What we're about

Our group is for people who are interested in learning how to kayak but just do not know where to start.  And for people who have a little experience but want to improve and get on the water more.
No boat? No problem, we have them. All necessary equipment is part of our package, We offer classes taught by American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors with an emphasis on having fun while staying safe. Our sessions are not in a class room but are taught under the trees and on the river in your own personal floating work station. (a kayak of course)
We also guide fun adventure trips on southern water ways.  All trips are lead by certified guides.
There is no age limitation on this sport, people are kayaking across the country and around the world from age 4 to 80! We will also be offering guided trips on various rivers throughout the year for folks who do not have boats or who just do not feel ready to paddle on their own.
Thank you,
John Miller

Upcoming events (4+)

Etowah River through Dawson Forest (8-13)

Needs a location

$75.00

Did you know the government used to operate a TOP SECRET Nuclear testing facility near Dawsonville? Come see what's left!!

THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR SECTION OF THE ETOWAH. If you have never done this before, don't wait any longer. If you have done it before come on back. We would love to see you.

Let's paddle, swim, hike to the water falls and play on the rope swing. This is a beginner and kid friendly trip for sure.

We watch the weather and river levels very carefully. The decision to go or cancel due to weather is made the night before at approximately 6:00 pm so check your email for updates the night before and before you leave your house Monday morning.

If you have your own boat the cost of the guided trip is $35.00 per person. If you need a rental boat the cost is $75.00.

IF YOU ARE BRINING YOUR OWN BOAT CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $35.00 WHEN YOU SIGN UP.

BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, soft 6 pack size works fine if using a rental boat), plenty of water, a snack/protein bar, and sunscreen.

What to WEAR: water shoes (no flip flops), quick-dry clothing (not cotton or denim), hat (optional). DRESS FOR THE WEATHER!!!!! A light weight rain jacket will keep you dry and warm even if it does not rain.

All GLASSES/Sunglasses should 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 9-mile paddle on the Etowah run takes you through Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and past Shoal Creek, the proposed site of a massive dam & reservoir project that would impact flows on the Etowah and habitat for endangered fish species. We will paddle from Hwy 9 to the Kelly Bridge takeout.

For those that have not paddled this section, it is beautiful and suitable for beginners. Do not be surprised if we have to dodge a few strainers.

We will stop by a cool water fall. A true "Kodak moment".

This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, swimming in the cool waters, picnicking by the river, etc, etc.

Please arrive at The River Park NO LATER than 9:00 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded NO LATER than 9:00 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00.

PLEASE ANSWER ALL PARTS OF THE QUESTION.

More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip.

John Miller

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Basic River Kayak Class. (8-14)

Needs a location

$145.00

PLEASE READ ENTIRE POST BEFORE SIGNING UP.

If you want to use a gift certificate for this class, do not sign up here. Contact me and I will add you to the class.

You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. If this is a concern you can arrange for someone to drop you off then pick you up. I will be glad to discuss this with you.

We watch the weather and the Dam release schedules very closely. Sometimes we do have to reschedule. The decision is usually made the night before the class around 6 pm. It is imperative that you check your email late the night before or first thing in the morning of the class for any last minute changes.

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.

We provide a boat, life jacket (PFD) and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) There is a $45 discount if you bring your own boat. Keep reading to find out about the discount.

Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 4:00-5:00 pm.

BRING: lunch (no coolers except small soft shell ones), 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).

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 4:00 AND 5:00. We spend a day on the Hooch teaching basic kayaking skills. The class begins at Settles Bridge Park where we discuss river safety and paddling principles. We cover basic paddle strokes and boat control before moving down the river.

We stop for lunch by the river.

After lunch it is back to the water where we continue to practice our skills. You will be learning boat control in class I and I+ rapids. Our take out point will be the McGinnis Ferry Boat Ramp.

At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class I rapids. Expect to spend approximately 1.5 hours in a riverside class, then approximately 4-5 hours on the river.

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.

IF YOU ARE BRINGING YOUR OWN BOAT, CHANGE THE PRICE FROM $145 TO $100 WHEN PROMPTED TO PAY.

