In he past many of you have helped with these releases and had a great time. Even though Atlanta Area Paddlers is not an official sponsor on any given day, we have been asked to help fill some volunteer spots during these three releases. If you volunteer, sign up here BUT YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT UNTIL YOU CONTACT THE PEOPLE LISTED BELOW. THERE ARE THREE DIFFERENT RELEASE WEEKENDS, THREE DIFFERENT COORDINATORS!!
Before I go any further I would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors......these releases would not be possible with you!
There are 3 weekends of releases in November:
The first weekend Nov 3rd and 4th is being sponsored by Team River Runner and I will be coordinating the volunteers ([masked]).
The second weekend Nov 10th and 11th will be sponsored by the AWC and Amanda McDaniel will be coordinating the volunteers ([masked]).
The third weekend, Nov 17th and 18th will be sponsored by the GCA with Kate Wilkerson coordinating ([masked]).
There are 4 volunteer posts/jobs.
Three people man the Registration Desk at the top of the stairs where:
*you collect the Waivers and make sure they have filled it out properly (ICE numbers and allergy sections filled in.....Alex Supertramp is not a paddler and neither is Donald Duck though both have turned in waiver forms in the past!!), *you stop the general public from going down the steps,*you control the flow of boats and paddlers down the steps to avoid overcrowding at the put in and remind the boaters to go from landing to landing so they don't have to stop on the stairs and hold their boats.
Two people are at the Bridge:
*to stop the general public coming across and onto the stairs.(Only boaters, Rangers and volunteers are allowed on the stairs during the release)*coordinate with the registration desk and put in to regulate the flow of paddlers on the stairs and at the put in.
*communicate with all parties in the event of an emergency.
Two People at the Put In:
*keep the deck as organized as possible (have paddlers stack boats and move down to the end of the platform if they are not putting in)*coordinate with the bridge and registration desk to regulate the flow of paddlers.
*keep in touch with everyone via radio if we have an emergency and request assistance if needed.
We had record numbers over the last release weekend in April with 370 runs on the Saturday and 340 on the Sunday.
With this increase in the numbers the volunteer's job has become even more important, to keep the day flowing smoothly. There is only a five hour window in which to get all of these boaters down to and on the water. The first boater can pass the registration desk as soon as we get the word from the Rangers that the water has stablized, which is usually between 9.30am and 10am, the last boater passes the registration desk at 3pm. As you can imagine it gets pretty busy!!
One or two people at theTake Out:
*to check for parking passes
*to ask boaters to leave as many cars as possible at the put in as the Take Out parking gets over crowded.
You don't need to know anything about paddling to work the Registration Desk and the Bridge but would need to be familiar with whitewater paddling to work the Put In.
Comfortable shoes are a must (there are 400 steps down to the bridge and 600 steps (total) down to the put in)Layers of clothes (if the sun is up it can be quite warm in the gorge but as soon as the sun goes in the temp drops pretty quickly)A bottle of water and a snack bar or two (it can be hungry work standing around for 4 hours!)
We will hold an orientation meeting at the beginning of each shift so the volunteers get a chance to meet each other and be briefed on the duties of each of the positions.
This meeting takes place promptly at 8am (for the morning 8-12 shift) and 11am (for the afternoon 11-3.30 shift) in the Ranger workshop on the left side of the boaters parking lot just off 441 between Tallulah Falls town and the highway bridge over the river.......about 12 miles south of Clayton. If you are going north on 441 it will be on your left just before you cross the bridge (the visitor center is on the other side of the bridge). Pull into the car park and tell the steward that you are one of the volunteers and he will point you in the direction of the workshop.
http://gastateparks.org/info/Tallulah/#directions Tallulah State Park
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jUb9fqvbh0 Cool video of a Tallulah run! The first rapid on the video is the one you can see from the put in.
http://gastateparks.org/TallulahGorge camping at Tallulah Gorge State Park
Or check Trailheadfinder.com for more local campgrounds.
http://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/506/ American Whitewater's river details.
Thank you again and let me know if you have any questions.