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Due to anticipated poor travelling/road conditions, the March 1, 2015 pool session in Burnham is being postponed. Make-up date is scheduled for March 8, 2015.
Interested in learning how to paddle?
Want to improve your whitewater paddling skills?
Want to learn how to read a river better?
Annual membership due now.

Download the Mach 1 Membership Form to renew your membership and/or register for 2015 basic skills classes. Membership Form for USA Canoe Kayak: http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Canoe-Kayak/Membership

If you answered "yes" to any of the above

The Mach 1 Slalom Team is for you!

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.

Step One. Perform the wet exit — a means to 'upset' the kayak and learn to swim the boat to shore. For young and small kids, this is done without a spray skirt. Older kids require use of the spray skirt.

The following ideal times to learn the wet exit (in 80°F water at the Burnham YMCA from 4 – 6 p.m.) and you can start immediately:

  • Sunday, February 8, 2015
  • Sunday, March 8, 2015 - postponed from 3/1
  • Sunday, April 12, 2015

There is a minimal facility cost of $5 for the first day, $10 for additional days.

Step Two. Take the basic paddling course. The one-day-a-week course consists of 6 lessons of about 1.5 hours each. In addition, our basic camps offer a more concentrated series. All courses and camps take place at Sunnyside Paddling Park in Bellefonte on Spring Creek (water temperature 47F year round).

The following basic course sessions and camps cost $100. We supply the boats, paddles, PFDs and helmets:

  • Monday series starts April 20, 2015
  • Tuesday series starts April 21, 2015
  • Wednesday series starts April 22, 2015
  • Thursday series starts April 23, 2015
  • Friday series starts April 24, 2015

Pick the night that works best for you! Schedule can be flexed if needed. In addition, the following week-long camps are scheduled to start:

  • June 11
  • July 28
  • Aug (TBA)

These are excellent sessions to launch a boating career.

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 takes part in all Pennsylvania class I and II whitewater slaloms.

Step Four. Continue training at Sunnyside and take part in intermediate and advanced slaloms (f.i., New England Slalom Series, Junior Olympics, National and even International) as paddling skills improve and mature.

For more information or to sign up, contact Coach Kurtz at 814-222-0052, d1k@psu.edu or visit our Facebook page, Mach One Slalom Team!

2015 Summer Event Highlights
11–12 June Camp Basic Program
13, 14 Lehigh Cruises
20 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
27 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
28 Sunday Lehigh River Cruise
4 Saturday Parade
10–12 Age Group Nationals, Wausau, WI
11 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
12 Sunday Lehigh Cruise
18 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
24–27 USACK Junior Olympics, Nantahala, NC
25 Lehigh Cruises
28–Aug 2 Five Day Basic Camp and Training
1-2 Milesburg Slalom
Milesburg, PA
Hosted by Mach 1
8–9 Dog Days Slalom
Sunnyside Paddle Park
Bellefonte, PA
15–16 Riversport Slalom
Confluence, PA
22 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
23 Lehigh River Cruise
29 Saturday Fun Day at Sunnyside
30 Lehigh River Cruise
TBA Larry March SL
Allentown, PA
TBA Fiddlers Elbow SL
Hummelstown, PA
TBA Bellefonte Slalom
Sunnyside Paddle Park
Bellefonte, PA

About Sunnyside Paddling Park's Year-Round Training Course and Mach 1:

Visit Sunnyside Paddling Park to view our year-round training course where kids and adults alike can develop basic, advanced, or expert skills paddling a kayak or canoe on whitewater. The Mach 1 Slalom Racing Team includes all skill levels — from beginners to those competing at state, regional, national and international levels.

Give it a try! We welcome visitors and have boats and equipment to use if you'd like to try it out!

Sign up for instruction in this high-value educational sport. We recommend ages 10 and up. Instruction is by appointment and can be arranged to fit into anyone’s schedule.

Call Coach Kurtz at 814-222-0052 or 814-237-7727 for details or just drop by Sunnyside Paddling Park weekdays between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. (some nights until dark) to watch a training/practice session, ask questions and chat with Team members, or try it out yourself!

Directions to Sunnyside Paddling Park:
Sunnyside Paddling Park is located on the west bank of Spring Creek across from Tussey Mountain Outfitters in Bellefonte, PA, on Sunnyside Blvd. From the Bellefonte Borough Building at the intersection of Lamb and Water Street, cross the Lamb Street bridge. Turn right at the stop sign to the Unimart. Stay slow and bear right at the first paved road (Thomas Street), which makes a quick right-hand dogleg. Cross the railroad tracks, one-lane bridge and bear right. In about 300 feet, park in the gravel lot next to the NBERR railroad access gate (do not block gate) or across the street. Only use the railroad pedestrian crossing just on the other side of the access gate to cross the tracks (This is a live rail line - Cross with caution at all times.). Welcome to Sunnyside!

Full membership in Mach 1 includes year-round use of all club equipment at Sunnyside Paddling Park which makes this sport incredibly affordable. Paddling trips are scheduled in accordance with river conditions and races are a great place to improve skills and develop experience.


Welcome Aboard New Paddlers

Follow these instructions and you'll be paddling in hours instead of days. Now is the time!

  1. Read or print the Kayaking and Canoeing page below
  2. Bring down the 2-page document that describes the general situation for getting into slalom paddling designed for kids 10-12 years old, click HERE
  3. Bring down the Step-by-Step process page which is similar to the General Instructions page (2, above), click HERE
  4. Bring down the Membership Form. The $100 covers costs of instruction as well as essentially all equipment you'll need for the rest of the year, click HERE
  5. Bring down the Ins and Outs page which helps us plan the timing of the sessions during each week. Planning is done also for transportation issues of getting to the Sunnyside Paddling Park and return home, click HERE
  6. Fill out the form giving your contact information to us. This is very similar to the Membership form, click HERE . This information would be for us to contact you in setting up a definite time to meet at the Sunnyside Paddling Park to see the site for paddling and view our available equipment at our headquarters.

Call Dave Kurtz to verify your interests and plans and get started at 814-237-7727 (home) or 814-222-0052 (cell) or by email d1k@psu.edu.


PAL Slalom Kayaking League is sponsored by the Mach One Team!


Whitewater Skills in Slalom Boating



Hey Kids 10-18

PAL Slalom League is Here!

Kayaking and Canoeing


Join in the fun to determine which

kayak slalom



6-8 local teams are forming

95% of team members are brand new to the sport like you.

Both boys and girls are needed on each team.


  • Whitewater Safety is Prime!
  • Sportsmanship’s the Rule
  • Basic Instruction by Nationally Known Dave Kurtz for All
  • Kids can be in Other Sports and Still Contribute
  • Primary Training & Practice at Bellefonte’s Sunnyside Paddling Park

Description of the Whole Program is found... Here.

Find out team composition  … Here

Mach One is the League Sponsor
Member USA Canoe/Kayak Team

US Tax deductible Organization

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We'll be working on the Whitewater MB, Kayaking MB,Kayak Award & Canoeing MB

Call Dave Kurtz, Head Coach at 814-237-7727 or 814-222-0052 for more information

Membership Form for USA Canoe Kayak: http://canoekayak.teamusa.org/content/index/1626
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