please register early so you don't miss out on the class you want! Plus, you'll save money.
  • Be prepared for any kind of weather.  It could be 80 degrees, it could pour rain, it could snow. Seriously. Be prepared.
  • If you're a newer boater, make sure your boat FITS YOU and you have the 5 essentials (kayak, paddle, spray skirt, helmet and PFD).
  • We will have catered meals for dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning.  You'll need to provide all other snacks,  meals and beverages. 
  • There is a liquor store in Cotopaxi and the campground has a little store but there aren't many "real food" options so bring what you need and like.
  • State Parks Passes cannot be bought at camp this year. They need to be purchased beforehand at the Colorado Parks and Wildlife site.
  • All volunteers and participants will receive a schedule and details by email the week of the event.
  • No matter what else you do, be prepared to have an AWESOME weekend!
  • There is very limited cell service and spotty Internet service at the KOA. It is best to expect you will be offline for the majority of the weekend.
There is a ton of information here!  Please read carefully and if your question is not answered in this posting you can email Training Camp Director Terra Hoover. Please include your phone number and best time to reach you.

Click Here to Register for Training Camp 2020!  - Coming Soon!

Thank You to Our Event Sponsors:
You could win great, new gear! Thanks to these awesome companies:

 Contact us if you want to sponsor as well!

Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  455 Sherman Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203

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