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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 (3)

"TUNNEL OF TERROR" on the Etowah. July 2nd

Needs a location

$75.00

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.

This trip is water level dependent. If the levels hold between 150 and 350 CFS we will go.

This is NOT a beginner friendly trip. If you have taken our beginner class you will be fine. The last time we did this we had to get out of our boats and pull them over big river wide strainers several times. You must be able to get in and out of your boat and help get it over the strainers if we encounter them again. Even with the strainers and the work the trip is always worth it. (the strainers are not always there)

PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY TO THE END!!

This is a guided trip as opposed to a class. Nothing bigger than a class I rapid on this trip but the strainers can be a challenge. It is not for someone who HAS NEVER PADDLED BEFORE. You should be experienced enough to control your boat and negotiate small rapids and then climb over trees if necessary.

Spray skirts are optional, HELMETS ARE REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets.

Cost:

If you have your own boat the fee for the trip is $35.00. That includes the shuttle.

If you need to rent a boat, the fee for the trip will be a total of $75.00. If you have your own boat, just change the amount of payment from $75.00 to $35.00 when you register and pay. Rental boats will include a paddle, life jacket and helmet.

If you haven't paddled through the old Gold Mine tunnel then you are in for a real treat. Normally it is a[masked] minute ride through the tunnel and this may be one of the most exciting thing you do kayaking.

Getting to the tunnel. The tunnel is located 3.5 miles below Castleberry Bridge. When we get to the tunnel the river splits. At this point you have two choices, go through or go around. There is a small ledge just past where the river splits and then it is an easy ¾ mile ride around to where the tunnel rejoins the river.

Details of the tunnel. From your kayak seat you should see a small dot of light which is the other end of the tunnel. If you cannot see this light the tunnel may be blocked and we will not be going through.

The ride is absolutely thrilling. It is bumpy, noisy, dark and wet. Noisy and bumpy from the water and or your kayak bouncing on the rough bottom. As you enter the tunnel it gets darker and darker until all you can see is the dot of light at the end. Your kayak will rock and roll as you go through and take on water if you don't have a skirt. There is a drop-off inside the tunnel and part way through the downhill angle changes and the ride gets a little faster. Your paddle will be useless except for pushing yourself away from the wall.

Just before you exit there is a shaft above that leads straight up to open air.

Somewhere in the middle there is a bow in the tunnel on the right side. You probably won't but if you end up in this bow you will not slow down but the light at the end of the tunnel will disappear for a second or two. These seconds will seem like eternity and your blood pressure will soar. Don't worry. You will be in the water flow and will keep going and the light will re-appear. It just scares the h---out of you so you have been fore-warned.

Bring a lunch and we'll find a place to eat.

If you are going to join me on this trip you will be expected to wear your LIFE JACKET AT ALL TIMES. If you plan on running the tunnel a Helmet is REQUIRED. I will have extra helmets. Spray skirts are optional.

This paddle is open to anything you feel comfortable paddling!

We will meet in the parking lot by the Varsity at 8:30 and organize equipment and our shuttle. Parking is EXTREMELY limited by the river,

Questions to John Miller at[masked] or email at [masked]

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Guided Paddle on the Etowah (Euharlee to 411) July 3rd

Needs a location

$35.00

THIS TRIP IS BEGINNER/KID FRIENDLY,
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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 trip around 6 pm. It is imperative that you check your email late the night before or first thing in the morning of the trip for any last minute changes.

We usually share the river with very few people, even on weekends. This is beginner/family friendly. Rental boats available.

IF YOU HAVE NEVER PADDLED THIS SECTION OF THE ETOWAH, DON'T MISS YOUR CHANCE. THIS SECTION IS ONE OF THE PRETTIEST RIVERS IN GEORGIA.

This 10-mile paddle may be the most scenic and popular paddle on the Etowah River in Bartow County. The paddle path crosses no less than 6 Native American fish weirs and winds beneath riverside bluffs. The highlight is a 0.2 mile rock garden followed by a series of island and shoals. With many places to stop and play , this is a favorite paddle for families. No obstacles exceed Class 1 in difficulty.

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 total for the day and 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. When you sign up, if you need a boat just change the amount to $75.00.

BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers if you are renting a boat, soft 6 pack size works fine), 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!!!!!

All GLASSES/Sunglasses should be secured by a cord. There is a possibility of loss.

This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, etc.

Please arrive at the put in NO LATER than 8:30 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be UNLOADED no later than 8:30 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 8:45. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00.

IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $75.00.

John Miller
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Basic River Kayak Class. (7-10)

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]

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