• Paddle with Manatees, either 4 or 8 nights, your choice. (Dec 26 to Jan 3rd)

    This trip was sold out so it has not been published. Until tonight. Due to cancellations we now have a few openings.

    BECAUSE OF THE FEW SPACES LEFT YOU CANNOT SIGN UP ONLINE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US YOU CAN RESPOND ON HERE BUT YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED UNTIL YOU CALL OR EMAIL ME.

    There is one private bedroom suitable for a couple that is available for either the entire 8 days or from Dec 26th to 30th or Dec 30th to Jan 3rd.
    Cost of this room is $750 2 people for 4 days or $1500 for 2 people for 8 days. Fees include 3 meals a day, all trips and any expenses such as admission or parking on the trips,

    We also have room in the women's bunkroom for the same periods. Either all 8 days or one of the 4 day segments. Cost of a bed in the bunkroom is $400 for 4 days or $800 for 8 days. Fees include 3 meals a day, all trips and any expenses such as admission or parking on the trips,

    Keep reading:

    Leave winter behind, come with us to Florida!!

    You have a choice of coming down on December 26th and staying for either 4 or 8 nights or coming down on December 30th and staying 4 nights. You have flexibility.

    If you have never experienced a close encounter with these gentle giants you have really missed out.

    We have two houses on the Weeki Wachee River so we will definitely paddle it at some point.

    We will have opportunities to swim with the Manatees,,, it gets chilly. Wet suits, mask and snorkels recommended.

    This is a beginner and kid friendly trip.

    More details will be emailed as we get closer to trip time.

    BECAUSE OF THE FEW SPACES LEFT YOU CANNOT SIGN UP ONLINE. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN JOINING US YOU MUST CALL OR EMAIL ME.

    Questions: JOHN MILLER email: [masked] or call:[masked]

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  • The perfect Christmas Gift! Discounts for 2022 classes and trips.

    Needs a location

    $99.00

    SALE ENDS 12/24/21 AT 7:00. CERTIFICATES ARE GOOD ANYTIME. THEY DO NOT EXPIRE. ONLY ONE CERTIFICATE CAN BE USED PER EVENT

    THIS IS THE BEST PRESENT YOU WILL EVER GIVE TO A LOVED ONE.

    As many of you have discovered, this sport and the people you meet, can be a life changing experience.

    Share it with someone you love and give them the gift that keeps on giving. Introduce them to Kayaking!!!

    We will be offering Beginner Classes, Intermediate/safety Classes, Beginner White Water Classes, Wilderness First Aid Classes, Swift Water Rescue Classes as well as Guided Trips throughout the year. Depending on the weather, classes normally start towards the end of March or early in April. Our trips run year round to include a Manatee trips in Florida and trips to the Okefenokee. We will also be doing weekend trips to the Hiwassee River in Tennessee.

    Most of our one day classes are $145.00. We are offering a chance to take any class for a discount of 32%. Purchase a $145.00 gift certificate for just $99.00. The Certificates can be given away or kept for your personal use. They can be applied towards classes or trips.

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    These are a few remarks from past students:

    "This beginning class is essential for anyone who is serious about kayaking safety and proper technique. Very informative and knowledgeable instruction and a great day as well. ”

    “ Starts with basic critical information and the class built upon that as we moved downstream. Although what we did might not be a big deal for experienced kayakers, for someone who is just learning like myself it was perfect. The instructor as well as his assistants were very friendly, answered all questions in an inviting way and coached us all along the way. They were not afraid to speak up if they observed us doing something that needed improvement, but encouraged us to succeed. Having worked in the healthcare industry for many years I have received much training. This team has a great approach. ”

    “ John is an amazing instructor. His stories are highly entertaining and very educational. It's all about safety with him and he teaches so many valuable things that you absolutely have to know in order to safely be on the water. I'll most. likely take his class for a third or even fourth time because they are so excellent! ”

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    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

    See you on the river, John Miller ACA Instructor
    [masked] or [masked]

  • More Christmas Gifts! 29% Discounts for 2022 GUIDED Trips.

    Needs a location

    $25.00

    $35.00 Gift Certificates for $25.00. A 29% discount,

    SALE ENDS 12/24/21 AT 7:00. CERTIFICATES ARE GOOD ANYTIME. THEY DO NOT EXPIRE. UP TO TWO CERTIFICATES CAN BE USED PER EVENT

    THIS IS THE BEST PRESENT YOU WILL EVER GIVE TO A LOVED ONE.

    If you want to introduce someone to kayaking without the commitment of a class, send them on one of our guided trips. All trips are lead by certified guides and there is always a minimum of two guides on each trip. Most of our trips are suitable for beginners.

    Most of our guided trips are $35.00 if you have your own boat, $70.00 if you use one of our boats. These $35.00 Gift Certificates can be purchased for $25.00, a 29% discount. Use one of them per trip if you have your own boat, use two of them per trip if you need one of our boats. They can be given away or kept for your personal use.

