Learn how to whitewater kayak with us!
Outdoor Chattanooga teaches adults and kids ages 8 and older the skills needed to safely paddle Southeast's whitewater streams. From your first Rapid Learning Skills Development Course to your first Class III run, Outdoor Chattanooga's American Canoe Association certified staff will be right beside you, helping you learn and explore.
Whitewater Kayak Skills Development Classes
Join our skills development classes at at anytime, no experience, reservations, or equipment required. Your first visit is free!
Our skills classes are designed for beginners to help them learn correct, safe paddling techniques in the calm waters of the lake or pool.
Two sessions offered every Wednesday, 6:00-7:00 & 7:00-8:00 p.m. May - September
Chester Frost County Park Hixson, TN
Hulsey Wellness Center Indoor Pool, Southern Adventist University
Two sessions offered 7:00-8:00 & 8:00-9:00 p.m. December - April
2016-2017 Winter Dates
-How to adjust a kayak and PFD (Personal Floatation Device) to comfortably fit you
-Beginner to intermediate paddle strokes, braces, maneuvers, to keep your kayak upright, and in the direction you want it to go
-Self rescue skills: wet exit, buddy rescues, boat over boat emptying techniques,wet re-entering a kayak, and a variety of kayak rolls
-Flat water kayak skills preparation for a whitewater (or flat water) environment
-To get wet: bring a change of clothes and a towel
-All participants must be able to get in and out of a kayak on land
-Ability to swim is a plus, though not necessary
-A set of good noseplugs will make learning more comforable
-The first visit to Rapid Learning is free. After that, participants must join the program.
-All participants must sign a waiver of liability.
-Underage participants must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
-No alcohol, tobacco, firearms or inappropriate behavior.
-Participants with their own gear (kayak, paddle, pfd, skirt) may participate for a $10 daily membership fee.
Rapid Learning Annual Membership
After your first free session, if you want to continue with instruction and learning the skills necessary to whitewater kayak, you can sign up for an annual membership.
$75 per individual
$125 per family
*Price includes access to kayak equipment and instruction at all roll clinics and skills practice sessions year round, plus discounted instructional river trips.
Whitewater Kayaking Instructional River Trips
Our guides are there to encourage, instruct, and explain the many paddling techniques that will help you hone your whitewater skills.
These river trips emphasise boat control in moving current. The paddling techniques learned in skills classes are put to use catching eddies, cross river ferrying, reading the water, and developing river awareness.
River trips will be offered Sundays starting in June. Attendance of at least one skills development course is mandatory before participating in an instructional river trip. Reservations and payment are required in advance.
For More Information
Call (423) 643-6888
See Up to Date Skills Practice info (including weather cancellations) on the Rapid Learning Facebook Page.