This is a one or two-day course, depending on your comfort/skill level on the water. We will begin with a half-day of on-water instruction at Lake Ocoee, covering loading/unloading, boat carries, basic safety, strokes, launching and landing, and wet exits. After lunch, we will put on a moving water/Class I section of the Hiwassee River and paddle about 3 miles. This part of the course will include learning to maneuver your kayak in current. Depending on your comfort level on this section of the river, you may opt to paddle a step-up section of the Hiwassee on Sunday. This is a Class I/II section of the river that is about 5 miles long. The Hiwassee is one of the most beautiful rivers in this region and a favorite of novice and experienced paddlers alike.
Cost: $85 (one day)/$125 (two days). The club has some boats for rent. The cost for a club boat and gear is $35. UAB Outdoor Pursuits also offers boat/gear rental. The cost is $55/weekend. Your instructors will help secure a boat/gear for you if needed.
Lead Instructors: Bob Shepard (canoe) and Joy Carter (kayak)