Rapid Learning: Intro to Whitewater Kayaking Skills Class
May 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Learn to whitewater kayak with Outdoor Chattanooga’s Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. This dynamic program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction to beginner and seasoned kayakers and aims to teach you how to safely and comfortably paddle up to class III whitewater. Our instructors have years of experience teaching and are nationally certified.
Attend an Introduction to Kayaking Skills Class to learn essential skills and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool. These classes are offered regularly throughout the year and can be joined anytime. Instruction is provided in a group setting with an emphasis on proper equipment and gear fit, skill-building, goal-setting, and safety. Equipment is provided, or paddlers may bring their own. Skills classes and the Rapid Learning Program are most appropriate for ages 8 and older. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Skills classes occur every Wednesday, May through September at Chester Frost County Park, at the far end of the swimming beach by the first boat ramp.
Pick a session time. Limit 15 people per session. Must pre-register.
Session 1 | 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Session 2 | 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
**New for 2021 – Online reservations required in advance. Sessions are limited to 15 people due to COVID concerns and precautions. We no longer allow walk-ups.
Join a skills class any time of the year; no prior experience or equipment required to attend and your first visit is free! If you’re hooked after the first free session, sign up to become a Rapid Learning Member to access instruction and equipment for an entire year! $75 individual membership or $125 for a family membership.
Kayakers are eligible to attend instructional river trips once they have demonstrated essential skills such as confident wet exits, basic self-rescue, and effective maneuvering of the kayak during a Skills Class at the lake or pool. Instructional river trips are offered throughout the summer and require instructor approval and pre-registration. Visit our Rapid Learning program page to learn more.
Inclement weather may delay or cancel these classes. We do our best to continue classes in the rain, but not lightning. Cancellations are posted on the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program Facebook page for immediate communications.