Events > 2017 > November > Winter Paddling aka Loaded For Bear

About this event:

Created by Lisa Haskell

Kedron Aquatic Center (Session 1) Local class II River (Session 2)

Are you tired of having to start over with your skills in the spring because you didn’t paddle during the winter? Are you tired of being cold on the river? Are you new to paddling and and haven’t faced this issue yet? Well, come to this clinic and you’ll soon have a new motto:

“I don’t mind being out while it’s cold, but I don’t intend to be cold while I’m out! “

Both kayakers and canoeists are invited to join us for this two  part clinic on winter paddling.

The first session will be a classroom session. We will discuss clothing, gear, equipment and special considerations for winter paddling. We will have different pieces of gear and clothing for you to look at and compare. The classroom session will take place at Kedron Aquatic Center in Peachtree City in one of their activity rooms. It will be on Sunday, November 19, 2017 from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm. Roll Practice will start at 5:00 pm. We encourage you to come to the first part of the clinic and then stay for roll practice because a roll is one of your best defenses against hypothermia and injury. You will be warmer and safer if you stay in your boat!

The second session will be an actual river paddle in cold weather. The river session will be on Sunday, December 10, 2017 on a fairly local class II river or, if there is no natural flow water, on the Metro Hooch.

The two sessions will be spaced three weeks apart to allow time for participants to obtain appropriate gear after the classroom session.  ** You must attend the classroom session in order to participate in the river session.

There is no fee for this clinic but ACA insurance will be required. If you are an ACA member there will be no additional charge. If you are not an ACA member you will need to pay $5 for event insurance. The $5 fee will cover both sessions of the clinic. We can take up to fifteen people for the clinic.

The instructors will be Lisa Haskell and Jim Tebbel. Extra support boaters will be present for the river session.

If you have questions you can contact me (Lisa) at or (678) 858-2012.