Events > 2014 > July > Beginner Kayak Class July 12th &13th - $100
Please see below for sign-up instructions

About this event:

Created by Todd McGinnis

Lake Fontana & Tuckaseegee River
USD 100.00

Beginner – This course is designed for the new paddler or for the person who wants a refresher before getting back out on the water.  We will cover the skills needed to comfortably progress from flat water to moving water.  Our first day will start with some land based discussions and move to the lake for strokes and maneuvering exercises.  Day two is when we step up to the river and put what we learned into action.  Participants will leave with knowledge to competently paddle rivers such as the Hiwassee, Tuckaseegee, Toccoa, Metro Chattahoochee.

Skills & Topics Covered: Pre-Trip planning, Gear discussion, paddle strokes, river reading, features of the river, and basic safety and rescue.

Class will take place over two days and your lead instructors will be American Canoe Association Certified Instructors.

Instructor – Lead Instructor – Knox Word –


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 kayak
  • Helmet – A whitewater helmet not a Bicycle or Skateboarding helmet
  • Personal flotation device (PFD) – Should be a US Coast Guard certified level III PFD
  • Sprayskirt
  • Paddle
  • Appropriate footwear (paddling booties, water shoes, etc.) is required. Thin, lower-profile shoes are suggested. Flip flops are not recommended because they will fall off during a swim. Sandals such as Tevas, Chacos do not fit well in whitewater kayaks and have the potential to get hung inside the kayak during a flip.
  • Also suggested is synthetic clothing such as the following, depending upon how cold-natured you are:
    • NO COTTON GARMENTS are permitted
    • Neoprene wetsuit (farmer John/Jane style with no sleeves)
    • Paddling splashjacket or drytop
    • Polyester fleece top
    • Bathingsuit (for the ladies a two-piece design tends to be easier when answering the call of nature in the woods…)
    • Polypro underwear/long johns

We also recommend the following:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Lunch you can pack in your boat
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproof camera if desired

Cost/Registration: $100.00 for GCA members $135.00 for non-GCA members (includes GCA membership)

Swimming Ability:

You must be able to swim and should not panic with your head under water. Beginning kayak clinic participants will spend a lot of time upside down inside their kayaks on the lake.

Physical Condition:

Whitewater paddling is a physically and mentally challenging activity that requires fitness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in stressful situations. Kayaking is a high-risk activity for individuals with a history of shoulder dislocations. Applicants should discuss potential physical limitations with the Coordinator before signing up.

Need Gear?

  • Outside World – Two locations Dawsonville, GA & Columbus, GA – They can sell and rent all the gear needed to get out on the river and have fun.
    • 471 Quill Drive – Dawsonville, GA 30534 –
    • 1025 Broadway  – Columbus, GA 31901 – 706.322.4200 –