Summer Beginner's Clinic
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
MONDAY: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org (please include East Tennessee Whitewater in the Subject Line), or print out our online pre-registration form.