• Basic River Kayak Class. POSTPONED, WEATHER.

    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])

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  • Paddle the CRNRA Park in 4 parts,,,, Part TWO, 11 miles (6-8)

    CRNRA Medlock Bridge

    $35.00

    IF YOU NEED A RENTAL BOAT be sure to change the payment amount to $70.00 and answer the question about height and weight. 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 in the morning. 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 2 of 4, we are going to paddle from CRNRA Medlock Bridge Park to CRNRA Island Ford, the park headquarters, a total of 11 miles. The water has started to warm slightly but is still chilly and usually not as clear as farther up the river. We will run some small rapids, see a bit more of park history and pass by some really big river houses. If you are willing to get wet you can probably go home with a few dozen golf balls! 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 an additional guide for safety. Personal Flotation Devices (PFD/Life Jackets) are required to be worn at all times fully fastened. 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. Simply change the amount from $35 to $70 when you register if you need a rental boat, More details we be emailed to all enrolled prior to the trip. Questions are always welcome. John Miller[masked]

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (6/2)

    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])

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (6/1)

    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])

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  • Guided Paddle on the Etowah (Euharlee to 411)

    Etowah River Boat Landing on Euharlee Rd

    $35.00

    AVOID THE HOLIDAY CROWDS ON THE CHATTAHOOCHEE AND OTHER BETTER KNOWN RIVERS. THIS TRIP IS BEGINNER/KID FRIENDLY, 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. 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 again before you leave your house in the 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 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, 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 8:45 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 between 9:00 and 9:15. We normally get off the river between 4:00 and 5:00. John Miller [masked]

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  • Etowah River, Paddle through Dawson Forest

    Etowah Scenic River Park

    $35.00

    AVOID THE HOLIDAY RUSH ON THE BETTER KNOWN RIVERS!!! Let's paddle, swim, hike to the water falls and play on the rope swing. 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 Saturday 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 TOTAL FOR THE DAY IS $70.00, $35 FOR THE TRIP, $35 FOR THE BOAT. 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 IF YOU NEED A BOAT BE SURE TO 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 must 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. 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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  • 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. 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]

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  • Private Kayak Class

    Needs a location

    Private class. We are happy to host private classes, birthday parties, team building, etc.

  • Basic L-3 Swift Water Rescue Class, POSTPONED

    Fowlkes Property

    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-55491508596 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]

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  • Basic River Kayak Class. (5/12) POSTPONED, THUNDERSTORMS,,,,,,

    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])

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