2018 Kern River

Gold Medal Connections
Whitewater Skills Camps

Hone Your Whitewater Paddling Skills
our Kern River Gold Medal Camps
6-8 and April 9-11, 2018

Two 3-Day Whitewater Kayaking Instructional Intensives taught by veteran US Team Athletes and Coaches for Intermediate to Advanced Boaters.

Both camps this year continue to offer focused sessions dedicated to improving paddling technique. Slalom-specific boaters are encouraged to attend the April 6-8 camp, while both camps will explore slalom technique.

GMC reserves the right to cancel any session if water levels adversely impact instruction (refunds would be given in such cases).

Tom Long- Team USA Development Coach
Tren Long- Current USA Team Member

Chad Long- Former USA Team Member
Kenneth Long- Former USA Team Member
Anne Long- Former USA Team Member
Bob Campbell- USA Olympic Coach
Joe Jacobi - USA Olympic Gold Medalist

"I wish I could convey to others who have not done these camps
just how fun and beneficial they are."

~ Bill Triffet, April 2006


visit us at: GoldMedalConnections.com

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 22nd 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. Itís 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, 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.  These combinations allow 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, They 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 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
, who also offer lodging at discounted rates to Camp participants.

(includes instruction, presentations, 3 lunches, and 2 dinners)

April 6-8 & April 9-11 / 2018
$600.00* each 3-day Camp if paid in full by March 15, 2018**

*$575 registration plus a $25 per participant Government Land Use Fee
** $50 late registration fee added to all reservations made after 3/15/18

Discount lodging
is available for Camp participants
if booked before March 15th
Check the Kern Lodge website or for more details and reservations phone:
(760) 376-2223

Kayak Rentals & Paddling Gear:
Sierra South can rent gear to Gold Medal Camp participants (if needed 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 - no refunds after 3/15/18)



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