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    These are a few remarks from past students:

    "This beginning class is essential for anyone who is serious about kayaking safety and proper technique. Very informative and knowledgeable instruction and a great day as well. ”

    “ Starts with basic critical information and the class built upon that as we moved downstream. Although what we did might not be a big deal for experienced kayakers, for someone who is just learning like myself it was perfect. The instructor as well as his assistants were very friendly, answered all questions in an inviting way and coached us all along the way. They were not afraid to speak up if they observed us doing something that needed improvement, but encouraged us to succeed. Having worked in the healthcare industry for many years I have received much training. This team has a great approach. ”

    “ John is an amazing instructor. His stories are highly entertaining and very educational. It's all about safety with him and he teaches so many valuable things that you absolutely have to know in order to safely be on the water. I'll most. likely take his class for a third or even fourth time because they are so excellent! ”

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    If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

    See you on the river, John Miller ACA Instructor
    [masked] or [masked]

  • Fall in the Okefenokee Swamp,,,,,,,,,,

    Online event

    Tickets MUST BE purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-in-the-okefenokee-swamp-and-pioneer-days-festival-tickets-161948445159
    until you purchase your ticket{s} you are not registered.

    REGISTRATION IS GOING TO BE TRICKY!

    1. Everyone needs an Event ticket regardless of where you are staying. This ticket includes three evening meals.

    2. If you are staying in the Lodge with us you will need a second ticket. This is just for your cabin.

    3. If you need a rental boat you will need a third ticket.

    On this trip we will enjoy paddling in the swamp and ALSO have a chance to experience Pioneer Days.

    We will see the swamp in its' fall glory WITHOUT THE MOSQUITOES!!!! And air conditioned cabins make the nights comfortable!!

    We will paddle from Stephen Foster State Park on Friday. Saturday we will visit the Folkston part of the park and we will do a hike or visit Pioneer Days. After lunch on Saturday we will take a guided boat tour that takes us farther into the swamp than we can make it in our boats,
    There will be 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.

    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, each in a double bed. 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 an event 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 $195 per adult, $95 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)

    The 1 bed efficiencies will rent for $395 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.

    Tandem (2 person) sit on top kayaks will be available to rent for $125 for the weekend.

    Single kayaks (sit inside) kayaks will be available to rent for $95 for the weekend.

    IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE CALL ME BEFORE SIGNING UP.

    John Miller,[masked]

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  • Fall Colors on Etowah River, Paddle through Dawson Forest

    Etowah Scenic River Park

    $35.00

    HOPEFULLY we will catch the leaves at the peak of their color.

    Let's go for Mexican after the paddle.......

    THIS IS THE MOST POPULAR SECTION OF THE ETOWAH. If you have never done this before, don't wait any longer. If you have done it before come on back. We would love to see you.

    Let's paddle, swim, (maybe) hike to the water falls and play on the rope swing. (maybe) This is a beginner and kid friendly trip for sure.

    We watch the weather and river levels very carefully. The decision to go or cancel due to weather is made the night before at approximately 6:00 pm so check your email for updates the night before and before you leave your house Monday morning.

    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 $70.00.

    IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT CHANGE THE PAYMENT AMOUNT TO $70.00 WHEN YOU SIGN UP.

    BRING: lunch (no hard sided coolers, soft 6 pack size works fine if using a rental boat), 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!!!!! A light weight rain jacket will keep you dry and warm even if it does not rain.

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

    ...Keep reading to ensure you have all the information necessary to enjoy the class...

    This 9-mile paddle on the Etowah run takes you through Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area and past Shoal Creek, the proposed site of a massive dam & reservoir project that would impact flows on the Etowah and habitat for endangered fish species. We will paddle from Hwy 9 to the Kelly Bridge takeout.

    For those that have not paddled this section, it is beautiful and suitable for beginners. Do not be surprised if we have to dodge a few strainers.

    We will stop by a cool water fall. A true "Kodak moment".

    This is not a race. We will be moving slow, playing in eddies, watching for wildlife, swimming in the cool waters, picnicking by the river, etc, etc.

    Please arrive at The River Park NO LATER than 9:00 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded NO LATER than 9:00 am. We will organize our shuttle arrangements at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00.

    More info will come in an email once you sign up for this trip.

    John Miller
    [masked]

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  • Fall on the Etowah (Euharlee to 411)

    Etowah River Boat Landing on Euharlee Rd

    $35.00

    THIS TRIP IS BEGINNER/KID FRIENDLY,

    You will have to ride in a shuttle vehicle with others. Everyone will wear a mask. 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.

    PLEASE BRING A MASK.

    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 islands 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 $70.00 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 $70.00.

    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., etc.

    Please arrive at the put in NO LATER than 9:00 am. If you have a boat to unload, you need to be unloaded no later than 9:00 am. We will organize our shuttle at that time and plan on being out of the parking lot by 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00.

    John Miller
    [masked]

  • Basic River Kayak Class. (10-10) Last class of the year.

    CRNRA Settles Bridge

    $125.00

    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.

    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 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. 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 McGinnis Ferry Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class I 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 4-5 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]

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (10-9)

    CRNRA Settles Bridge

    $125.00

    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.

    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 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 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 McGinnis Ferry Park. At the end of the course, you should feel comfortable paddling rivers with Class I 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 4-5 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]