Keel-Hauler Training Programs
Updated 10/27/2015
For more information Contact Dave Roush . . . . 440-623-9035

Swiftwater Rescue Clinic  -  Indoor Pool Sessions at (Orange, Lakewood, Canton, Akron)  -  Outdoor Roll Sessions  -  Kayak Fundamentals  -  Private Paddling Lessons

2015 Fundamentals of River Kayaking Courses





Phone #

6/6,7 TRPC Slippery Rock Clinic Application
Membership in KHCC or TRPC REQUIRED
13-19 Joe Marksz 216-533-0604
8/1,2 (4) TRPC Turkey Bash at Lower Yough
Turkey Bash 2014 Info & Forms KHCC members same as TRPC
23 Joe Marksz 216-281-1517

Beginning and Intermediate Boater Paddling Programs

In Northeast Ohio

Sponsor Links


Appalachian Outfitters
Cleveland Metroparks
Cleveland State Univ.
Keel-Haulers Canoe Club
Kent State University
Lake County Metroparks
LoCo Yaks - Vermilion
Nalu Paddleboards
Ocean Paddling Club - CLE
Friends of the Crooked River
Team River Runner - NE OH
University of Akron
West River Paddling-Vermilion

41° North

Basic River Courses (Canoeing/Kayaking)
Formal Red Cross Training has been eliminated. But organizations shown in above table have basic training programs.
Our club has a huge Trip Schedule for all our club members. You will be assisted in learning paddling techniques on any trip you come on if you ask the organizer for assistance.
If you are not a current member, you can come on one trip to see if you enjoy the group. After that we ask that you Join Our Club.

New Paddler Trip Progression, We encourage newer paddlers who want to improve their skills in a safe organized fashion to choose trips in numerical order (1), (2), (3), (4), (5)
Pick a trip to match your current skill level, Score your own Paddler Rating using our on-line system, tell the Trip Organizer what you rating is and whether you would like any informal training assistance. Tell them the most difficult river that you have sucessfully paddled.

Trip Progression Examples
(1) - Vermilion, Grand, Cuyahoga, Chagrin
(2) - Lower Slippery Rock, Ashtabula, Middle Yough, Casselman
(3) - W. Br. Rocky, Slippery Rock Gorge, Cheat Narrows, N. Br Potomac, Upper New
(4) - Lower Yough, Little Sandy, Ocoee, Nolichucky, Stony Creek
(5) - Cheat Canyon, Lower Gauley, New Gorge, Savage

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Private Paddling Lessons
Club members that wish to teach are encouraged to send me an e-mail and I will post with any information you care to share.

Cleveland Metroparks Outdoor Recreation

Committed to human-powered, natural resource based outdoor recreational experiences that promote a deeper connection with nature and encourage being responsible stewards of the great outdoors. Program progressions transform novices into confident, independent users.

Similar program progressions are available for stand up paddleboarding and canoeing.
To find out more or register for a program go to Cleveland Metroparks
  • On Land Kayak Basics
       - Classroom overview of kayaking gear, safety equipment, etc.
  • Kayaking 1: Introduction to Kayaking
       - On land portion focuses on basic kayak terminology and gear, fitting a life jacket, and holding a paddle. Water portion focuses on basic kayak strokes and wet exits.
  • Kayaking 2: Supplemental Skills
       - Picks up where you left off in Kayaking 1. Water portion focuses on advanced paddling strokes, deep water re-entry rescue techniques, and more.
  • Tours: Rivergate, Wendy Park, La Due Reservoir, Upper Cuyahoga
       - Explore waterways of the region, while experiencing new challenges with an experienced leader.

    E-Mail to Dave Roush to be listed on this page -

    Swiftwater Rescue Clinic
    Taught by Charlie Walbridge
    June 27th & 28th 2015

    For the 8th year in a row Charlie Walbridge will be conducting a Swiftwater Rescue Clinic exclusively for our Club members. This Clinic has trained nearly 120 of our members and I’m sure that has made a big difference within our boating community. Registration for this year’s clinic is now open and will close when full or by the end of April. There’s a limit of 10 members and the cost is $90 plus $5 ACA insurance if you are not an ACA member. If we end up with any extra proceeds we’ll donate to Friends of the Cheat as we have in past years.
    More Information
    Contact Joe Marksz to sign up . . . . . . . . . 216-533-0604

