Events > 2015 > April > Introduction to Canoeing (Flatwater)

About this event:

Created by Jim Tebbel

Atlanta Area
USD 35.00

This one-day class is for the recreational canoeist who would like to learn the basics of canoeing or increase their effectiveness on smooth water such as lakes or quiet rivers. It is an ideal class for introducing a family to paddling.

In this class, we review basics like canoe parts, carrying and loading a canoe, getting in and out of the canoe safely, strokes and efficiency, paddling terms and smooth water hazards.  All of our time will be spent on a lake.

For any questions, please contact GCA’s Canoe Coordinator: Marvine Cole at, (828) 488-4969
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:

  • Canoe
  • Personal Flotation Device (life jacket, Type III or V; no horse collars or ski vests)
  • Paddle(s)
  • 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
  • Sunblock
  • Hat and sunglasses if desired

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.

Registration Fee:
$35.00 for GCA members
$70 for non-GCA members (includes GCA membership)

Swimming Ability:

You must be able to swim and should not panic with your head under water.

Physical Condition:

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.