CMC offers class in Leadville

If you’ve ever wanted to develop the knowledge, ability and leadership skills necessary to instruct and safely lead a group on a whitewater paddling experience using either whitewater rafts or kayaks, a course offered in April The Colorado Mountain College campus in Leadville could make it possible.

The course will be taught by Bill MacDougald, lead instructor, who has over 30 years of whitewater experience rafting and kayaking dozens of rivers in the U.S. He is an American Canoe Association whitewater kayak instructor and an experienced swift-water rescue instructor. He has worked as a commercial river guide for two decades and has traversed the Grand Canyon 17 times.

Students will engage in an intensive course in all things whitewater, from guiding paddle and oar-frame river rafts to a solid introduction to whitewater kayaking. Content will cover river safety, equipment, common industry standards, guiding river rafts and whitewater kayaking. Field sessions will take place on a variety of river venues including the Arkansas and Colorado rivers.

In addition to tuition, there is a $523 course charge that covers equipment, food and travel costs.

This course is open to the public and there are no prerequisites. However, participants must be at least 17 years old on the first day of class to take this course.

This is an ideal course for recreational and aspiring whitewater boaters, aspiring river rafting guides/recreationalists, whitewater kayakers and people interested in becoming a whitewater instructor or working in a program that offers whitewater activities of any kind.

A pre-course meeting will be held from 5:30 to 6:20 p.m. April 10. Participants will then have two sessions in the field, one from 9 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. April 23 and another from 8 am. To 4:50 p.m. April 24.

The course is open to the public, and non-degree seeking students are encouraged to call 719-486-2015 to register or learn more.