Basic River Kayak Class #14

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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  • Rosemary C.

    John, Clint and Mike, Thanks for another great day on the Chattahoochee! I am amazed at how much more I learned. It was a fantastic group and I look forward to learning more. Best, Rosemary

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Dory Manz M.

    What a great experience - John, Clint & Mike were very helpful and knowledgeable. Their methods work and I have much more confidence in my abilities. Thank You!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Dory Manz M.

    What a great day on the Hootch! I want to do it again soon!

    August 4, 2013

  • Becky D.

    This was the 2nd Basic class for me and I am thrilled how much more confident I was today. I would recommend this class highly to everyone. A great way to spend the day!

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed this class very much!! Thanks to John, Mike and Clint for everything! I really learned a lot and gained some confidence.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Charles

    I loved the course and loved our group. Attitudes were super.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • Charles

    John will you be having an intermediate class in the near future on a Sunday. I would be very interested.

    July 31, 2013

  • Dory Manz M.

    Please verify my payment has been received. I'm get a receipt # but also a message that it has not been paid.

    July 27, 2013

    • John M.

      Your payment processed, you are good.

      July 28, 2013

  • Becky D.

    John, I would like to RSVP for myself and Rosemary Cunningham. I paid for myself and 1 guest for class 10.

    July 27, 2013

    • John M.

      You are registered.

      July 28, 2013

  • laura A.

    Guests: Marks & Kaia Alexander

    July 24, 2013

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