Our beginner classes start off with an introduction to the gear, outfitting, and types of kayaks in the whitewater world. Then we move on to the lake and learn the strokes, posture, and balance control you will need. Once you are comfortable in your boat and we paddle a few miles of moving water we’ll then start challenging ourselves on two class I-II rapids. Here we will teach you the more technical side of paddling such as river running strategy, how to perform peel outs, eddy turns, and ferries. We finish the day front surfing waves and introducing you to the roll. This comprehensive one day course includes all gear and lasts for six hours. Plan a second day with us and we’ll pick up where we left off with rolling and then build up experience on a guided Class I-II river trip. Register for our five day course and we’ll aim for the Class III-IV Ocoee by day five!
Whether you are learning your first roll or working out some kinks we are experts at teaching great roll technique. We’ll be sure to get you started off on the right track. If you are a beginner we will teach you the roll most suited for your style of paddling. If you would like to improve an existing roll we will work with you to perfect your technique. Confidence in rolling is a must for whitewater kayaking. We have taught thousands of people how to roll over the past decade. Let our coaches help in perfecting your roll!
Intermediate paddlers are boaters that have a solid on-side roll and can competently navigate Class III whitewater. Many folks at this level want to perfect a certain skill or need guidance on the Ocoee. Perhaps, you desire to dial in your freestyle kayaking. Perhaps you need help with an off-side roll or more practice applying the combat roll. Regardless of your desires we can coach you to accomplish your goals. This style of coaching is typically a 1:1 ratio. We start on the lake and create a specific game plan to accomplish your goals. We may decide to spend the entire day on the Ocoee drilling specific moves such as s-turns and c-turns, or we may run multiple laps on sections of the Ocoee working on making lines and linking moves. Personalized instruction with an excellent instructor is what will accomplish your goals. We are the coaches you need.
Advanced coaching is almost always 1:1. Students typically desire to learn specific techniques of freestyle and creek boating such as cartwheels or boofing. Your goal may be to paddle the Gauley, Cheoah, Tallulah, or Green and you need our coaches to show you the most demanding moves the Ocoee has to offer. Great paddlers have the ability to find class V lines in Class III Rivers and find the Class III lines when confronted with Class V Rivers. The Ocoee offers far more challenging moves than are required to paddle most Class IV-V runs. The best part is that they have Class II-III dangers. Let our coaches improve your skills and take you to the next level! You will see results!
Why do kayakers enjoy creek boating?
It may be the thrill of kayaking over waterfalls, or perhaps it is the adventure of paddling through beautiful, deep canyons. To some, it is the challenge of kayaking Class IV-V whitewater. To most creek boaters though, it is a combination of these plus the amazing sensations acquired from a steep creek. Sensations that make you smile for weeks after a great paddling trip! The southeast is home to some of the best and most accessible creeks in the world. Learn how to properly boof, tuck and scout before challenging these creeks. Reduce the risk and increase the fun by training with us!