Summer Beginner's Clinic

This Year's Dates are: June 5 thru 10, 2017

Registration Form


Final Registration Date: May 26, 2017  (Registration forms must be received by then.)


The East Tennessee Whitewater Club offers an intensive one-week course for beginner kayakers. The purpose of the clinic is to teach basic whitewater techniques and safety. The clinic is appropriate for individuals with no whitewater experience.



Deadline: May 26, 2017

Clinic: June 5 - 10, 2017


6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M., Monday
6:00 P.M. until dark, Tuesday through Friday
Saturday - to be announced Friday

: Social Room, Oak Ridge Civic Center, Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN
TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY: Clark Center (Carbide) Park swimming area.
THURSDAY: Meet at the Civic Center parking lot for trip to Nemo Bridge on the Emory River (water level permitting).
SATURDAY: River trip location to be announced Friday

MONDAY NIGHT: Registration, whitewater orientation, introduction to boats and gear.

Bring boats and equipment for fitting adjustments and inspection

TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY NIGHTS: Individual in-the-water instruction on kayaking techniques, including paddling strokes, Eskimo rescues and Eskimo rolls.

THURSDAY: Introduction to moving water

SATURDAY: Supervised trip on local whitewater river and party afterwards.

FOLLOWING WEEKENDS: Check the forum page to find beginner trips to local rivers.

FEES: The cost of the clinic is $75.

EQUIPMENT: Each student is responsible for furnishing all of their own equipment. Required equipment is: kayak with flotation, spray skirt, life vest, paddle, and helmet. Nose clips are recommended.

Some equipment may be available from the club on a first come basis with a $15 use fee and a $40 deposit. Students getting loaned equipment should provide a separate check for the deposit. Rental equipment is also available in Knoxville from River Sports, 523-0066 or Earth Traverse, 523-0699.

REGISTRATION: Pre-registration required, class size limited.
To register
: Contact Francis Ruppel at (865) 332-7725 or email (please include East Tennessee Whitewater in the Subject Line), or print out our online pre-registration form.