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Old 10-21-2013   #1
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Best Universities with Whitewater Kayak Programs

I'm composing a list of Universities and high schools to distribute the soon to print Patagonia Study Abroad catalogs. It's a small magazine full of kayaking student related articles and shots.
Can you help me compose a list of schools and contacts too if you know them?

I'm grateful for any help.

David Hughes
Founder/Director- Patagonia Study Abroad
Owner- Pucon Kayak Hostel

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Old 10-21-2013   #2
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Southern Oregon University

David, PM sent.

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Old 10-22-2013   #3
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Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) only 45 minutes from Rock Island (Jackson Kayak)
UT Knoxville and UT Chattanooga for obvious kayaking opportunities
East Tennessee State University (ETSU) 30 min. from the Nolichucky
... Just to name a few back home. Maybe even all the Colorado Mountain Colleges. Main office is in Glenwood Springs. Know of Leadville campus, and one here in Steamboat Springs as well.

I still need to come back down to visit you guys in Pucon again David. Take Care,

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Old 10-23-2013   #4
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West Virginia University
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Old 10-23-2013   #5
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Here in Oregon Portland State, Oregon State, Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon and University of Oregon. All have outdoor programs which include whitewater activities if you want to get into contact with these people they might be valuable.
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Old 10-23-2013   #6
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One cautionary statement..... if you would like to live in that town where you plan to study, make sure that the local market is not saturated with new graduates of your program! I discovered this the hard way. Despite jobs being relatively more plentiful outside of Boise, still not many elsewhere, the few jobs that are offered tend to be part time. If you actually do attain full time employment, there is substantially less compensation and your job is less secure due to a plentiful stream of new graduates.

If living in a certain area is important to you with good compensation, look for occupations in that area with employee shortages. If there is a training program in your area, it will likely cut your pay and opportunities for advancement. Somewhat ironic....

I would like to tell you to just go for your dreams and it will all work out, but I think people should hold a little more skepticism during these difficult times. Hope this helps.
When we quit believing in our corrupt political system, it will finally fall apart. REVOLUTION!!!
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Old 10-23-2013   #7
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University of Montana has tons of WCKA kids. No true kayak club here though. More a group of individuals at the wave.
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Dartmouth College - Ledyard Canoe Club
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Sou is worth a look
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Colorado rocky mountain school, carbondale colorado,

Alexander dawson school, somewhere like... Boulder?

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