Events > 2015 > May > Hand-Paddling Clinic

About this event:

Created by Jim Tebbel

Metro Chattahoochee - meet at Powers Island Put-In

Many kayakers carry hand paddles as a spare, but may not practice with them often.

Come on out and learn, practice, and share tips with other hand-paddlers.

Bring your usual paddle gear (including hand paddles)

Hand paddling can give you new perspective on a familiar run and improve your river reading skills.  Many hand paddlers find they have more control, but not quite as much power as with a traditional stick paddle. They learn to read water better and plan their moves further in advance.

If you are not an ACA member, $5 is required for ACA event insurance.

Location:  Meet at the Powers Island Put-in by 2:00 to drop gear and set shuttle. GPS: 33.903352,-84.441479
We will take out at Paces Mill. GPS: 33.869204,-84.454932
Parking in the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is $3 for a day pass, bring exact change.

Gear/Equipment: PARTICIPANTS MUST PROVIDE ALL OF THEIR OWN EQUIPMENT! No gear is provided. Participants must have at a minimum the following:

  • Whitewater kayak
  • Helmet (Nose plugs recommended, such as Smiley or Cottonmouth)
  • Personal flotation device
  • Spray skirt
  • Hand Paddles
  • 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
    • 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
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproof camera if desired

For any questions, contact Jim Tebbel at