Gold Medal Camp
Bob Campbell - Former Olympic Team Coach
Tom Long - National Development Coach
Chad Long - US National Team Member
Kenneth Long - US National Team Member
Anne Long - Past US National Team Member
Join Gold Medal Connections for their annual season of discovering California's remarkable Kern River Valley. These unique 3-day programs offer progressive whitewater instruction to paddlers of all skill levels, ages 15 and up. It’s your opportunity to work with Olympic-level instructors in one of the finest whitewater venues in America.
Through these customized camps, the coaches use their whitewater slalom backgrounds, technical insights 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 camp includes two on-water sessions daily. Video analysis and 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 observations, the coaches offer a fun-filled approach to learning, outline many concepts used in top-level competition, while keeping them in familiar, river running contexts. Group sizes are small enough so attention can be given to each individual’s 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.