PLEASE ANSWER ALL PARTS TO THE QUESTION.

VERY IMPORTANT, EMAILS ABOUT THIS CLASS WILL GO TO THE ADDRESS YOU USE ON PAYPAL.

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

Hiwassee River, Reliance, TN, Class 2 River Aug 26-28

Needs a location

$250.00

We did this trip Memorial Day. SOLD OUT
Put it on the calendar for Labor Day. SOLD OUT.

So many people wanted on the waiting list we decided to add another trip.

DO NOT SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP UNTIL YOU TALK TO ME. THANKS.

Many of the best white water paddlers in the southeast got their start on this river. In my opinion it is the best beginner white water river that we paddle. We have people run it in rec boats, white water boats and rubber ducks (rented locally)

If you did our beginner class on the Chattahoochee and you were comfortable with the rapids then this is a logical progression.

Keep reading.

This weekend is for both paddlers and NON PADDLERS.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read this event description ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE so you'll know what our rules and recommendations are.

******** READ BEFORE PAYING-THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION***

We are staying in a cabin that has 5 bedrooms and 5 and 1/2 baths. 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms. Depending on registrations, you may be sharing a room, but NOT A BED. (Unless you are a couple and request it of course.) We have 3 bedrooms suitable for couples. 3 suitable for sharing. PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP TO DISCUSS THE SLEEPING ARRANGMENTS. I DO NOT WANT TO SELL MORE BEDROOMS THAN WE HAVE.

Cost is $250.00 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed for Friday and Saturday night, breakfast Saturday morning, Dinner Saturday night and Breakfast Sunday. I will also have makings for sandwiches for lunch Saturday and Sunday. So that gets you two nights in the cabin plus 3 meals (and 2 lunches). Trust me, that is cheaper than staying in a local hotel and then driving down the road and eating in one of the local spots, and our food is better!

If we get any rain there is a large covered porch. It really is a nice place to hang out with our tribe.

THIS IS A CLASS II RIVER. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO PADDLE A HARD KAYAK IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE PADDLING AT THIS LEVEL. YOU CAN PADDLE A REC BOAT IF YOU PREFER BUT HELMETS AND SPRAY SKIRTS ARE REQUIRED. I have extra helmets. Sit on tops boats are also fine on this river. We do have some non paddlers who plan to take either rubber ducks or rafts down the river. If you have no interest in paddling there is a lot to do in the area. Beautiful hiking and a winery you can check out.

THIS IS A FUN GUIDED TRIP, NOT A CLASS!

We will be paddling Saturday and Sunday. Trips will be led by qualified guides.

THIS CAN BE A BEGINNER FRIENDLY RIVER WITH THE CORRECT ARRANGEMENTS.

Keep reading.

This is NOT a beginner-friendly trip if you are paddling a kayak. IF you want to rent and paddle a rubber kayak called a duck then it becomes beginner friendly. IF you have some paddling experience then the ducks are suitable for taking children down the river. There are Class 1 and 2+ rapids on the Hiwassee River, so some river kayaking experience is advised for this trip. If you plan to paddle a duck you must call the outfitters and reserve one, if you don't they may not have any available.

(If you are a kayak class grad or intermediate class grad you will be fine.)

The water is cool (around 58 degrees) and usually very clear. The Hiwassee River is dam-controlled, so the level stays about the same year-round. This is a 5+ hour paddle (about a 5.5+ mile paddle downstream). We will be moving slow, playing in the rapids, ferrying and surfing.

  • Life jacket is REQUIRED. Spray skirt, either nylon or neoprene, is REQUIRED. Helmet is REQUIRED. I HAVE HELMETS TO LOAN. Flotation in your boat, either dry hold or float bags, is REQUIRED
  • If you are bringing your own boat, IT MUST HAVE EITHER DRY HOLD OR FLOAT BAGS IN THE BACK. Extra flotation in the front is also a good idea.

We'll find a spot on the river to stop and enjoy our picnic about halfway down the river on a beach or island.

We'll go wading and swimming. It's really a fantastic way to spend a day.

