Lock 32 Summer Youth Programs

Click on the video link above to see some youth Lock 32 whitewater action, and to learn a bit about the park’s history.

Crash through the waves at New York State’s only man-made whitewater park!


“As the busy summer approaches and there are so many camps to pick out for your children to attend, we decided to enroll our son and a friend in the “GWC” kayaking program last summer for a new and different experience.  They had a blast.  Both kids absolutely loved Lock 32 and said it was the best program they have ever attended.  The instructors were very friendly and great with the kids, too.  Can not wait for another season of kayaking at GWC.” Thank you !!
Bob, Sherri and Spencer Thomas

Youth Summer Programs

GWC operates the only man-made whitewater kayaking park in New York state!
Week-long clinics are $195 per participant.
These programs are popular, so sign up soon!

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Summer Programs are Popular, and Space is Limited.

There are generally only 5-10 openings for each class, so sign up today!
The thrill of this experience is something that kids and teens will never forget.

Lock 32 Whitewater Park Summer Programs

Enjoy learning how to whitewater kayak in a safe, friendly atmosphere at our park-like setting. Participants receive high quality instruction from our staff of whitewater kayak instructors, who are certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Our low instructor to student ratio of 1:5 assures that each person receives personalized attention and instruction tailored to their needs.

The program provides all the skills necessary for becoming a whitewater paddler and builds a strong foundation for whitewater slalom racing, freestyle kayaking and recreational river running. We follow a natural learning progression to help your child grow as both a paddler and a person. This foundation will begin the process of a lifetime of enjoyment paddling North American rivers.

Location: Lock 32 Whitewater Park, 2797 Clover Street, Pittsford, NY 14534, located south of Lock 32 Canal Park. Phone (Lock 32): 585-586-4330 or (GWC): 585-328-3960.

Program Length: Five daily sessions (M-F), 3 hours per session. Total of 15 hours.

Time Slots: Programs run in either of two time slots: 9AM-Noon or 1PM-4PM. Programs run rain or shine, after all, when you paddle whitewater you do get wet!

Cost: $195 per participant for the 5 day program.

Requirements: Students must know how to swim and be comfortable in mild current.

Participants should bring: swim clothes, closed toe water shoes or sneakers, sunscreen, water or hydration drinks, snacks, towel, change of clothes, backpack or bag for their belongings.

Provided: All gear including boat, paddle, helmet, spray skirt PFD/Lifejacket.

What’s Next After This Program?

GWC offers many additional classes and clinics for kids and adults interested in further experience. Clinics are offered throughout the season, covering topics such as advanced paddle strokes, rolling your kayak, whitewater slalom racing, surfing & freestyle kayaking maneuvers.

A paddler’s experience does not have to end at Lock 32. New York State has some of the finest whitewater paddling in the United States! Experience the whitewater of Letchworth Gorge, the Salmon River in Pulaski, NY, or the many rivers in the Adirondacks.

Develop a network of paddling friends, enjoy the camaraderie, and develop a lifelong passion for the world of paddle sports.

We look forward to having you join us at Lock 32 Whitewater Park!

Lock 32 Instructional Outline:

Day 1: A Solid Foundation

Students begin on dry land, learning about whitewater paddling safety. Helmets, PFDs, fitting into a boat, paddle selection, paddle grip and paddle placement are discussed. We then practice on calm water, teaching how to wet exit from a boat (after you flip over) and perform self-rescue. Next, we teach basic forward and reverse strokes, as well as ruddering techniques.

Day 2: Boat Control and Balance

Learn basic boat control, edge techniques, balancing, sweep strokes for turning/spinning, entering/exiting eddies, and ferrying side to side. Near the end of the day, particpants will have the opportunity to paddle sections of the whitewater course.

Day 3: “Game Day”

Participants get to experience a variety of games and activities designed to reinforce their skills. Activities may include the use of other equipment (such as throw bags) or different rescue techniques such as the “T-rescue” (an alternative to the wet exit technique of Day 1). Instructors may set a series of whitewater slalom gates for those who really want to test their skills.

Day 4: Advanced Skills

Practice of all learned skills, while adding advanced skills like surfing a kayak. Studentss can move to the more difficult sections of the whitewater course and begin crashing through waves and small holes. There is also a “river talk”, where the class learns about natural hazards and features they may encounter if they expand their paddling to local stream and rivers.

Day 5: Paddling the Whitewater Course

Day 5 is dedicated to everyone putting together what they have learned. They will paddle the entire whitewater course. They can run the course multiple times, while paddling and playing on their favorite features.

Next Steps: Lock 32 offers many additional classes and clinics for those interested in further experience. Clinics are offered throughout the season, covering topics such as advanced paddle strokes, rolling your kayak, whitewater slalom racing, surfing & freestyle kayaking maneuvers.