    How to Tie Good Paddling Knots
    Animated Knot Tieing

    Rob's Kayak Roll Head Game               Riviera Ratt's Roll Philosophy
    How to Boof with Video Instruction

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    2015-2016 ROLL SESSIONS
    Chris Spelius You-Tube Roll Video
    Sweep Roll Video
    C to C Roll Video
    HsO Dreams Rolling Troubleshooter

    Indoor Pool Sessions for 2015-2016

    We will have four pool locations near Cleveland, OH - East (Orange), West (Lakewood) & South (Canton or , Akron)

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    Roll Instruction: Please use KHCC Message Board to find persons willing to provide instruction. The forum is also a good place to find folks with loaner kayaks and gear

    Sea kayak rescue practice: Clean Sea Kayaks are welcome at both Lakewood and Orange High School pools

    For more information contact Karl Nelson - -330-497-2483

    Orange High School Pool Roll Sessions - 2015-16

    Four sessions are scheduled for this Winter, Saturday afternoons January 23, February 20, 27; March 12 - 4PM to 6PM
    Pool time starts at 4:00pm and ends promptly at 6:00pm. We must shower and be out of the building by 6:15pm. A charge of $6 per person per session ($5 for Orange School District residents) covers the use of the pool. All participants at Orange MUST complete a registration form with emergency contact information prior to entering the pool area. So print one and fill it out before you arrive.

    Directions to Orange High School Pool
    The Orange High School Pool is on the south side of Chagrin Boulevard, between Lander and SOM Center Roads. It is two miles east of the Chagrin exit off I-271 (which is just north of the I-271 and I-480 interchange). From I-271 take the Chagrin boulevard exit and head east. At the Lander Road turning circle stay on Chagrin Boulevard by taking the second road right. The school will be about one-half mile on the right side of the road.    Map to Orange HS

    The pool is in the west end of the building. You can see it through the two-story-high windows. Park along the west end of the building. There is a very wide concrete pad leading to a double set of glass doors on the pool deck. If you arrive early, drop your boats on the concrete pad and go inside and wait until we are permitted to bring boats into the pool area.

    Kayak Roll Sessions
    Work on your Eskimo roll in the comfort of our heated pool so you will be ready for the river this spring. Participants must bring their own boats (clean boats only, please) and gear. Helmets are required for anyone entering the pool. There are experienced boaters on hand to give pointers to new kayakers. Enter the pool area through West pool deck doors starting at 3:50pm. Participants must fill out a registration form & pay before being allowed to enter the water. Please bring exact change each day.

    Cancellation Policy
    If winter driving conditions are bad, the session may be canceled. When Orange Community Education and Recreation is closed, information is typically on local television and radio stations. We will also try to post closings on the Hotline at 216-556-4659 and our Message Board.

    For more information contact Dave Roush 440-623-9035

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    Lakewood High School Pool Roll Sessions - 2015-16

    Six sessions are scheduled this Winter, January 9 & 23,February 13 & 27; March 5, 12 - 3:00 to 5:00 PM
    Saturday Pool time starts at 3:00 PM and ends promptly at 5:00 PM. Cannot enter the building until 2:50 PM. All must shower and be out of the building by 5:15pm. A charge of $6 per person per session covers the use of the pool. Please remember helmets are required.

    Directions to Lakewood High School Pool
    Lakewood High School is at 14100 Franklin Blvd., the pool is located in the back of the High School, so entering at the Robinwood Ave. entrance is easiest, especially when coming from I-90. Exit from I-90 at the Bunts Rd./W 140th St. Exit and head north on Bunts to Madison Ave. Turn left on Madison Ave. and head one block to Robinwood Ave. Take a right on Robinwood Ave., which dead ends into the pool entrance. Kayaks should be brought through the delivery entrance/emergency exit, which is located just to the east of the Robinwood entrance. Pool staff will be stationed at the delivery entrance to assist you. Cannot enter the building until 2:50 PM.   Map to Lakewood HS

    Cancellation Policy
    If Lakewood High School pool is closed, that information will likely be available on the pool's voicemail at (216) 529-4014 or see our Message Board.