Weather: As with most outdoor events, pouring rain or storms may cause us to delay or reschedule. Keep in mind, a little rain won't stop us, but check your email before you leave home for the trip.

Very Important!!!

This is NOT an alcohol free event. Adult beverages can enhance the experience! (In the cabin, not on the river)

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I have a limited number of rentals boats suitable for this river. Call of text if you are interested in a rental boat.

AGAIN, PLEASE CALL OR TEXT ME ABOUT SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS BEFORE YOU SIGN UP,

John Miller[masked] : [masked]

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Hiwassee River, Reliance, TN, Class 2 River

Needs a location

$250.00

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

This weekend is for both paddlers and NON PADDLERS.

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE read this event description ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE so you'll know what our rules and recommendations are.

******** READ BEFORE PAYING-THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION***

We are staying in a cabin that has 5 bedrooms and 5 and 1/2 baths. 2 kitchens, 2 living rooms. Depending on registrations, you may be sharing a room, but NOT A BED. (Unless you are a couple and request it of course.)

Cost is $250.00 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed for Friday and Saturday night, breakfast Saturday morning, Dinner Saturday and Sunday night, Breakfast and Dinner Sunday and breakfast Monday. I will also have makings for sandwiches for lunch Saturday, Sunday and Monday. So that gets you three nights in the cabin plus 5 meals (and 3 lunches). Trust me, that is cheaper than staying in a local hotel and then driving down the road and eating in one of the local spots, and our food is better!

If we get any rain there is a large covered porch. It really is a nice place to hang out with our tribe.

THIS IS A CLASS II RIVER. PLEASE DO NOT PLAN TO PADDLE A HARD KAYAK IF YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE PADDLING AT THIS LEVEL. YOU CAN PADDLE A REC BOAT IF YOU PREFER BUT HELMETS AND SPRAY SKIRTS ARE REQUIRED. I have extra helmets. Sit on tops boats are also fine on this river. We do have some non paddlers who plan to take either rubber ducks or rafts down the river. If you have no interest in paddling there is a lot to do in the area. Beautiful hiking and a winery you can check out.

THIS IS A FUN GUIDED TRIP, NOT A CLASS!

We will be paddling Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Trips will be led by qualified guides.

THIS CAN BE A BEGINNER FRIENDLY RIVER WITH THE CORRECT ARRANGEMENTS. Keep reading.

This is NOT a beginner-friendly trip if you are paddling a kayak. IF you want to rent and paddle a rubber kayak called a duck then it becomes beginner friendly. IF you have some paddling experience then the ducks are suitable for taking children down the river. There are Class 1 and 2+ rapids on the Hiwassee River, so some river kayaking experience is advised for this trip. If you plan to paddle a duck you must call the outfitters and reserve one, if you don't they may not have any available.

(If you are a kayak class grad or intermediate class grad you will be fine.)

The water is cool (around 58 degrees) and usually very clear. The Hiwassee River is dam-controlled, so the level stays about the same year-round. This is a 5+ hour paddle (about a 5.5+ mile paddle downstream). We will be moving slow, playing in the rapids, ferrying and surfing.

  • Life jacket is REQUIRED. Spray skirt, either nylon or neoprene, is REQUIRED. Helmet is REQUIRED. I HAVE HELMETS TO LOAN. Flotation in your boat, either dry hold or float bags, is REQUIRED
  • If you are bringing your own boat, IT MUST HAVE EITHER DRY HOLD OR FLOAT BAGS IN THE BACK. Extra flotation in the front is also a good idea.

We'll find a spot on the river to stop and enjoy our picnic about halfway down the river on a beach or island.

We'll go wading and swimming. It's really a fantastic way to spend a day.

Weather: As with most outdoor events, pouring rain or storms may cause us to delay or reschedule. Keep in mind, a little rain won't stop us, but check your email before you leave home for the trip.

Very Important!!!

This is NOT an alcohol free event. Adult beverages can enhance the experience!

As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

I have a limited number of rentals boats suitable for this river. Call of text if you are interested in a rental boat.

John Miller[masked], www.kayakclassesga.com : [masked]

Past events (797)

Basic River Kayak Class. (8-7)

Needs a location

$145.00

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