Whitewater Instructionals and Paddler education


Weeknight whitewater Kayaking Instructionals
at Beseck Lake Middlefield, CT

These sessions are for anyone who is looking to learn the basics of whitewater kayaking with a eye to running rivers safely. Strokes, Boat control, or to learn the Eskimo roll will all be covered. There will be volunteer instructors at every session. Instruction is generally one on one, in a very casual and friendly atmosphere. Limited amounts of paddling gear will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. It is recommended to bring your own helmet and life jacket if possible. Nose plugs are also helpful. Gear selection and sizes are limited.   Everybody is welcome! To sign up, please call by the night before if possible.

Town of Middlefield Beseck Lake Beach, Middlefield CT

Mon. evenings in July and August

Dates: July 10, 17, 24, 31 Aug. 7,14, 21, 28  

6:00 pm to 8:30 pm or sunset

$10.00 per session

Gear rental if needed $5 per session  

Mark Schappert 203-240-3544

From I-691 eastbound (Waterbury, Southington, Cheshire): Follow I-691 past exits 10, 11, 12 towards Middletown The highway becomes Rt.. 66 and two-way traffic. At the first stoplight, take a right onto Rt. 147 south Follow for 1 mile and take the first right onto Lake Rd. Just past the gas station. Take the second left onto Lake Shore Dr. You will see the park as the road bears right and up the hill Park in the lot inside the chain link fence.

From I-91 northbound (New Haven): Take exit 18 Rt. 66 east toward Middletown. At the first stoplight, take a right onto Rt. 147 Follow directions above once on 147.

From i-91 southbound (Hartford): Take exit 19 Preston Ave. At the bottom of the ramp, take a left and go under 91. Follow Preston Ave about 1 mile until the stoplight at east main St. Make a left onto east main street and follow as it merges with Rt. 66. At the first stoplight, take a right onto Rt. 147 south Follow directions above once on 147.

From Rt. 66 westbound (Middletown, Portland, Willimantic): Follow Rt. 66 through Middletown past the Washington square mall. At the third stoplight, make a left onto Rt. 147. Follow directions above once on 147.  

Please be mindful of the low speed limits on Lake and Lakeshore Dr. These are narrow, residential roads.

CT AMC Swiftwater rescue training at Zoar Outdoors July 8-9, 2017


If you have never taken swiftwater training, or it has been awhile it is very good to learn or refresh these skills.

Paddlers should understand that when something bad happens on the river, paddlers are the first responders. Most issues are resolved, for better or worse, before professional services can respond. Learning these skills is VERY worthwhile!


 2-day Basic Swiftwater Rescue

Geared toward the novice to intermediate paddler, the 2-day Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course is based on a curriculum developed by the American Canoe Association and is designed to teach both river rescue techniques and safe river-running practices in all river craft.

Emphasis is on judgment and managing river rescue situations, as well as river rescue techniques that can be performed with a minimum of equipment. Rescuing swimmers and pinned boats will be covered. Participants should have some familiarity with whitewater.

 Class size is limited to 12.

 Preference will be given to active CT AMC leaders or those who wish to become leaders this year.

If you are considering becoming a leader, remember that CT AMC offers 50% tuition (up to $100) reimbursement off the cost of the course once you have completed leading 3 trips.

 Other AMC paddlers are welcome on a waiting list if the class does not fill.

Cost $201.25 per person.

Only receipt of full payment registers you for this event!

Contact  Mark Schappert to start registration ASAP 203-240-3544 riverloony@gmail.com

Send check made out to CT AMC Whitewater to event leader:

Mark Schappert

38 Traverse St.

Waterbury CT 06704


Full payment by check must be received by June 8.

Cancellations made later than June 9 are non-refundable. (Though finding another to take your spot is permitted.)


We highly recommend that you camp or stay locally Friday and Sat. night. (These classes can be REALLY tiring! ) Campsites may be available Fri. and Sat. at Zoar for $8.30 per person.


Breakfast and Dinner costs are up to participants, but Dinner Sat. night at a local restaurant is planned.

Lunches are provided Zoar. Contact them if you have any food allergies or preferences.