Roll Practice

East Tennessee Whitewater Club holds a roll practice almost every Friday of the year. It is a great place to catch up on your skills and plan trips. Next to the Summer Clinic, roll practice is the best place to learn to kayak. There are usually experienced people there to help you learn to forward stroke, back stroke, brace, roll, and everything in between.


Summer Time Schedule

Every Friday Night as soon as people get off of work (typically around 5:30 PM) at the Clark Center Park. No cost to come, usually ends around 7:30 but feel free to come whenever. It is a great place to plan a trip or just get ready for the weekend paddling. If the venue is moved somewhere else (aka a river) it will be posted on the forum, but this rarely happens..

To get to Clark Center Park, which is also known as Carbide Park, from Oak Ridge - go to the intersection of Illinois Avenue and Scarboro Road and go south on Scarboro past the Y-12 Plant and over Chestnut Ridge. Go straight through the traffic light on Bethel Valley Road on Pumphouse road, and turn right at the gate and drive several miles to the park. Drive past the park headquarters and park on the right in the small lot. The place where we practice is directly across the lake from the boat ramp. When the swimming area is open, we park in the picnic area near our roll practice spot.

Typical Winter Roll Practice

Winter Time Schedule

Many Friday nights from 8:30 PM to 9:45 PM at the Oak Ridge Civic Center indoor pool. Meet at the back door and wash your boat off with the hose. The cost is $5 per boat for adults, or $3 per boat for 18 and under. Runs every week unless otherwise noted. This year's schedule is shown below.

The Civic Center's Address:

1403 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, TN 37830
(865) 425-3450


2017 Roll Practice Schedule

Date Roll Practice Host Comments
1/6/2017 Kary Scarborough  CANCELLED!
1/13/2017 Donna Price  
1/20/2017 Rick Zingg  
1/27/2017 Ann Bevelhimer  
2/3/2017 Mark Bevelhimer  
2/10/2017 Charlotte Hathaway  
2/17/2017 Sam Suffern  
2/24/2017 Donna Price  
3/3/2017 Rick Zingg  
3/10/2017 Chuck Estes  
3/17/2017 Ian Anderson  
3/24/2017 Ian Anderson  
3/31/2017 Rick Zingg  
4/7/2017 Ian Anderson  
4/14/2017 No Roll Practice (Good Friday) No Roll Practice
4/21/2017 Ann Bevelhimer  
4/28/2017 Kary Scarborough