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Ocoee Youth Retreat

(1 customer review)


Developing future river leadership and athletic excellence for the long-term

Drop-off the evening of July 31, 2019

Course from July 31 – Aug 4, 2019

Pick-up on Aug 4, 2019

7 in stock


  About the course:

Self-discovery and self-awareness are essential to developing our capacity to lead. Providing opportunities for youth to grow and lead in healthy ways is imperative to the development of your child. Rivers demand attention, understanding and reverence all while working together in the context of a team. There is no better classroom that works both individual and group elements together at the same time.

This weekend is designed for the youth student who is looking to break through and understand not only technique but what will allow them long-term success moving forward.


  • Character development through the “H2o Dreams Pillars of Leadership.”
  • Introduction and development of class IV-V skills in a class III environment
  • Introduction to rescue skills
  • A competitive and supportive environment to encourage peers
  • Developing characteristics that are important as river professionals

When & Where

  • Wednesday evening: Drop off at H2o Dreams travel to base camp at Ocoee River
  • Thursday
    • AM: group leadership/management and rescue skills
    • PM: paddling and combat rolling
  • Friday
    • AM: travel to Ocoee
    • PM: playboating
  • Saturday
    • AM: river run
    • PM: practice rescue skills on water
  • Sunday
    • AM: Ocoee river run
    • 6PM- pick up at H2o Dreams
  Prerequisite skill:

  • Ages 12-16, we accept younger and older with prior interview/lesson
  • A commitment to trying to roll in class II-III whitewater with some success
  • Be in good health and overall fitness
  • Comfort in open water and swimming required

  Trip price: $550.00

  Location(s): Saluda, NC and surrounding creeks

  Trip duration: 4 days of instruction

  Guest to instructor ratio: 4 guests to 1 instructor, class caps at 8


  • Lodging
  • Meals
  • All instruction and guest coaching
  • Daily transportation to the river
  • 24-hour supervision
  • Evening activities

  Not included:

  • Transportation to Saluda, NC
  • Equipment essentials

1 review for Ocoee Youth Retreat

  1. Don Hohler

    My son loved this trip! He wants to go again next season. Chris and Lydia do a great job of planning everything from food and accommodations to shuttling and emergency preparedness. My son came back from this trip a little more mature and responsible than when he left! Thanks, Chris. Oh, and his paddling improved 10 fold.

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