- Learn how to paddle a kayak or canoe
- Improve your whitewater paddling skills
- Learn how to read a river better
The Mach 1 Slalom Team is a sport and recreational organization designed to be a strong development program for kids — both young and older.
Introduction to whitewater paddling for continued enjoyment and safety sake, Mach 1 has the following step-wise program for all kids, parents and adults.
Step One. Perform the wet exit — a means to 'upset' the kayak, learn to exit the boat and swim the boat to shore safely. For younger and smaller kids, this is done without a spray skirt. Older kids and adults use the spray skirt.
Step Two. Take the basic paddling course. The one- or two-day-a-week course consists of six lessons of about 1.5 hours each. In addition, our basic camps offer a more concentrated series over the course of a week. All courses and camps take place at Sunnyside Paddling Park in Bellefonte on Spring Creek (water temperature 50°F year round).
The following basic course series and week-long camps cost $125. We supply the boats, paddles, PFDs and helmets:
- Monday and Wednesday series (ongoing signup throughout the year)
- Tuesday and Thursday series (ongoing signup throughout the year)
Pick the nights that work best for you! Schedule can be flexed as needed. The summertime week-long camps are scheduled to start on the following dates:
- June 18 – 20 -- SIGN UP NOW!
- July 28
- Aug (TBA)
These are excellent sessions to launch a boating career or hone your skills. Once the basic course or camp is completed, new paddlers are welcome to continue to use equipment and continue to train throughout the end of the year without additional fees for training time and equipment use.
Step Three. Enjoy recreational paddling on various rivers as skills, training and experience develop. Enjoy friendly competition in slaloms by being part of a “town team” in the Pennsylvania League of Slalom Boating (PAL Slalom Boating). The League races take place at all Pennsylvania class I and II whitewater slaloms.
Step Four. Continue training at Sunnyside and take part in intermediate (e.g., Junior Olympics, New England Slalom Series) and advanced slaloms (e.g., U.S. National, International, and World-class) as paddling skills improve and mature.