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Kayaking is a great way to experience this beautiful state of Tennessee from the scenic waterways! Take flat water or white water kayak lessons taught by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified L4 Kayak Instructor.

My experience includes:

ACA certified L4 Kayak Instructor and Hook 1 Outfitters Pro Staff Member. Volunteer instructor for Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA) Canoe and Kayak schools and roll classes. TSRA Board member 2013-2016. Volunteer for Team River Runner (helping get our wounded Veterans on the water). Certified in CPR, basic and swift water rescue, winter paddling and class II-III white water.

Each student that books a three hour course will get a FREE student packet full of cool stuff like a Beginners Guide to Safe Paddling, stickers, a thank you piece of safety equipment AND an ACA skills course participation card. THIS IS A CLASS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS :-)

Please email me at if you would like a class more tailored to meet your needs. Let me know if there is a day that would work better for you to take a class and I can make it happen. Would you like for me to tag along on a river with your group? Please let me know. Paddling on rivers is very different then paddling on lakes. Rivers pose different hazards that you should know how to respond to.

Hey... here are some reviews:

Stephanie 8/29/17

Firstly, Renee is awesome. Very knowledgeable and happily shares her knowledge, both for safety and for fun (in that order). She had all the gear ready and put it all way as well. She shared great tips on both river and flat water kayaking. If you're thinking of becoming a paddler...take this class for sure. Thanks, Renee. It was awesome.

Rena Conley 5/7/17

Enjoyed my first kayak lesson with Caleb today. Renee Garside is an awesome instructor! Highly recommend her for beginners or advanced lessons! She's great. Flipping my kayak was scary but she made me feel very confident! Pretty perfect day!

Pam 3/6/17

Thank you Renee for a lot of fun and learning a lot!! Renee was a great instructor-covering EVERYTHING!! Gear, etiquette, safety, technique. Highly recommend her class.

JACK C. 4/23/16

Renee was exceptional. She explained everything completely and answered everyone's questions. She was comfortable to be around and comforting while paddling. She demonstrated every aspect of handling and maneuvering the kayak. She even flipped over to show us what that was like. All in all, a great day and wonderful learning experience.

Janice B. 4/23/16

Absolutely awesome!!! It was everything I was hoping it to be. The safety part, the various kayak types- the instructions were excellent & Renee made it all fun!!! Definitely 5 stars!!!!

Check out our page "What People Are Saying!" for more reviews of the lessons! :-)

I'm looking forward to paddling with you!



Lessons may be arranged privately by calling me at 615-500-8315.

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