Learn To Kayak

Instructions in basic whitewater paddling, stroke technique, river maneuvers, equipment, water safety, and the Eskimo roll.
6:00 p.m. 'til dark during the week, plus a river trip on Saturday.


Instruction Fee: $75.00


Class size limited / Pre-registration required

For clinic information call: Francis Ruppel (865) 332-7725 or email fruppel@knology.net (please include East Tennessee Whitewater in the Subject Line).  See our website at: http://www.etwcweb.com

EAST TENNESSEE WHITEWATER CLUB BEGINNER KAYAK CLINIC COURSE DESCRIPTION:

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. Whitewater experience is not required but individuals should be comfortable in water and able to swim.

DATES:           Deadline: May 26, 2017

                         Clinic: June 5 - 10, 2017

HOURS, MEETING PLACES, AND ACTIVITIES:

            MONDAY:  6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
             Social Room, Oak Ridge Civic Center, Oak Ridge Turnpike, Oak Ridge, TN.
             Registration, whitewater orientation, introduction to boats and gear.
             IMPORTANT: Bring boats and equipment for fitting adjustments and inspection.

            TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, and FRIDAY:  6:00 P.M. until dark
             Clark Center (Carbide) Park swimming area.
             Individual in-the-water instruction on kayaking techniques, including paddling strokes,
             Eskimo rescues and Eskimo rolls.

            THURSDAY:  6:00 P.M. until dark
             Meet at the Civic Center parking lot for trip to Nemo Bridge on the Emory River (water level permitting)
             for introduction to moving water.

             SATURDAY:  River trip location, meeting place and time to be announced Friday.
             Supervised trip on local whitewater river and party afterwards.

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.  Please write a separate check for the deposit.

Mail form, signed waiver, and instruction fee to: 

                Francis Ruppel
                940 Kevin Rd
                Knoxville, TN 37923

Pre-registration forms must be received by May 26, 2017
Pre-registration form/waiver


 

KAYAK CLINIC REGISTRATION FORM

(Minimum age is 12. Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.)
Please print:
Name:  ______________________________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________

City, State: _____________________________Zip: ___________________________
Phone
     Home: ______________________________ Work: _________________________

Email: ______________________________________________________________

List any boating or whitewater experience you have: ______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________
______________________________________________________________

Do you need equipment?  (Fill In)          Yes      No     

Age: _______    Height: _________   Weight: ________  

Referred by ___________________________________

 


 

RELEASE AND WAIVER OF LIABILITY

I, (PRINT)_________________________________________________________, desiring to join my fellow paddlers in the East Tennessee Whitewater Club (ETWC), do hereby declare that I fully understand and accept the following facts of life on the river:

1. Canoeing, kayaking, or rafting, particularly on whitewater rivers, exposes the participants to various safety hazards, including but not limited to, water hazards (boulders, undercut rocks, trees, strainers, water formations such as water falls, holes, keepers, hydraulics, and other obstacles), swimming in turbulent water, using paddling equipment, accidents or illness in remote places without medical facilities, and travel in a vehicle not driven by me.

2. No one but I am responsible for my safety when I choose to paddle a particular river or a particular rapid.

3. I further understand that I have no legal duty to assist others, nor does anyone else have a legal duty to render such assistance to me.  I certify that I am in good physical condition, that I can swim, and that I have no physical conditions or injuries that would prevent me from participating in this activity.  I fully understand and agree that, when I participate in canoeing, kayaking, or rafting, there is always the possibility of unknown, uncontrollable dangers and accidental or other physical injury and death.  I know I can be killed, and I willingly assume the risks referred to in Paragraph 1 and elsewhere in this release.

Therefore, in consideration for granting me the right to join and participate in ETWC activities, and intending to be legally bound, I hereby release, waive and discharge my right to sue ETWC, its trip coordinators, instructors, leaders, officers, directors, representatives, agents, employees, and affiliates, and also any landowner or governmental unit which may allow ETWC to use its property, for any and all loss or damage on account of injury to my person or property or on account of my death, which may occur during, in preparation for, or in transit to or from an ETWC activity.

I further understand that ETWC carries no insurance for the protection of participants in whitewater activities, and any insurance coverage existing with respect to ETWC shall not alter the terms of this waiver nor impose any liability on ETWC.

This waiver applies only to acts or omissions of ordinary negligence and to any deliberate act intended to promote my safety or wellbeing.

This waiver is signed by me in the interest of permitting ETWC to exist and to serve the paddling community, and to enable me and my fellow paddlers to feel free to donate their services to improving the sport and to help in training those less skilled in the sport without fear of liability.

I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THIS RELEASE AND FULLY UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENTS.  I AM AWARE THAT THIS IS A RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND I SIGN IT OF MY OWN FREE WILL.

Signature: _______________________________________________________         
Date: ________________________

Signature: _______________________________________________________      
Date: ________________________

(Parent or guardian if participant is under 18 years of age)


East Tennessee Whitewater Club