• Level 3 Swift Water Rescue (SWR) Training

    Needs a location

    $235.00

    This is a Level 3 class. It is for anyone who paddles on Rivers, period. It is not as technical as the Level 4 class which is geared more to the serious white water paddlers. DO RESPOND ON HERE BUT TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION PLEASE GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/basic-l3-swift-water-rescue-class-tuckaseegee-river-tickets-62959784410 PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE ANNOUNCEMENT BEFORE SIGNING UP!!! This class usually fills up fast so don't wait to long to secure your spot. Even if you have just started paddling and never intend to paddle big rapids, you should consider taking 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 do do if you fall 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. 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! Registration cuts off May 12th. 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 Keep reading please!! This is a BASIC Swift Water Rescue Class. The things you learn will be very helpful to you even if you never paddle big white water. Any river has the potential to be dangerous and this class prepares you to paddle safe. BOATS ARE NOT EVEN REQUIRED SO YOU WILL NOT BE REQUIRED TO PADDLE IN WHITE WATER. That means this class can benefit you regardless of your experience level. I personally participate in a SWR class a minimum of every two years. *************************************************************************************************** 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. This class will be taught by some of the best in the SWR industry. Sam Fowlkes will be the primary instructor. 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]

  • BABY Gator PHOTO OPPORTUNITY in the beautiful Okefenokee. (Home of Kermit)

    You must go to : https://www.eventbrite.com/e/baby-gator-hunt-in-the-beautiful-okefenokee-tickets-61974891569 to register and pay. $50.00 PER PERSON DISCOUNT IF YOU REGISTER BY JULY 15TH. You can enter the swamp by Kayak, Canoe OR Motorboat. If you prefer canoe or motorboat contact John for details. Yes it will be warm and muggy in August but according to the Rangers in the park it will be worth it. Moms lay their eggs in June and July, and they start hatching 65 days later. Baby Alligators typically hatch in late July and early August. They are about 6 to 8 inches long when first hatched and moms typically lay 35 to 50 eggs with some laying up to 90. Babies hang out with their mothers for a minimum of a year, some as long as 3 years. The younger they are, the closer they stick to mom. I am hoping to see babies riding on mom, or see mom carrying them in her mouth. PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRELY BEFORE SIGNING UP FOR THIS TRIP. We will paddle different sections of the swamp on Friday and Saturday with an optional paddle on Sunday.. We will be leaving the boats to explore some islands and have lunch on wooden decks. We will get off the water early enough Sunday for you to drive home. This is about a 5 hour drive from Atlanta. Saturday we do start with a nature hike on a raised board walk that goes about 3/4 of a mile over the swamp The Eco-Lodge is located in Fargo, GA, just north of the Suwannee 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. This is a kid friendly trip. 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 are included. VERY IMPORTANT: HOW MANY TICKETS DO YOU NEED? If you are staying off site, NOT in the Lodge, you need one event ticket. If you are staying in the lodge you need two tickets. One for the event, one for the lodge. (Several choices to stay in lodge) If you need a rental boat that is an additional ticket whether you stay off site or in the lodge. Cost of the trip will be $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. The 1 bed efficiencies rent for $350 for all 3 nights. They sleep 2 people. The efficiencies with 2 double beds rent for $475 for three nights. They 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 $225 for three nights. 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. John Miller,[masked]

  • Level 4 Swift Water Rescue (SWR) Training

    Fowlkes Property

    $235.00

    DO RESPOND ON HERE BUT TO COMPLETE REGISTRATION PLEASE GO TO: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/l4-swift-water-rescue-class-tuckaseegee-river-tickets-62960053214 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-tickets-62960053214 AND COMPLETE YOUR REGISTRATION.

  • Labor Day weekend on the Hiwassee, Class 2 river, Aug 31st to Sept 2nd

    You must go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hiwassee-river-trip-class-2-rapids-labor-day-august-31-september-2-tickets-65682964515 to register and pay. This will be a small group with limited tickets. Register quickly. ***PLEASE READ BEFORE PAYING****THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION*** YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS OPTION ONE: Cost is $225 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed in the "Big House" for Saturday and Sunday night, Dinner Saturday night, Breakfast and Dinner Sunday and Breakfast Monday morning. 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!!! (House info below) The house is very comfortable for large groups but there is NO PRIVACY and no private bedrooms. The entire house is set up like a large bunk house. The house does have AC and two bathrooms so no trips to the bathhouse with the campers in the middle of the night, (All campsites always sell out for this weekend) There is a large kitchen. There is a fire pit in the backyard. If we get any rain there is a large covered front porch. It really is a nice place to hang out with our tribe. OPTION TWO: Cost is $95 per person for the weekend. That includes a bed in the "Bunk House" for Saturday and Sunday night, Dinner Saturday night, Breakfast and Dinner Sunday and Breakfast Monday morning. So that gets you two nights in the bunkhouse plus 4 meals. The bunkhouse is a large screened rooms furnished with bunk beds. No AC and no bathrooms. The public bath house is about 50-75 yards away. Bunk beds have vinyl covered mattresses and nothing else. Sleeping bags work well. There is power if you want to bring a fan. (and extension cord) THIS IS A CLASS II RIVER. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP 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. THIS IS A FUN 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 jackets are REQUIRED, Spray skirts, either nylon or neoprene, are REQUIRED. Helmets are REQUIRED. I HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF HELMETS TO LOAN. * ALL BOATS 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!!! There is a lot to do in the area even if you are not paddling all three days. Non paddlers are welcome to come with you and enjoy the area while you are paddling. I do not have any rental boats available for this trip. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. John Miller[masked], kayakclassesga@gmail