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Basic River Kayak Class #9

The class we teach is the "Essentials of River Kayak" as approved by the American Canoe Association (ACA). Classes will be taught by an experienced ACA certified instructor.

 

Please read the more detailed info that follows these bullet-point reminders:

  • Do NOT trust your GPS to get you to the park! Please click on the park for a link to a map.
  • We provide a boat, pfd and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class)
  • Please arrive early or on time - if you are late, you are delaying every member of the class.
  • Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00pm.
  • BRING: lunch (no coolers), plenty of water, a snack/protein bar, and sunscreen.
  • What do we do: equipment and safety overview, stoke/paddling technique/boat control practice, learn to 'read the river' and use its currents to your advantage, get WET...most importantly, we have FUN!
  • What to WEAR: water shoes (no flip flops), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional).
  • All GLASSES/Sunglasses must be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss.
  • ...Keep reading to ensure you have all the information necessary to enjoy the class...


This is an introductory class in which you will learn the skills needed to become a competent recreational paddler on lakes and easy rivers. This is for brand new paddlers or paddlers with a little experience that want to take their skills to the next level. After mastering these skills, transitioning to white water paddling becomes much easier if you decide to follow that route.

Course Description: THIS IS AN ALL DAY CLASS. WE NORMALLY GET BACK TO THE CARS BETWEEN 5:00 AND 6:00.  We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Johnson Ferry Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. This part of the river is slow moving and essentially flat. We cover basic paddle strokes and boat control before moving down the river.

We stop for lunch somewhere down stream around 1-1:30 so eat a good breakfast and maybe bring a granola bar to keep you going.

You will be learning boat control in class I and II rapids. After lunch it is back to the water where we continue to practice our skills. Our take out point will be Paces Mill Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class II rapids which means you can paddle the Chattahoochee from Buford Dam to Florida! Expect to spend approximately 1 hour in a riverside class, then approximately 5-6 hours on the river. We will furnish the boat, the paddle and the PFD (personal flotation device/life jacket) or you can use your own equipment. If you have your own equipment, I recommend bringing it so you can practice with what you normally use.

You will need to bring a lunch, plenty of drinks and of course sun screen. (ice chests do not fit in the boats unless they are the very small soft type)

Dress to get wet. Cotton and denim are the two worst things you can wear. If you have a light weight rain jacket, it is always a good idea to have it with you. Good water shoes are recommended. FLIP FLOPS ARE NOT ALLOWED! Shoes without laces are best. Sunglasses should be on a safety cord. Assume that everything you bring to the river will get wet. ZIPLOC bags are not water proof. Your instructor will have water proof bags for any items that might get damaged by water.

We do not teach the kayak roll in this class. Helmets and spray skirts are not required. We meet at the boat ramp below Johnson Ferry Park at 8:00. We will self shuttle from this location so do not worry about how to get back to your car.

If you have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked]

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  • Bryan T.

    John, Clint and Chris did a superb job once again. I've taken this class once before...then life got in the way of kayaking so I bought a boat and watched it sit. Took class again with new boat. Made some mistakes this time around that I didn't the first time (can I blame the new boat? - nice try B) so this was a swim day for me as well. Chris, John and Clint were always supportive and helpful. So, I learned a lot...again. If you want to paddle a kayak this is the class for you. Do it.

    June 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great class. The design and delivery are superb. I cannot imagine a better introduction offered in this geography at any price. The class size was very appropriate. I don't think I could have gotten any more out of private instruction.

    June 24, 2013

  • Clint M.

    Another fun day on the river. Thank you all for being there. It was a great class with energetic and enthusiastic students. I hope to see you all again on the river. Remember - everyone deserves a good paddling!!

    June 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you Clint, Chris, and John! This was an excellent and well designed and delivered class. I'm going to recommend it to everyone. I'd like to reach out to alum of the class who have gone on to purchase their own gear. I'd also like to help out with some of the classes. I'm not at the point of being much help on the water but I could start by putting in late and early time to load, unload, and clean the boats. Hopefully after a few cycles of that I could be useful on the water too.

      June 24, 2013

  • ellin c.

    Ellin Casperson

    June 20, 2013

  • John M.

    Waivers are always required. I am working in fl this week, will be posting July classes and trips when I return.

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In may you were requiring a waiver.
    http://www.meetup.com/kayakclasses/messages/boards/thread/34705312

    Are you not doing that anymore?

    June 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I see that this is the last class on the calendar. Will there be more next month?

    June 11, 2013

  • Susan W.

    I want to register my son and his friend for the remaining two spots.

    June 10, 2013

  • Susan W.

    I want to register my son and his friend for the remaining two spots.

    June 10, 2013

13 went

  • John M.
    Instructor, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Bryan T.
    Kayak Course Grad
  • Chris N.
    Assistant Instructor, Assistant Organizer
  • Lisa +1
    Kayak Course Grad
  • Clint M.
    Assistant Instructor, SWR
  • A former member
  • A former member
    +1 guest
  • A former member
    +1 guest

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  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: If you cancel for any reason you will not receive a refund, however, you will be allowed one year to reschedule without any additional fees.

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