Treat yourself to Private Instruction!
Discover the joys of whitewater paddling under the skilled guidance of professional whitewater instructor Tom Foster. With his decades of experience teaching paddling technique, you can count on Tom to help you become the paddler you've always wanted to be! Tom and his wife Kelly wrote the 1995 book Catch Every Eddy...Surf Every Wave, a Contemporary Guide to Whitewater Playboating -- a book that's fast becoming the basis of whitewater workshops throughout the U.S. -- Tom is at the forefront of teaching contemporary whitewater paddling.
Tom Foster founded and directed the Outdoor Centre of New England for fifteen years. An ACA Whitewater Instructor Trainer Educator in kayaking and open and decked canoeing, Tom has introduced thousands of newcomers to the "thrills and skills" of whitewater paddling, and now specializes in private instruction and guide service for individuals and small groups.
Tom's programs will introduce you to paddling and playing in harmony with the river's currents, working with the flow of the river to move your boat where you want to go, rather than fighting the powerful river currents. You will be given "homework" to continue developing your skills after the lesson. In addition, Tom can provide expert advice on proper conditioning, equipment, and boat outfitting.
All aspects of whitewater boating
Whether you want to learn to paddle kayak or canoe, tandem or solo, open or decked boat, loaded-boat tripping strategies or advanced playboating techniques, Tom Foster Whitewater is your source for fun, the latest techniques, and skilled instruction in paddling technique.
Intensive one-to-one feedback
TFW maintains a student to instructor ratio of 3:1 or better so he can analyze each student's technique and provide specific insights and tools for improvement.
| He has taught and certified hundreds of whitewater instructors in workshops across the country. As chairperson of the American Canoe Association's National Instruction Committee, a position which he held for ten years, Tom was instrumental in improving paddling instruction and nomenclature throughout the U.S.
Tom Foster Whitewater (TFW) offers individual and small group instruction in whitewater paddling. In addition, TFW offers ACA Instructor Certification workshops -- canoe or kayak -- for groups of five or more seeking to become whitewater instructors.
Certified by the American Canoe Association at the highest achievable level, Tom is committed not only to making your instruction a fun comfortable and safe experience, but also to teaching you self-rescue and other related skills that enhance your confidence and safety on the river.
Tom designs a logical progression of activites to meet individual needs and abilities. He emphasizes teaching efficient paddling skills. His focus is on effective upper and lower body usage for stroke efficiency, balance, safety, and graceful maneuvering on the river. TFW concentrates on specific techniques that will help you reach your goals, proceeding at your best pace.
A program that fits your schedule
Schedule instruction for the type of whitewater boating that you want to do, on a day or days that are convenient for you. TFW offers one to five day workshops throughout the U.S. and Costa Rica.
Multi-day discount: Each additional day of instruction in a multi-day program is 10 percent less than the first day.
Booking your private instruction: Most arrangements can be made by phone. Call as far in advance as possible to arrange your preferred dates.
An opportunity to hone your skills in Costa Rica!
Tom spends his winter paddling the famous whitewater of this friendly and scenic Central American country. And what better place to hone your skills than with Tom Foster and Ray McLain, two instructors with years -- about 60 between them -- of whitewater paddling experience