History

The first Whitewater Symposium was held on October 3-5, 2003 at Zoar Outdoor on the Deerfield River in Charlemont, Massachusetts. It was a great first success and brought together key players from all aspects of the whitewater spectrum including freestyle, river running, racing, rescue and rodeo. In all, there were about 75 attendees and presenters participating.

From October 23-25, 2004, the second annual Symposium was hosted by the Nantahala Outdoor Center in Bryson City, North Carolina. There were over 70 attendees, including many of the country’s top instructors, club leaders, retailers, manufacturers, kayak schools and paddlesport organizations.

The 2005 Symposium took place in Glenwood Springs, Colorado from October 8-10, using the Glenwood Canyon Resort (Rock Gardens Rafting) as a base of operations. Attendance grew to almost 100 participants, noting that the first Whitewater Courses and Parks Conference was also held in Glenwood Springs just before the Symposium and there were a number of people who attended both.

Lotus, California was the site of the fourth Symposium, hosted by Current Adventures on October 14-16, 2006. While the total range of attendees reached just over 75, the number of industry leaders and top presenters remained significant, in keeping with previous Symposiums.

The fifth Symposium was hosted by the Adventure Sports Center International at their freshly constructed mountain-top recirculating whitewater course on October 19-22, 2007.