2009 Symposium

The 2009 Whitewater Symposium is a two or three-day event to be held at Zoar Outdoor on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts. It seeks to advance the sport of whitewater paddling by bringing together key players from all aspects of the whitewater spectrum including freestyle, river running, racing, rescue and playboating. It is an opportunity for paddlers to exchange ideas about trends in equipment, instruction and technique. For the paddling public and active instructors, the Symposium provides an all-inclusive package of technique instruction, dryland seminars, adventure film presentations and roundtable discussions as well as an opportunity to update instructor credentials in several areas. The Symposium provides a forum that fosters communication among paddlers and professional development for active instructors.New for 2009 the PaddleFest at the Whitewater Symposium is a 1-day event that brings the whitewater paddling community-at-large together with manufacturers, retailers, instructors and other professionals for on-water & classroom seminars. PaddleFest opens on Saturday afternoon with a FREE Rescue Rodeo and Skills Competition followed by access to the exhibiter’s space. Participants of the PaddleFest and the general public are welcome to purchase tickets to the banquet and film presentation. On Sunday, October 4th, various targeted seminars will be offered to PaddleFest attendees lead by some of the top instructors in the industry. Exhibitor’s Hall is also a great addition for 2009. Vendors will be setting up booths starting Friday evening through Sunday afternoon. If you are interested in setting up booth space, rental is $75 for a 10 x 10 booth. Vendors are welcome to participate in the seminars by purchasing a reduced participant pass or for more exposure for your organizations you can consider becoming a sponsor of the Whitewater Symposium. For more sponsor information contact janet@zoaroutdoor.com or call 800-532-7483. To make a reservation go to RESERVE NOW Workshops: The Whitewater Symposium will offer various on-water and off-water seminars. Many of the on-water seminars will be demonstrations while other on-water seminars will have opportunities for hands-on participant involvement. Space in these hands-on seminars is limited and is available on a first-come first-served basis. We will send you a seminar preference checklist approximately 8 weeks prior to the symposium. We ask that you fill it out and return it to Zoar Outdoor quickly. We will make every effort to give you your top preferences. When selecting a workshop, be sure to choose one within you abilities. Schedule: Friday, October 2, 2009 7:30 to 8:00 am – Breakfast & Registration 8:00 to 8:30 am – Registration continues, Welcome remarks 8:30 to 11:30 am – Morning workshops, On-water & off-water 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Lunch 1:30 to 4:30 pm – Afternoon Workshops, On-water & off-water 4:00 to 10:00 pm – Exhibitor’s Hall Open 5:30 to 6:30 pm – Dinner 7:00 to 9:00 pm – Panel Discussions & Keynote Speaker Saturday, October 3, 2009 7:30 to 8:00 am – Breakfast & Registration 8:30 to 11:30 am – Morning workshops, On-water & off-water 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Lunch 1:30 to 4:30 pm – Afternoon Workshops, On-water & off-water 3:00 to 4:30 pm – Rescue Rodeo & Skills Challenge 5:00 to 6:00 pm – Banquet 7:00 to 9:00 pm – Film presentation – “The Call of the River” – Kent Ford Sunday, October 4, 2009 7:30 to 8:00 am – Breakfast & Registration 8:00 to 8:30 am – Registration continues 8:30 to 11:30 am – Morning workshops, On-water & off-water 12:00 to 1:00 pm – Lunch 1:30 to 4:30 pm – Afternoon Workshops, On-water & off-water 5:00 to 5:30 pm – Closing Remarks Cost: Whitewater symposium 2-day option – Oct. 2 & 3 – $240.00 3-day option – Oct. 2, 3 & 4 – $360.00 PaddleFest at the Whitewater Symposium 1-day option – Oct. 4 – $120.00 Non-profit rates available as well as group discounts for bookings of 3 or more from same organization booking under one reservation. Food and Lodging: Meals and camping in the area are included in the cost of the Symposium. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner (Friday & Saturday only) will be served family style on each day you are attending. If you have special dietary needs, we will try to accommodate them, however check with our office. Sorry we will not be able to provide a vegan option. The camping, which is included in the price, is primitive camping with minimal facilities. If you are interested in camping or any of our other accommodations please feel free to call or email, 800-532-7483 or info@zoaroutdoor.com. Sorry not pets allowed. Equipment: For the dry-land seminars, you won’t need paddling gear, but if you plan to participate in one of the on-water seminars, you should bring your own paddling gear. We will have a very limited selection of gear that can be reserved (FREE) on a first-come first-served basis for the duration of the Symposium. We have the following gear available boat, paddle, pfd, spray skirt, helmet, wetsuit, booties and paddling jacket if necessary. Let us know when you register if you need gear. (If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it as it will save time and you know its idiosyncracies.) Weather & Water temps in New England: We have a saying in New England “if you don’t like the weather just wait a minute”. Be prepared for any possibility. While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September and October). Our clinics will run rain or shine. Directions to the Whitewater Symposium & PaddleFest at the WW Symposium: Berkshire East is located in the town of Charlemont across the river from Zoar Outdoor. To get to Berkshire East follow Route 2, 20 miles west of Greenfield, Mass. and 20 miles east of North Adams, Mass. in the town of Charlemont. If you are coming from the east, take Route 2 to Route 91 south, get off at exit 26 (Greenfield) and proceed on Route 2 west 20 miles to Charlemont. If you are coming from the north or south on Route 91, get off at exit 26 and proceed west on Route 2 as above. If you are coming from the west, take Route 2 and proceed 20 miles east of North Adams. Once in Charlemont village look for a green sign that says “Route 8A South” or a big blue sign that says “Berkshire East Ski Area” with an arrow pointing left. Go over the Deerfield River and railroad tracks. You will then see another blue sign that says “Berkshire East Ski Area” with an arrow pointing left. Take that left, and then take your third right (there’s a road, a driveway, followed immediately by the Berkshire East entrance) which has a white sign for Berkshire East. Look for signs directing you to the Whitewater Symposium. Air, Train and Bus Transportation: Most major airlines serve Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, about 90 minutes from Charlemont. For transportation from Bradley International to Charlemont, we recommend that you rent a car or use Valley Transporter, a car service. Call Valley Transporter at (413) 253-1350 or (800) 872-8752. AMTRAK trains run regularly from New York City to Springfield, Massachusetts. Buses run hourly from New York and Boston to Springfield, where bus connections to Greenfield may be made. Buses run hourly from Springfield to Amherst. For transportation from Greenfield to Charlemont, taxis are available year round, though not recommended. We may be able to pick you up if you schedule in advance. Bus and Train schedules: Peter Pan Bus Transportation (1-800-343-9999) provides extensive service throughout Western Massachusetts, with connections to points throughout the East Coast. AMTRAK (1-800-USA-RAIL) has extensive schedule information. (It helps to know the city codes for Springfield [SPG], Boston [BOS], and New York City [NYP].