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Rapid Learning 2-day River/ intermediate/ Whitewater Kayak Instruction
August 10 - August 11
The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program provides formal kayak instruction and guided practice for beginner paddlers to learn how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III+ whitewater.
This two-day instructional river trip is intended for beginner to intermediate paddlers who want an immersive whitewater kayaking experience in a small group setting to practice whitewater kayak skills on class II-III whitewater on the Tuckasege River.
River trips are offered in a small group setting with an emphasis on building skills according to the pace of each individual paddler. Our experienced instructors have paddled a variety of rivers worldwide, and follow American Canoe Association (ACA) standards when instructing. Paddlers will learn to “read water”, which is the ability to see and react with various river features, as well as ferrying, peel-outs, eddy catching, and safety. Equipment is provided if needed.
Paddlers are eligible for river trips once they have attended a kayak skills class and demonstrated essential skills such as confident wet exits, basic self-rescue, and can effectively maneuver the kayak with paddle strokes. Registration is required in advance and limited to keep the group size small.
Cost: $35 for Rapid Learning members / $45 for non-members per day. All kayak equipment and transportation are included in the price. There is no discount if you have your own equipment or transport yourself. Paddlers can elect to participate in one day instead of both, but this is offered as a two-day instructional course due to distance traveled from Chattanooga.
Recommendations for nearby accommodations can be provided, but are not included in the price. All paddlers are responsible for their own meals during the weekend.
Pre-requisite: Have participated in at least one fundamentals of kayaking and skills practice through the Rapid Learning Program at Chester Frost Park Wednesday nights from 6-7 or 7-8 pm. The skills practice is free the first time, then it is a pay ahead/membership program. No membership required if you use all of your own equipment. It takes time to master these skills!
To register for this instructional whitewater river trip, call Outdoor Chattanooga at 423-643-6888 or register at the weekly kayak skills classes.