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SOLD OUT BUT WE WILL BE GOING BACK IN NOVEMBER. If you have any questions do not hesitate to call me. [masked] This is a beginner friendly trip. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRELY BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS TRIP. REGISTRATION IS GOING TO BE TRICKY! YOU WILL HAVE TO GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okefenokee-gator-hunt-spring-in-the-swamp-tickets-53227866983 TO REGISTER AND PAY. YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT UNTIL YOU TAKE THAT STEP. I first visited the Okefenokee in 2016 and am truly sorry I did not go sooner. My wife and I fell in love with it and will go back at least once a year as long as I can walk or be carried!! The Okefenokee contains many types of habitat – islands, lakes, cypress forests, scrub-shrub areas and open ‘wet’ prairies. We might see sandhill cranes and bald eagles. In November the swamp should be changing and getting ready for winter. As we paddle through the swamp, keep a lookout for alligators, deer, white ibis, herons, egrets and maybe even a black bear. We will paddle different sections of the swamp on Friday and Saturday and possibly a Black Water Lake Sunday on the way home. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on dry land. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home. This is about a 4 1/2 hour drive from Atlanta. We will be staying in the beautiful Eco-Lodge. The Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, just north of the Suwanee River, and is managed by the Stephen C. Foster State Park. The Eco-Lodge is a conference center with a commercial kitchen, meeting room and 10 cottages, each in a beautiful, natural, private location. There will be no other guests at the Eco-Lodge besides us! This facility is as nice as anything I have ever stayed at. There are 4 efficiency cabins that each have one double bed. 4 efficiency cabins that have 2 double beds. (Efficiency means one large room with separate bathroom) Since none of the cabins have twin beds, filling each of them is going to get tricky. Hopefully we will have 4 couples that take the 1 bed efficiencies. The two bed efficiencies are suitable for families since they will sleep up to 4 people. I know many of you will be coming alone and will not want to share a bed so we will pair you up with a same sex roommate. Because of the bed situation we could have from 20 to 40 people on this trip. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH ME AS WE TRY TO ASSIGN BEDS AND MAXIMIZE PARTICIPATION. If you want to join us on the trip and make your own arrangements to stay somewhere else, camping, hotel, etc, that is fine also. You will simply need to purchase a ticket and let me know where you will be staying. Even if you stay off site your evening meals with the group are included. Cost of the trip is $175 per adult, $75 per child under 16. That fee will include a catered meal Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. You will be responsible for breakfast and lunch. The kitchens make that easy! (This fee does not include your cabin or boat rental) IF YOU WANT TO SHARE A CABIN WITH A FRIEND, BUT NOT SHARE THE BED, YOU ARE WELCOME TO DO THAT AND PUT SOMEONE ON THE FLOOR IN A SLEEPING BAG OR ON THE COUCH. ONE PERSON RENTS THE CABIN, EVERYONE BUYS A TICKET. JUST MAKE SURE I KNOW YOU ARE DOING THAT. YOU CAN SAVE A FEW BUCKS DOING IT THIS WAY. The 1 bed efficiencies will rent for $375 for all 3 nights. These units sleep 2 people. The efficiencies with 2 double beds will rent for $495 for three nights. These cabins sleep up to 4 people. If you are coming by yourself and want to be matched up with a room mate the cost will be $250 for three nights. If you have a preferred room mate let me know when you register and I will make sure you are paired up. Tandem (2 person) sit on top kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend. Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $75 for the weekend. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP. John Miller,[masked]
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, PFD and paddle unless you indicate that you have your own boat. (This is not a 'roll' class) Class ending time varies, however, we typically are done between 5:00-6:00pm. 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 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. 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 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. If you have any questions please call or email John Miller at[masked] or [masked] ([masked])
This has been our Easter celebration/tradition for years. No better church than the outdoors regardless of your religion or lack thereof!! We always watch the weather and dam release schedules. Sometimes we have to cancel or reschedule trips last minute. Be sure to check your email the night before and the morning of this paddle for last minute changes. This is a guided trip. PFD's must be worn at all times on the river. Morgan Falls to Paces Mill. I can't think of any place I would rather celebrate this day than under the sky and trees. This is not a race but a celebration of life so we will be "smelling the flowers" along the way. If you have your own boat, the cost of the trip is $35.00. IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT THE TOTAL FOR THE DAY IS $70.00, $35 FOR THE TRIP, $35 FOR THE BOAT. The boat is delivered and picked up for you so it is very convenient. Just put in the appropriate amount when you are prompted to pay. I hope to see you there. For those who have not paddled this stretch before, it is about 4+ miles of flat water, followed by about 2 more miles of shoals, class I, and class I+ rapids,,, some folks even call them class II's. I consider this a great trip for beginners, and yes, it includes the part of the river known as the Metro Hooch where the white water boaters like to play when they can't make it to the big water! Bring lunch and something to drink. This is an all day trip! Any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me. We will meet at 8:30 to organize our shuttle and should be on the water at approximately 9:30. Moving at a slow pace and stopping for lunch will probably get us off the water around 3 or so but remember, we will be on RIVER TIME! John Miller [masked], [masked]
DO RESPOND ON HERE BUT TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION PLEASE GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/l4-swift-water-rescue-class-tuckaseegee-river-north-carolina-tickets-58397540616 PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE SIGNING UP. Sam Fowlkes and Robin Pope are two of the best instructors in North America!! ONLY 10 SPOTS and class usually fills up fast so don't wait to long to secure your spot. Even if you have just started paddling but plan to paddle bigger white water in the future you should take this course!! If you paddle any where on moving water this is for you. I took this course the first year I got in a boat and have now taken it a total of 5 times with different instructors. This is not a white water paddling class. This is a safety class for you and your paddling buddies. What to do if you come out of your boat, how to wade across rapids to help someone or recover equipment, what do do if someone does get caught in a strainer or they get a foot entrapment. How to swim safely in moving water and much more. Trust me on this, ANYONE WHO PADDLES A KAYAK ON A RIVER needs this training. It will make you a much safer and confident paddler even though the course does not use boats! If you have any questions or want to talk about this with me, please call. [masked] Warm regards to you all and I hope to see you on the river soon. John Miller *************************************************************************************************** Camping is on the property where the classes take place and is included in the price. Once you are checked in, NO COMMUTE! This is a special class that is offered to our members. It is designed to give you the tools to perform a safe and swift river rescue. Class location will be on the Tuckasegee River near Double Drop rapid. MANY MORE DETAILS WILL BE EMAILED TO YOU WHEN YOU SIGN UP! Due to the limited spaces in this course there is a strict refund policy in effect. Places to stay: Camping is available on site for no charge. (Camper Agreement Required). It is primitive camping, tent sites and a tepee, with porta john, warm weather shower (cold water) and a picnic shelter with electricity. Camping and motels offsite: Information available upon request. Questions? John Miller ,[masked] YOU DO NOT HAVE A SPOT IN THIS CLASS UNTIL YOU GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/l4-swift-water-rescue-class-tuckaseegee-river-north-carolina-tickets-58397540616 AND COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION.