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 canoe
- Personal flotation device
- 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 have the potential to get hung on footpegs 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 splashjacket or drytop
- Polyester fleece top
- Bathing suit (for the ladies a two-piece design tends to be easier when answering the call of nature in the woods…)
- 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
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 as rentals are NOT included or arranged through the clinic.
- Go With the Flow (Roswell, GA) – (770) 992-3200
- The Outside World (Dawsonville, GA) – 866.375.BOAT(2628)
$100.00 for GCA members
$135.00 for non-GCA members (includes GCA membership)
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.
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.