Events > 2021 > June > Paddle More, Swim Less - Saturday & Sunday, June 26 & 27, 2021
Please see below for sign-up instructions

About this event:

Created by Carol Reiser

Tuckaseegee River - Dillsboro and Bryson City
USD 100.00


Note:  This event is limited to 10 participants, and is currently full.


Beginner & Trained Beginner Whitewater Kayak & Canoe Classes – June 26 and June 27, 2021

Have you been watching people kayaking and canoeing, wishing you could be out there playing on the water too?  Or perhaps you’ve already started boating and want to get better at making the moves you want and reading water so you can paddle more and swim less.  This is the class for you!

Candidates for this class are 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 and those with some experience.
Topics covered and 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.”

Contact:  Tammy Lea,, 404.786.5937

Instructors are American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors.

If you are not an ACA member, $10 is required for ACA event insurance.

Locations – Tuckaseegee River – Dillsboro and Bryson City, NC

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 or canoe
  • Helmet (Nose plugs recommended, such as Smiley or Cottonmouth)
  • Personal flotation device (life jacket)
  • Spray skirt for kayaks
  • Paddle
  • Flotation bags
  • Appropriate footwear (paddling booties, water shoes, etc.) is required.  Thin, lower-profile shoes are suggested.  Flip flops are not allowed because they will fall off during a swim.  Sandals such as Tevas and 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
    • Please bring your mask, a baggie for it and plastic bag for your wet clothing or gear.

We also recommend the following:

  • Plenty of bottled water
  • Lunch you can pack in your boat
  • Sunblock
  • Waterproof camera if desired

Instructors – Marshall Busko, Tammy Lea, Dan MacIntyre, and Carol Reiser

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 learning to exit their boats.

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.

For further information and to fully register, please contact Tammy Lea at Clicking on “I’m Attending” does not compete your registration for this class.


During these uncertain times, the GCA is working to balance the organization’s mission to provide training and group paddling opportunities with the risk posed by Covid-19. The coronavirus threat and the ultimate impact on society and the sporting community is still unknown at this time. The situation is fluid with new information being released almost hourly regarding the progression of the COVID-19 outbreak and the recommended guidance for group activities from Federal, state, and local authorities.

GCA is scheduling its normal events, including the Fall Gala, Membership Paddle, and Christmas Party, but may cancel or postpone upcoming events as needed in accordance with the latest official guidelines and local or state restrictions. Even if conditions permit GCA to proceed with an event as scheduled, there is no possible way to eliminate all risk associated with Covid-19 and other infectious diseases. Covid-19 is a special concern due to the potential for disease transmission by people infected by the virus who are not exhibiting any symptoms of the disease. No amount of screening can completely eliminate this risk.

Each member or participant must take personal responsibility to assess his/her risk based on medical history, age, or other relevant factors. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes seem to be at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19 illness. Individuals who fall into these categories are encouraged to avoid any GCA activities that will involve larger groups or to avoid GCA activities entirely until there is a vaccine or other effective protection against virus transmission.

GCA expects that all persons who attend any event will follow all applicable laws regarding social distancing, masks, and travel. Prior to attending any event, each person should review state and local guidance related to Covid-19 for the area in which the event is being held. Any person who has recently exhibited symptoms of Covid-19 or come in contact with anyone who tested positive for Covid-19 should not participate in any GCA event. Individuals who participate in any event will be expected to follow hygiene and social distancing guidelines, including regular hand washing and/or use of hand sanitizer, use of masks when on land (i.e. before and after paddling), allowing distance with other paddlers during put in and take out and while maneuvering on the river, and coordinating shuttles so as to minimize the number of individuals in a single vehicle. Participants should not share equipment. Finally, GCA asks that you avoid any river or activity that is above your existing skill level, so as to minimize the need for hands-on river rescues.