Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Have you recently purchased your own kayak/canoe/SUP, but lack the confidence to get out and explore Chattanooga’s scenic waterways on your own? BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and join Outdoor Chattanooga for an introduction to flatwater paddling course that will give you the confidence to safely and smartly paddle Chattanooga’s scenic waterways! Paddle Smart Chattanooga classes are taught by Outdoor Chattanooga’s experienced paddling instructors who share their knowledge and offer insight on the best ways to set up your boat, transport your craft, paddling techniques, navigation essentials, entry and exit practices, self rescue techniques, TN boater laws, understanding CFS-water flow and how it can affect you, safety precautions and resources for recreational paddling in the Chattanooga area. You’ll learn the basics to keep yourself safe in any scenario and proper trip planning skills to make the most of every water-based adventure!

Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Get smart and take your paddling to the next level.

Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Get smart and take your paddling to the next level.

Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Get smart and take your paddling to the next level.

Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Get smart about paddling Chattanooga’s scenic waterways.

Paddle Smart Chattanooga

Get smart about paddling Chattanooga’s scenic waterways.

2019 Paddle Smart Classes

All classes cost: $10 per person for two hours of instruction. All classes are scheduled to occur from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Classes are designed for participants who have and use their own paddling equipment. Loaner boats are not available for this class. This class is appropriate for ages 10+, but they must be accompanied by a participating adult. Pre-Registration is required as class sizes are limited to ensure quality instruction in a small group setting.
Register online here or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888. 
Thursday, May 16 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park
Tuesday, June 11 – Tennessee River Downtown, Coolidge Park
Tuesday, July 9 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park
Tuesday, August 13 – Tennesee River Downtown, Coolidge Park
Tuesday, September 10 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park

What You’ll Learn

  • How to set up and adjust your boat, paddle and PFD (Personal Floatation Device) to comfortably fit you
  • Beginner to intermediate paddle strokes, braces and maneuvers to keep your kayak upright, and in the direction you want it to go
  • Navigation essentials and Tennessee boater laws
  • Self rescue skills including exit and re-entry methods.
  • Understanding CFS-water flow and levels and how it can affect you when paddling
  • Safety precautions and resources for recreational paddling in the Chattanooga area

FAQs

When and where are the kayak skills classes offered?

Class location rotates between Chester Frost County Park on Chickamauga Lake and the Tennessee River-downtown access in Coolidge Park. All classes are scheduled 6:00-8:00 PM.

2019 Class Dates:
Thursday, May 16 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park
Tuesday, June 11 – Tennessee River Downtown, Coolidge Park
Tuesday, July 9 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park
Tuesday, August 13 – Tennesee River Downtown, Coolidge Park
Tuesday, September 10 – Chickamauga Lake, Chester Frost County Park

 

Do I have to make a reservation?

Reservations are required in advance as class sizes are limited to offer quality instruction in a small group setting. Register online here or call 423-643-6888 to learn more.

Do I need to have my own equipment

Yes. Classes are designed for participants who have and use their own paddling equipment. Loaner boats are not available for this class. .

How much does it cost?

All classes cost: $10 per person for two hours of instruction.

What's the minimum age and do I have to have experience to participate?

These classes are appropriate for ages 10+, but they must be accompanied by a participating adult. No experience required to participate, but you must have your own watercraft and paddling equipment to participate. 

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Mountain to Town- Bicycle Adventure

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Canoe the North Chickamauga Creek with TenneSEA

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

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Cancelled: Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

5

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Adaptive Cycling

Grotto Meeting

7

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

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12

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Learn to Belay

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Paddle Smart Chattanooga- A Paddlesports Safety Class

Bike to Work: Celebrate-Connect- Cycle

Pedal and Paddle Dual Sport Adventure

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour

Full Moon Kayak Lake Tour

Sunbelt Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga

Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Traffic Skills 101 for Bike Commuting – Learn to “drive” your bicycle in traffic

Chattanooga Bicycle Club – Monthly Meeting

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

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24

Battle @the Bend- skateboard competition

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

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Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

Rapid Learning: Intro to Kayak and Skills Practice

30

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

TVCC Paddle School/ assistance by Rapid Learning Whitewater Program

Chattanooga RAT RACE 2019 /Open Water Swim

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Did You Know?

The Chattanooga region holds many diverse paddling opportunities for beginners and experts to enjoy. The Tennessee River flows through the heart of downtown Chattanooga and is considered a national Blueway destination for recreational paddlers. All 45 miles from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam are navigable and accessible to paddle crafts of all types. You can enjoy a leisurely paced afternoon paddle downtown or in the gorge, or turn it into a multi-day adventure! The lakes and tributaries feeding into the river also offer a multitude of paddling options. Our website offers the most comprehensive list of public accessible launches in the Chattanooga region. Come out and paddle with us!

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