    For more information contact Karl Nelson - - 330-497-2483

    For Lakewood Pool information contact Matt Demaline - Aquatics Manager - - 216-529-4081

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    Meyers Lake YMCA Pool Roll Sessions - 2015-16

    Sessions are now scheduled for every Sunday starting 11/08 to 2/28 for Meyers Lake YMCA Pool in Canton, OH. (11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, 12/27, 1/3, 1/10, 1/17, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28)

    Sunday Pool Session start at 8:45am and end promptly at 10:45am. The YMCA has agreed to open the back door at 8:30am to allow us time to bring in our kayaks/gear.
    A charge of $5-$7 per kayak/person per session should cover the use of the pool.

    Directions to Canton Meyers Lake YMCA Pool

    The Meyers Lake YMCA is located at 1333 North Park Ave NW in Canton. Easily located 1 mile west of I-77 using the 13th St exit. Turn Right on Park Street and you can't miss the YMCA on the building. If you see the lake on your right you have gone too far.
    Meyers Lake YMCA
    There are a few simple guidelines to follow. All boaters will bring their kayaks/gear through the back door. All kayaks and gear must be clean before getting to the YMCA. No seal launching. It is important that all kayaks are out of the YMCA building immediately after the session ends, take your kayak out the back door to the parking lot then proceed with showers and changing. Please pay me (or designated person) at the end of each session. Please remember helmets are required.
    Format for the Canton Roll Sessions will remain as in the past, first hour roll practice second hour kayak soccer.

    Cancellation Policy
    Please check the Keel-Haulers Message Board the morning of a session, a post will be there in the event the YMCA needs to cancel.

    For more information contact John Banach . . . . 330-606-5032

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    Akron University Pool Roll Sessions

    Open kayaking sessions to learn basic kayaking skills on Tuesday nights from 8:00-10:00 pm beginning Every Tuesday from 9/22/15 to 12/08/15 and 2016 not announced
    All boats, PFDs (life jackets), and paddles are provided. No experience is required. But you may bring your own, see below.

    Cost is free for students, faculty/staff and rec members, and $10 per session for non members.
    Please arrive on the ONAT pool deck at the start time.
    See Akron U Pool Information

    Directions to Pool
    Pool is near E. Buchtel Ave Exit off of SR 8.
    Map to Akron U Pool

    For more information contact Manager of Outdoor Adventure . . . . 330-972-7357

    General Pool Rules

    The sessions are unstructured, providing plenty of time to practice at your own pace. There is no formal instruction. However, there are always club members on hand who are happy to demonstrate and provide assistance to other club members. If you want help with your roll, just ask a club member.

    Hand paddles will be available for learning hand rolls.
    To maintain a good relationship with the Orange & Lakewood, Canton or Akron, there are a few rules to observe.

    1. All boats must be clean. Remove the air bags and wash the boat, inside and out. Do this at home. Dirty boats are not allowed in the pool.

    2. Sessions are open to the general public. For those interested, club membership forms will be available at the door. Annual club dues are only $20 per family. Click to Join Our Club

    3. The roll session at Orange High School is preceded by an Open Swim session. If you arrive early, please wait outside the building with your boats until the Open Swim session ends at 4:10 PM. Please bring in boats through the back emergency exit, which will open at 4:10 PM.

    4. Please sign in and pay the lifeguard/manager upon entering the pool. Please bring exact change.

    5. We must avoid damage to the facilities and especially the pools' tiled surfaces. Remove metal rudders from sea kayaks. Do not bring aluminum canoes. Do not launch off the deck of the pool -- enter your boat while it is sitting in the water.

    6. The pool becomes crowded. In the interest of safety, neither free swimming nor diving is allowed. All children under the age of 18 must be supervised at all times by a paying adult.

    7. Helmets will be required, whether you are in a boat or standing in the water helping someone. This is for your own safety.
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    Outdoor Weekly Summer Roll Practice - Tentative Plans for 2015

    Location - South of Akron

    Roll sessions at Nimisila Reservoir Map to Nim.on Thursday after work from 5:30-7:30PM. On 6/4,11,18,25; 7/11,12,25,26; 8/6,13,20,27
    Exit 120 off I-77 south of Akron. To GPS Coordinates 40.95055° -81.52589°

    Dennis Dukeman  . Call First . . . . . . . . . . 330-858-6270

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