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  • Expert Instruction Our instructors are excellent at reading your abilities, and deliver what you need to move to the next level.
  • Custom Lessons You are in control of your own lesson. Whether it is one on one instruction or in a group, you will be amazed at what you are capable of!
  • Always Improve. Learning to roll, working the Ocoee or training for the Gauley, our instructors will deliver the coaching you need from the beginning.
  • Have More FUN If you are not having fun, you aren't doing it right! We can help with that too.

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Jeff West started ACE in 1997 as a way to share his love of the Ocoee River in East Tennessee. What began with leading inflatable kayaking trips has since grown to include beginner and advanced whitewater kayaking instruction. Teaching on rivers in the Georgia Piedmont through the Appalachian Mountains and over to the plateaus of middle Tennessee, ACE is now the premiere kayaking school of the Southeast.

We teach small, personalized classes and schedule them at whatever time is most convenient for you. Whether you’re just looking for a good time on the water, developing advanced techniques and river reading skills, tuning up rolls or learning about expedition kayaking, we’re the place to do it.

From working on your summer play game to developing your winter creeking skills, reach out anytime. We’re open year round, but our coaches may be on expeditions in the winter, and our summers get packed. We suggest you schedule further in advance to better your chance of getting the days you want. Call or email us, and we’ll work it out. You can always reschedule with due notice. Our coaching is designed for you to reach your maximum potential.

We teach and live for the love of it. We want others to see that truth during their time on the river and let it grow and flow into the rest of their lives.


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Ace Tips

  • Take Your Time +

    No need to rush. Everyone progresses at different speeds. The great joy of learning to paddle is the small steps forward! Each one opens up a whole new dimension!
  • Keep Your Cool +

    Panicking will cause more problems than it will solve. If you remain calm, you will find you are better than you think!
  • "Charge Hard" +

    Jeff's legacy whispers in our ears! When in doubt, charge hard!
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"I whipped into eddies and styled my way through peel-outs like never before! I also interacted with rocks in ways I never thought I would. Joe was able to teach me the key components of boofing and showed me how to identify opportunities to practice this skill...."

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