About this event:
Trained Beginner – Paddler has some instruction and/or river experience. Candidate for this class would be looking to learn and improve upon their basic skills as well as learn some new techniques. Participant is able to maneuver a boat in Class I to Class II rivers. Topics covered & discussed will include river reading, strokes, boat control as well as basic rescue concepts. Emphasis will be on developing skills to work the river, beyond just “getting down the river”, in preparation for trips on the Tuckasseegee or Nantahala River during the GCA Fall Gala (Sept 26-28).
Instructors are ACA Certified Instructors.
This class will be taught over 3 weekends on rivers near Atlanta or within range for a day trip from Atlanta, depending on water levels.
Aug 23 – Lake Acworth /Metro Chattahoochee
Aug 30 – Cartecay River (water-dependent)
Sep 13 – Hiwassee River
Gear/Equipment: 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 (Nose plugs recommended, such as Smiley or Cottonmouth)
- Personal flotation device
- Spray skirt
- Floatation bags
- 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:
- Neoprene wetsuit (farmer John/Jane style with no sleeves)
- Paddling splash jacket or drytop
- Polyester fleece top
- Bathing suit (for the ladies a two-piece design tends to be easier when answering the call of nature in the woods…)
- Polypro underwear/long johns
- NO COTTON GARMENTS are permitted
We also recommend the following:
- Plenty of bottled water
- Lunch you can pack in your boat
- Waterproof camera if desired
Lead Instructor – Jim Tebbel – firstname.lastname@example.org
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.