Learn How to Whitewater Kayak!
Outdoor Chattanooga teaches adults and kids ages 8 and older the kayak skills needed to safely and confidently paddle whitewater streams. From your first Rapid Learning skills development class to your first Class III run, Outdoor Chattanooga’s American Canoe Association certified staff will be right beside you offering instruction and encouragement.
Whitewater Kayak Skills Development Classes
Join our skills development classes at anytime; no experience, reservations, or equipment required. Your first visit is free!
Skills classes are designed for beginners to learn correct and safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool.
Summer Schedule (May-September)
Two sessions offered every Wednesday, 6-7 and 7-8 p.m.
Winter Schedule (December-April)
Two sessions offered once a month, 7-8 and 8-9 p.m.
- How to adjust a kayak 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
- Self rescue skills: wet exit, buddy rescues, boat over boat emptying techniques, wet re-entry, and a variety of kayak rolls
- Flat water kayak skills preparation for a whitewater (or flat water) environment
- To get wet: bring a change of clothes and a towel
- All participants must be able to get in and out of a kayak on land
- Ability to swim is a plus, though not necessary
- A set of good noseplugs will make learning more comforable
- The first visit to Rapid Learning is free. After that, participants must join the program.
- All participants must sign a waiver of liability.
- Underage participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- No alcohol, tobacco, firearms or inappropriate behavior.
- Participants with their own gear (kayak, paddle, pfd, skirt) may participate for a $10 daily membership fee.
Rapid Learning Annual Membership
After your first free session, you can continue with instruction and learning the skills necessary to whitewater kayak with an annual membership.
$75 per individual
$125 per family
*Price includes access to kayak equipment and instruction at all roll clinics and skills practice sessions year round, plus discounted instructional river trips.
Whitewater Kayaking Instructional River Trips
Put your paddling techniques learned in skills classes to use on moving current during instructional river trips. With emphasis on boat control, you’ll practice catching eddies, cross river ferrying, reading the water, and developing river awareness. Our experienced guides will be right there with you to encourage and instruct as you test and hone your whitewater skills on the river.
Attendance of at least one skills development course is mandatory before participating in an instructional river trip. Reservations and payment are required in advance.
2017 Instructional River Trip Dates and Other Offerings:
June 2-4 TVCC Paddle School
June 18 Beginner River Instruction
June 25 Beginner River Instruction
July 2 Beginner River Instruction
July 16 Beginner River Instruction
July 22-23 WNC 2-day Beginner/Intermediate River Instruction
July 29 TVCC/ Rapid Learning Rescue Rodeo
Aug 13 Intermediate River Instruction
Aug 26-27 WNC 2-day Beginner/Intermediate River Instruction
For More Information
Call (423) 643-6888
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