Paddling 101 - April 15, July 15

Instructors: Bob Shepard,; Joy Carter,; Judy Ranelli; Arlene Schnorbus 
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Double Oak Lake at Oak Mountain State Park
Cost: $25
Min/Max Students: None

This four-hour workshop introduces beginners to canoeing and kayaking. It will be held near the swimming beach on Double Oak Lake (in the Day Use Area) at Oak Mountain State Park. The class will cover the basics: types of boats, strokes and maneuvers, safety and more. Bring your own boat, or use one of ours. We will have tandem and solo canoes, touring and recreational kayaks, sit-on-tops and whitewater kayaks.

Float the (Mostly) Lazy River (Kayak and Canoe), May 6

Instructors: Bob Shepard,; Joy Carter,; Judy Ranelli
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: TBA (local, water permitting)
Cost: $35
Min/Max Students: Min 5 Max 20

This class is a full-day paddling trip on a local river in Central Alabama. It will help beginners understand river reading and learn on-the-water maneuvers with an emphasis on safety and trip planning. River will be an easy river with mild current and minor shoals. 

River Canoeing/Kayaking, 
June 3-4, 2017, August 5-6, 2017

Course description: This is a one or two-day course, depending on your comfort/skill level on the water, taught on flatwater and Class I/II rivers in Eastern Tennessee. We will begin with a half-day of on-water instruction on flatwater, 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 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 river on Sunday. This is a Class I/II section of the river that is about 5 miles long.
Cost: $85 (one day)/$125 (two days) plus $35 boat/gear rental if needed
Contact: For more information or to register for this class, contact Joy Carter (lead kayak instructor), or 205.325.4735; or Bob Shepard (lead canoe instructor),

NOTE: Classes and trips subject to change based on weather and water levels. The Birmingham Canoe Club is a Paddle America Club of the American Canoe Association (ACA), and the club’s certified instructors are members of the ACA’s Safety Education and Instruction Council.

Birmingham Canoe Club

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