Events > 2016 > August > Intermediate 1 Class - Class full but we have a waiting list.

About this event:

Created by Jimmy Jones

This class is for the paddler with experience paddling whitewater (several times down a class II-II+ river) and previous instruction or the more experienced paddler looking for formal instruction


  • Participation in the previous Intro to Intermediate class held on the June GCA Training Weekend
  • or, paddling at a level that would suggest being ready for an Intermediate 1 class (i.e. Nantahala Regular, Ocoee light paddler, etc)
  • or, an endorsement from one of the training committee members

In the Intermediate 1 class, we will focus on reviewing:

  • Strokes such as stern draw, sweeps, and forward stroke
  • Eddy work including, catching an eddy, leaving an eddy(peel outs), and ferrying
  • Posture and proper torso rotation to maximize efficiency
  • Rolling. Including flat water work at the beginning, then progressing to rolling in current
  • Basic water reading
  • Group dynamics such as utilizing river signals

We will add on :

  • Surfing, front and side
  • Suggestions from members of the class

Day one we will work on a lake for a warm up and review (approx.. 1.5 hours) and then go to the Nantahala River. Day 2 is TBD. Please read the section on clothing selection as the Nantahala’s water temperature is in the 40’s even in summer.

For any questions, please contact the primary instructor for this class, Jimmy Jones at , (478) 733 1023. While you are required to bring all of your own gear, please talk to the Instructor 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. Participants must have, at a minimum, the following:

  • Whitewater kayak with floatation
  • Paddling helmet (no bike helmets)
  • Personal Flotation Device (life jacket, Type III or V; no horse collars or ski vests)
    • Paddle
    • 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 or denim

We also recommend:

  • 1-2 liters of drinking water you can pack/clip in your boat
  • Lunch you can pack in your boat
  • Sunblock

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.

  • Go With the Flow (Roswell, GA) – (770) 992-3200
  • The Outside World (Dawsonville, GA) – (866) 375-BOAT(2628)
  • Nantahala Outdoor Center – Bryson City, NC- 828.488.7230.
  • Call the Coordinator before purchasing gear

Registration Fee: Free for GCA members
Swimming Ability:

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

Physical Condition:

Whitewater paddling is a physically and mentally challenging activity that requires fitness, flexibility, and a positive attitude in stressful situations. WW kayaking 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.

Here is the link to click to register. We will send an email out to let you know more details:  CLICK TO REGISTER