Clinics

Each Friday evening at River Jam, the U.S. National Whitewater Center offers beginners and experts alike the chance to learn more about the outdoors through Clinics. Covering a variety of topics including mountain biking, backcountry camping, reading whitewater, native wildlife, and more, guests at each free clinic will receive the skills and insight to take on their next outdoor adventure. Each clinic will last an hour and begin at 6:30pm. Afterwards, stick around for live music, craft beer, and more at River Jam. Stay tuned for the 2019 Clinics schedule. Explore previous Clinics below.

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Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride

May 4

Mountain biking at the USNWC is for everyone, and the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride is a great way to explore and engage with other riders. This beginner-friendly ride will traverse portions of the USNWC trail system. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Packing for a Backcountry Trip

May 11

Before you pack up and head into the wild, learn about the gear you’ll need for a successful backcountry camping trip. This clinic will cover the basics of how to select a pack that fits you well, which gear you’ll want to bring, how to pack it all up properly.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Introduction to Trail Running

May 18

Trail Running is gives everyone the opportunity to get out and get active at their own pace. This clinic will cover proper technique including lean, posture cadence, and foot strike, as well as discussing training plans and proper clothing and footwear. Instruction will be followed by an optional no-drop run (15-20 minutes) where participants can put their newly learned techniques to the test on the USNWC’s trail system.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

How to Read Whitewater

May 25

How to Read Whitewater dives into what paddlers pay attention to as they make their way down stream. Participants will discover the many intricacies of a whitewater river including basic hydraulics, distinct rapid features, line choices, hazards, and more in this shore-based clinic. No gear is required (open to 10 participants).

Meet at the Kayak Center at 6:15.

Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride

June 1

Mountain biking at the USNWC is for everyone, and the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride is a great way to explore and engage with other riders. This beginner-friendly ride will traverse portions of the USNWC trail system. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Introduction to Mountain Biking

June 8

Interested in getting into Mountain Biking or Road Cycling? Don’t know where to start? Our staff will discuss the differences in bikes, necessary gear, general bike safety, and what is the best way to get into the biking community. No prior riding experience is required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Fix a Flat

June 15

There are some basic bike maintenance tasks that riders need to know how to perform on the trail. One of the most commonly needed skills is basic inner tube replacement.  If you’ve just started riding, this workshop will give you the hands on experience and necessary skills to change a flat on the trail to keep you riding.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Rescue Gear for the Whitewater Paddler

June 22

Safety on the river starts with preparation and having the right equipment. This clinic will look at the essential rescue gear all whitewater paddlers should carry on the river as well as proper use including rescue PFD’s, carabiners, rope bags, first aid kits, survival kits, and more.

Meet at the Kayak Center at 6:15.

Map and Compass Basics

June 29

Put down the GPS and pick up your map and compass as you learn all about the art of wayfinding. This clinic teaches the basics of orienteering, including an overview of map features and important symbols, parts of a compass, and how to effectively use both for navigation.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride

July 6

Mountain biking at the USNWC is for everyone, and the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride is a great way to explore and engage with other riders. This beginner-friendly ride will traverse portions of the USNWC trail system. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Autobelay Clinic

July 13

Don’t have a belayer to climb with? Enter the auto belay. This device has become extremely popular at climbing gyms all over the world and has changed the game for solo climbers. This workshop will teach you the basics surrounding the device and prepare you to take the USNWC auto-belay exam (optional) to qualify you to utilize the auto-belay devices at the Climbing Center. No equipment needed to attend workshop.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Survival 101

July 20

Learn the basics of backcountry survival and preventative measures you can take for your next adventure during Survival 101. The USNWC Outdoor School staff will provide a brief overview of the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, fire craft, shelter building, and more.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Womens Intro to Mountain Biking and Ride

July 27

This guided mountain bike experience is a great opportunity for female riders looking to learn more about the sport. The focus will be on building entry level skills with is room for seasoned riders to pass along knowledge as well.  Breaks may be taken during the ride to chat about different riding techniques or terrain. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and basic knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride

August 3

*Due to severe weather, the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride on August 3 has been cancelled.*

Mountain biking at the USNWC is for everyone, and the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride is a great way to explore and engage with other riders. This beginner-friendly ride will traverse portions of the USNWC trail system. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Useful Knots for Your Outdoor Adventure

August 10

This clinic will teach you the basic knots you need to know to participate in various outdoor activities, including the bowline, trucker’s hitch, square knot, figure 8 on a bite, water knot, and girth hitch. No equipment or prior experience is required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Kayaking Abroad – Informational Session on USNWC Costa Rica Paddling Trip

August 17

Join the U.S. National Whitewater Center as we head south to the the warm waters and beautiful rivers of Costa Rica. In partnership with Costa Rica Rios, a National Geographic Best Adventure Travel Company, participants will enjoy class II – III+ whitewater lead by native guides with in-depth knowledge of the local environment and culture. Learn more about the trip and all the details at this informational session on Friday, August 17th at River Jam.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Native Snakes of NC

August 24

Learn about the native snakes of North Carolina, their adaptations, and why snakes are essential to the food chain. The program will include a live native snake demonstration and is great for the entire family to attend.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Whitewater Boat Design

August 31

Every whitewater kayak has its own unique design and elements, and this clinic will show you what to look for when picking out a boat of your own. You’ll learn about the difference in kayak designs and features unique to different kayak manufacturers, common myths about various kayaks, and ultimately how to choose the boat that is right for you (open to 10 participants).

Meet at the Kayak Center at 6:15.

Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride

September 7

Mountain biking at the USNWC is for everyone, and the Beginner Mountain Bike Group Ride is a great way to explore and engage with other riders. This beginner-friendly ride will traverse portions of the USNWC trail system. Participants are welcome to bring their own mountain bike or rent one from the USNWC Trail Center. Helmet, closed-toed shoes, and knowledge on how to ride a mountain bike are required.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Backpacking 101

September 14

Due to forecasted severe weather, all pass activities and programming (including Clinics) are suspended on September 14.

Ready to grab a pack and head into the woods, but not sure where to start? Backpacking 101 will give you the knowledge and tips you’ll need before heading into the backcountry. Participants will learn the essentials for their next backpacking trip including clothing and gear needs, how to find a backpack that is fitted properly, and footwear essentials.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Adaptive Paddling – Outfitting and Basics

September 21

Kayaking is a phenomenally diverse activity which can lend itself well to individuals with mobility or functional challenges. Discuss outfitting options, gear modifications and venues that will take the edge off the learning curve and get you out on the water with more comfort and control.This clinic will review modifications specific to individuals and work through functional outfitting challenges in preparation for the water.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

Survival 101

September 28

Learn the basics of backcountry survival and preventative measures you can take for your next adventure during Survival 101. The USNWC Outdoor School staff will provide a brief overview of the seven priorities of survival, including positive mental attitude, fire craft, shelter building, and more.

Meet at Group Check-in at 6:15.

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