This trip is for intermediate boaters who are comfortable in class II/III rapids and have a decently reliable combat roll. The USNWC can also be a great introduction to class III whitewater if you have a good roll. The USNWC offers two channels for different skill levels. The Wilderness channel is a class II/III run and the Competition channel is a class III/IV run. The holes and eddies here can be a bit weird due the man made nature of the “river”, but it is a great introduction to punching large holes and waves. The water temperature here is usually pleasant to bath tub warm. Nose plugs are highly encouraged.
Required equipment: Boat, paddle, PFD, helmet and whistle. Whitewater kayaks need spray skirts. Recreational boats are not permitted. A towel and dry clothes for afterwards are recommended. Bring water, but note that there is no outside food or drinks are allowed at the USNWC. They have on site dining for lunch and snacks.
We will meet at the Walmart Super Center located at 10060 Two Notch Rd, Columbia, SC 29223 at 8:30am to reload boats and gear for carpooling and will leave at 8:45am – 9:00am. We will stop in Rock Hill for breakfast at Panera Bread. Water is on from 10:30am to 6:30pm at the USNWC. They also offer whitewater kayaks for rent, but bring your own safety gear. Lessons can be arranged, too.
We can leave whenever the group feels appropriate or whenever the drivers of certain cars want to leave. Doing a full day at the USNWC can be tiring/exhausting, as it’s possible to constantly be running rapids thanks to the conveyor belt system. I will plan on being there until the water shuts off even if I’m not boating any longer so anyone who wants to stay all day can. Cost is $25.00 for just a kayak pass about $60.00 for a pass for all activities. Parking is $5.00 per vehicle.
Please do not just show up on the day of the trip: you must first sign up or contact the trip coordinator. Space will be limited, depending on your abilities and how many safety boaters sign up.
Plan to attend? Contact the coordinator. Please inform the Coordinator in a timely manner if your plans change and you can no longer attend.