About this event:
Beginner & Trained Beginner Whitewater Kayak Classes – July 16-17, 2016
Registration now closed!
Candidate for this class would be looking to learn and improve upon their basic skills as well as learn some new techniques. With multiple instructors, we may segment the class to address both new paddlers, as well as those with some experience.
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”.
Instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors.
If you are not an ACA member, $5 is required for ACA event insurance.
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
- 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
Cost/Registration: $100.00 for GCA members
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.
Camping is available at Smoky Mountain Meadows campground near Bryson City, NC. We will meet here Saturday morning at 9am. Details, info at http://www.smokymtnmeadows.com/index.html