About this event:
This Beginner Whitewater Canoe class is for the complete canoe beginner, the timid novice looking for more skill building and confidence, or the recreational paddler looking to transition from flatwater to whitewater paddling.
In the beginner class, we review basics like canoe parts, getting in and out of the canoe safely, paddling terms and water hazards. Most of our time will be spent on a lake, learning and practicing strokes and maneuvers. You will be introduced to easy moving water on the first afternoon or second day.
Because there is so much information to learn, you may be asked to attend an evening session before the actual class.
For any questions, please contact GCA’s Canoe Coordinator: Marvine Cole at firstname.lastname@example.org, (828) 488-4969
If the times posted don’t work for you, please contact Marvine. Canoe classes are usually very small, and instructors may have flexibility to accomodate a different date.
While you are required to bring all of your own gear, please talk to the Canoe Coordinator before purchasing gear—we want you to buy the appropriate gear and can help advise you!
PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE ALL OF THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT. No gear is included in the clinic fee. Participants must have, at a minimum, the following:
- Whitewater canoe with floatation
- Paddling helmet (no bike helmets)
- Personal Flotation Device (life jacket, Type III or V; no horse collars or ski vests)
- Appropriate footwear (paddling booties, water shoes, etc.) that will not fall off during a swim
- Clothing appropriate to weather conditions and how cold-natured you are. Suggestions include:
- Neoprene wetsuit (farmer John/Jane style with no sleeves)
- Paddling splash jacket and/or pants
- Polyester fleece top
- Bathing suit
- Polypro underwear/long johns
- No cotton
We also recommend:
- 1-2 liters of drinking water you can pack/clip in your boat
- Lunch you can pack in your boat
If you do not have your own gear, the following places can rent gear to you. Please call them to inquire about arranging a gear rental.
- Go With the Flow (Roswell, GA) – (770) 992-3200
- The Outside World (Dawsonville, GA) – (866) 375-BOAT(2628)
- Call the Coordinator before purchasing gear
Registration Fee: $100.00 for GCA members $135.00 for non-GCA members (includes GCA membership)
You must be able to swim and should not panic with your head under water.
Whitewater paddling is a physically and mentally challenging activity that requires fitness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in stressful situations. Canoeing can be a high-risk activity for individuals with a history of shoulder dislocations. Applicants should discuss potential physical limitations with the Coordinator before signing up.