The 50th Annual Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School follow up paddle is being held July 16-18, 2021 at the Hiwassee / Ocoee Scenic River State Park located at 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, Tennessee on the Hiwassee River.
Due to COVID we had to change up the Whitewater Canoe and Kayak school. This year it is a learning series that will cover the entire summer. One weekend out of each month there will be a river trip with instruction. The fee will cover all the learning series. You will learn skills on different rivers though out the summer, have support on new rivers, and meet new people. The first learning series will be July 16-18. There will be watersports safety education, skills & drills learning and some river games. There will be something for everyone. Come join us on one of the three trips we will have- Nantahala, Hiwassee, and Ocoee
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Registration cost will include the two day paddle trips with education and a fun time. If you are interested in camping you can reach out to Deb Gilbertson. She has secured some camping at Gee Creek. This year the price does not include camping or meals. We hope to get back to normal next year. There will be a link on our calendar for some camping spots during this event.
This school is for beginner whitewater canoe and kayak paddlers up to advanced paddlers ages 12 and up. Instructional opportunities will include on and off-river lessons covering orientation and logistics; terminology and river signals; stroke work, self and assisted rescue; fundamentals of river features; whitewater practice such as eddy turns, ferries and surfing; assessing current environmental conditions; and paddling group dynamics. On-water instruction is based on skill level.
Classes may begin on Parksville Lake to work on self and assisted rescue techniques and advance to the Hiwassee River or the Ocoee River. Our registration form will request information about paddling skill to help our instructors organize classes. Our main goal is to provide participants with quality skill-level based instruction on all the tools to have fun and be safe on the water! This is a fun filled, educational weekend for family and friends and is a unique occasion to learn new skills from certified instructors and to meet experienced paddlers who love to teach and enjoy developing new enthusiasts for the sport.
What to Bring: You must furnish and keep up with your own equipment for the school. If you do not have kayak or canoe equipment, you should be able to rent from a local outdoor retailer near your home. The following is a minimum list of equipment necessary for the school:
Kayakers: Whitewater Kayak (fits your weight and height) Paddle (appropriate for your grip and length) Spray Skirt (be sure it fits the cockpit and your waist) Helmet (appropriate for whitewater and head size) PFD (Personal Flotation Device- Type III) Flotation –Air bags
Canoeists: Whitewater Solo or Tandem Canoe, Paddle(s) (a spare is nice to have), Flotation –Air bags, Helmet, PFD
ALL PADDLERS SHOULD HAVE: Exposure Protection – polypropylene, wool, paddling jacket, wetsuit or drysuit NO COTTON! The Hiwassee water is COLD- You will need extra layers. Carry with you in dry bag: River booties or other foot protection (no sandals) – You will be walking on rocks! Dry bag – for keeping lunch, extra clothing, camera and valuables dry, Sunglasses with retainers, Nose clips (optional), Sunblock (oil free), Water Bottle (hydration is very important on the river)
*Leave valuable rings at home! Each year, a paddler loses a special ring on the river.
For more information, email Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School here.