American Slalom Excellence Program
The American Slalom Excellence Program is a "whitewater slalom immersion" training camp featuring daily coaching, slalom workouts and race day coaching held in concert with the US Cup races in the summer.
Olympians Davey Hearn and Ben Kvanli are excited to share over 40 years of their whitewater racing expertise with aspiring whitewater paddlers of all ages. The American Slalom Excellence Program coaching team lends whitewater canoe and kayak advice from both the water and riverbank. The coaches of the American Slalom Excellence Program impart their whitewater racing expertise to future generations of Whitewater Slalom Olympians. Outstanding knowledge and enthusiasm for training and racing is conveyed through their coaching styles combined with their sheer love of canoe and kayak paddlesport. The goal of the American Slalom Excellence Program is to empower junior and developing racers with the skills to train wisely on their own, and to encourage positive energy and results from training productively with others. Our coaches work to promote confident working groups of athletes, parents, friends and supporters working together to achieve American Slalom Excellence.
Weekly training camp coaching options include:
(Flexible & recommended for entry level racers.)
$200 per person per week.
(Whitewater slalom racing immersion for advanced skills.)
$300 per person per week.
American Slalom Excellence coaching is available weekly, Monday through Sunday (or part of any week), and is open to whitewater paddlers of all ages. The American Slalom Excellence Program will also feature weekly training presentations, video review sessions, stretching, visualization, and interactive chalk talks off the water that are open to all interested American Slalom Excellence participants, coaches, volunteers, and parents.
USA Canoe Kayak membership is required.
5 Required participant forms - Please print & complete:
Registration deadline plus a non-refundable $100 deposit is due by ______.
Please return the 5 forms & coaching fees payable to "David Hearn":
American Slalom Excellence Program
6211 Ridge Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20816-2641 USA.
Please contact Jennifer Hearn 301-229-2201 with questions.
Please note that the training camp fees are for coaching only. Families with minor participants are encouraged to coordinate with other families, paddlers, volunteers, coaches and clubs to help provide assistance with supervision, transportation, meals, and housing needs.
During the training camp in Wausau, Wisconsin, we set up base camp in Marathon County Park in Wausau, just a few minutes drive from the Wisconsin River Whitewater Park. Please call 715-261-1566, Monday thru Friday from 9:00am-3:00pm to make your camping reservations.
For training camp in South Bend, Indiana, American Slalom Excellence coaches will set-up a base camp at the South Bend East KOA about 20 minutes from the East Race Waterway in South Bend. Please contact the KOA directly and tell them you are with the US Cup kayakers when you make your reservations.
Details are available via email to American Slalom Excellence paddlers as the program continues to develop. Please note that all training camp participants will also need to register for entry in the US Cup races.
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