Why are we the best choice for kayak instruction?
Our beginner course starts by introducing you to the gear, outfitting and kayaks. We then move to the lake and learn strokes, posture, and balance control. Once you are comfortable in your boat we paddle a few miles of moving water and challenge two class I-II rapids. We teach you 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 experience on a guided five mile Class I-II Hiwassee 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 trying to fine tune a rusty roll we are experts at teaching great roll techniques. 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 folks how to roll during the past decade. Let our coaches perfect your roll!
Intermediate paddlers generally have a good 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 learn how to surf or hole spin. 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 game plan to accomplish your goals. We may spend the entire day on the Ocoee drilling specific moves such as s-turns and c-turns. 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 such as cartwheels or boofing. You may desire to paddle the Gauley, Cheoah, or Tallulah and 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 it is a combination of these, plus the amazing sensations acquired from a steep creek. The sensations that make you smile for weeks after a great paddling trip!
The southeast is home to some of the best, 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!
Surfing river waves is just plain fun and the Ocoee is one of the best play boating rivers in the world! The Ocoee offers great spots to learn basic to advanced play boating technique. Front surfing, side surfing, hole spins, flat spins, stern squirts, cartwheels, blunts, bow stalls, stern stalls, rock spins, wave wheels and loops are waiting for you!