Rapid Learning

Outdoor Chattanooga’s Rapid Learning Whitewater Kayak Program provides formal and equipped kayak instruction for beginner and seasoned kayakers to learn and develop the 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 certified instructors will be right beside you offering instruction and encouragement. Start by attending our intro to kayaking skills classes at anytime 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; no prior experience, reservations, or equipment required to participate. We provide it all and your first visit is free! Appropriate for ages 8+.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Rapid Learning

Master the river.

Skills Classes and Membership

Skills classes are offered every Wednesday, May through September, at Chester Frost County Park with two sessions to choose from; 6-7 or 7-8 p.m. Winter sessions are held at Southern Adventist University’s Hulsey Wellness Center indoor pool once a month on select Tuesdays, November through April from 7-9 p.m. The first session you attend is free with all equipment and instruction provided! To continue with the program after the first free session, become a Rapid Learning Member, which gives you access to all the skills classes and use of our equipment during classes and river trips, plus discounts on instructional river trips for an entire year! Cost: $75 for individual membership, $125 for a family membership.

Instructional River Trips

Put your newly acquired paddling skills to the test on moving current during instructional river trips. Kayakers are eligible to attend instructional river trips once they have attended at least one skills class and demonstrated essential skills such as confident wet exits, basic self-rescue, and effective maneuvering of the of the kayak. Instructional River Trips are offered on Sundays throughout the summer and open to Rapid Learning Members and non-members that have demonstrated the essential skills. With an emphasis on boat control, you’ll practice catching eddies, peeling out, cross river ferrying, reading whitewater, 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. Instructional river trips at $35 for Rapid Learning Members, $45 for non-members per day. Fee includes equipment, transportation, and instruction on the water. Reservations and payment are required in advance.

What You’ll Learn

  • 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

FAQs

When and where are the kayak skills classes offered?

Every Wednesday, May through September (excluding 4th of July week) classes meet at Chester Frost County Park, at the far end of the swimming beach by the first boat ramp.
There are two separate sessions. 1st Session: 6 to 7 p.m. 2nd Session: 7 to 8 p.m. Equipment and instruction is on a first come first served basis.

Winter Sessions are held at Southern Adventist University’s Hulsey Wellness Center indoor pool on select Tuesdays, November through April from 7-9 p.m.

2018-2019 Winter Dates: December 4, January 8, February 5, March 5 and April 9

When and where are the insturtional river trips offered?

Instructional river trips occur on Sundays in the summer months on Class II-III rivers. Day trips go to the Hiwassee River, two-day trips got to Western North Carolina. Equipment, instruction, and transportation is provided to all participants. Cost is $35/day for Rapid Learning members, $45/day for non-members. Non-members have to attend at least one skills session and demonstrate self-rescue techniques and skills necessary to participate. Reservations are required in advance as space is limited and trips are small for instructional purposes.

2019 River Trip Scehdule:

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Do I have to make a reservation?
Reservations are not required to attend skills development classes. Just show up. The first session is always free. Equipment is distributed on a first come first served basis.
Do I need to have my own equipment
No, Outdoor Chattanooga provides all the equipment and instruction to learn whitewater kayaking skills at skills classes and on river trips.
How much does it cost?
The first session is free. To continue with the program, participants can pay $10 per session or sign up for an annual membership. A Rapid Learning membership is good for 1 year. Individual membership is $75, family membership is $125. Members can attend all skills classes and have access to kayak equipment during classes and river trips for the entire year. There is an additional fee for river trips. $35 for members, $45 for non-members.
Do I have to have experience to participate?
No experience required to attend and participate in a skills class. Some experience and prerequisites are required to participate in a river trip.

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Grotto Meeting

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Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

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Wildflower Walk in the Cherokee National Forest

Ducks Ducks Unlimited “Great Outdoors Festival” 2019

Wildflower Walk in the Cherokee National Forest

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Learn to Ride a Bicycle Class

Rapid Learning Intro to Kayaking and Skills Practice- Winter Classes

I’ll Push You Documentary + Fundraiser

Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

Community planning meeting for rennovations at Greenway Farm

Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

Canceled: Mountain to Town- Bicycle Adventure

Severe Weather Alert Cancelation: Mountain to Town- Bicycle Adventure

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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You Too Can Catch the Cukoo- Information Session

public input meeting: Master Plan for Hamilton County Parks

Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

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Partner Program: On My Own 2 Wheels

Adaptive Cycling

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Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

Fireside! Outdoor Concerts-Latin Series at TATUM PARK

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Earth Day Event and Eco Challenges at Miller Park

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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Cumberland Trail Guided Hike

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Did You Know?

The Chattanooga region holds great and diverse whitewater paddling opportunities, for beginners and experts. To the east, the Appalachian Mountains hold iconic whitewater streams like the Ocoee, Hiwassee, Cartecay, Nantahala and Chattooga. Closer to home, the ridges of the Cumberland Plateau offer some of the best steep creek boating in the Eastern U.S.

American Whitewater offers the region’s best river database.

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