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 (5+)

Basic River Kayak Class. (6-29)

CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

$125.00

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])

Basic River Kayak Class. (6-30)

CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

$125.00

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])

"TUNNEL OF TERROR" on the Etowah, Better than fireworks for the 4th.

This trip is water level dependent. If the levels hold above between 150 and 400 CFS we will go. This is NOT a beginner friendly trip. 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. 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 $70.00. If you need a boat, just change the amount of payment from $35.00 to $70.00 when you register and pay. Rental boats will include a paddle, PFD 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 side of the tunnel. If you cannot see this the tunnel may be blocked so I wouldn't advise 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 PFD AT ALL TIMES. If you plan on running the tunnel a Helmet is REQUIRED. Spray skirts are optional. This paddle is open to anything you feel comfortable paddling! We will meet at The Outside World at 9:00 and organize equipment and our shuttle. Parking is EXTREMELY limited by the river, Questions to John Miller at[masked] or email at [masked]

Paddle the CRNRA Park in 4 parts,,,, Part ONE; 8.5 miles

CRNRA Settles Bridge

$35.00

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. THIS IS A BEGINNER/CHILD FRIENDLY TRIP. Cost of the trip is $35 if you have your own boat, $70 if you need a rental boat. CHANGE THE AMOUNT WHEN YOU SIGN UP IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT. The Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is, in my opinion, one of the best kept secrets in Atlanta. Yes, a lot of people do visit it, but many, many more just drive over the Hooch and ignore it. I am from Atlanta and was guilty of that for the first 55 years of my life. Once I finally visited the river and experienced her first hand in a kayak I fell in love. I am doing my best to introduce people to this hidden jewel in a fun and safe way. (This from the official CRNRA website) An Ancient River in a Modern City Today the river valley attracts us for so many reasons. Take a solitary walk to enjoy nature’s display, raft leisurely through the rocky shoals with friends, fish the misty waters as the sun comes up, or have a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Get Outdoors and experience your Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area as you have never done before. The park is spread over a 48 mile section of the Chattahoochee River and consists of the river and 15 land units beginning downstream from Buford Dam at Lake Lanier and ending at Peachtree Creek in metro Atlanta. Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area (CRNRA) is rich in natural and human history, each influenced by the river's pervasive force. Usually clear, cold, and slow moving, the river sometimes plunges as a muddy torrent through its rockbound shoals. For centuries people have been drawn to the river for a source of water, food, and transportation, and in more recent times for power to sustain the mills, factories, and homes built along its banks. Enough of the government propaganda, this is from me. The park is one of the greatest treasures we have in the Atlanta area so come on out and visit it first hand. We are going to tour the park one section at a time broken down into manageable sections. In this trip, PART 1 of 4, we are going to paddle from Settles Bridge Park to Abbotts Bridge Park, a total of 8.5 miles. The water is typically cold and clear in this section and this is prime trout fishing country. On a good day we might sight Bald Eagles or Osprey enjoying a meal of fish! Each of these trips will have a primary guide who is a certified Kayak Instructor as well as Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Air certified. There will be a minimum of 1 additional guide for safety. Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/Life Jackets) are required to be WORN, FULLY FASTENED, at all times. If this is a problem, then do not sign up for these trips. If you have your own equipment the cost of this trip is $35.00. If you need to rent a boat, the cost of the trip is $70.00. A boat, PFD and paddle will be delivered and picked up so you do not have to worry about transport. Rental boats are limited so sign up early if you need a boat. More details we be emailed to all enrolled prior to the trip. Questions are always welcome. John Miller[masked]

Past events (671)

Basic River Kayak Class. (6-23)

CRNRA Johnson Ferry North

$125.00

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