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Paddle School 2018

June 1-3, 2018


Registration for 2018 Paddle School is open for Instructors and Support. We need you!

Register (Instructors & Support)

Student registration is full, but there is a waitlist.

Register (Students) – waitlist
Register (Non-Paddlers & Extras)

In order to ensure that we have a safe ratio of instructors to students, our registration capacity will be strictly enforced.

The deadline for student registration will be Wednesday, May 9th, 2018, or when our capacity is reached; whichever comes first. There will be a small waitlist available, but no guarantees that anyone on the waitlist will get a spot.

Please read this entire page before registering.

Questions? Email Meryl (vp@tvccpaddler.com)!

Course Options

Kid’s Club • Whitewater Kayak • Whitewater Canoe • Tandem Whitewater Canoe • Whitewater SUP • Flatwater Boat • Class 1 River Running (Full)

TVCC Paddle School is a two day course for whitewater and flatwater paddling. Our courses are designed for everyone, from first timers who have never been in a boat to intermediate/advanced paddlers looking to improve their skills. All of our classrooms are on the water so you will get plenty of experience under the supervision of our instructors and support boaters who are excited to share their knowledge and passion for the sport we love with our students. 2018 Paddle School will be based out of Adventures Unlimited at the Ocoee River.

Schedule of Events

Friday Night

Students renting or borrowing gear for the weekend are strongly encouraged to arrive Friday evening to receive assistance outfitting their boats. Check here to see a gear rental checklist.

  • Check in
  • Welcome Dinner
  • Boat Outfitting Tent
  • Live Entertainment (band starts around dusk)
Saturday & Sunday

After a safety talk, you are off for two days of fun on the water learning to paddle. Saturday evening’s highlights include:

  • Family-Friendly Entertainment TBD
  • Gear Auction (find good deals on paddling gear) and support TVCC’s Safety & Training Programs

2018 Paddle School Sponsors

Thanks to all of our amazing sponsors!

Ocoee Level Sponsors
Tellico Level Sponsors
Hiwassee Level Sponsors
Tennessee Level Sponsors

Whitewater Course Descriptions – Kayak & Canoe


Level 1

This class is for those with little or no experience river experience. Students will learn and become comfortable with fundamental paddling skills and maneuvers. Students will work on wet exits (kayak), paddle strokes, eddy‐turns, peel‐outs, and ferries in Class I/II whitewater. Classes begin on flatwater and progress to easy moving water (or whitewater).

This level is prefect for those that:

  • Have never been in a boat before
  • Have only been on the river a handful of times
  • Have never taken any kind of previous instruction
Level 2

This class is for paddlers with some river experience, but who are still building confidence in Class II whitewater. Students will build on and refine their skills to go beyond the basic level, review strokes and maneuvers, work on rolls, and gain more river experience.

This level is prefect for those that:

  • Have at least some river experience
  • May or may not have taken some formal or informal instruction
  • Are comfortable with basic paddle strokes and maneuvers

Level 3

This class is for paddlers who are solid on Class II whitewater and have a 50/50 whitewater combat roll. Focus is on more advanced river running skills, surfing, and fine‐tuning your roll. 

This level is prefect for those who:

  • Are comfortable on Class II Whitewater
  • Have completed significant instruction; Have at least a 50/50 combat roll
Level 4

Expect to work in this class as you fine-tune your skills on Class 2-3 rapids. The whole class will work as a team for boaters refine edging, ferries in stronger moving current, and other technical moves as they surf, side surf, and play in holes.

This level is perfect for those who:

  • Have a WW roll
  • Can self-rescue/assist in rescuing others
  • Want to be pushed on skills

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) (Limit 6 Participants)

If you’ve ever wanted to try padding a SUP down a whitewater river, but want to paddle something fun and relatively easy without a lot of risk involved then this class is for you!

We will begin with going over basic river running safety, equipment and etiquette, basic elements of whitewater and river running, basic strokes and turns, bracing, ferrying and eddy turns. Depending on everyone’s experience and skill level the the first couple hours of Saturday may be held on Parksville Lake and then we will run the Hiwassee the rest of the class.

Whitewater specific inflatable SUP boards and paddles will be provided for participants, however if you prefer to bring your own board we recommend participants bring either a hard plastic board or an inflatable as composite boards such as fiberglass and carbon fiber can be easily damaged by rocks.

Team River Runner

If you are part of Team River Runner, please sign up for the Team River Runner Class to ensure that everyone stays together.

Instructors will be from TRR.


Flatwater Course Descriptions


Traditional Flatwater

This group will be covering safety, gear, practicing self and assisted rescue techniques, paddle strokes, and much more. Suitable boat types are Sea Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, Canoes, and Sit On Tops. Paddling will primarily be on Parksville Lake and a Flatwater section of the Ocoee River. No experience required for this class.

Class 1 River Running (Limit 10 participants)

This group is for Flatwater paddlers who want to learn to better maneuver their boats down creeks and rivers containing current and obstacles. Suitable boat types are Sea Kayaks, Recreational Kayaks, Canoes, and Sit On Tops (flotation required for kayaks that could fill with water). Classes will combine Flatwater skills and paddling on the Lower Hiwassee (Class 1) from Reliance to the 411 bridge. Some Flatwater experience is preferred. Note: There will be rocks and current on the section of river we will be on. If you have questions on the suitability of your boat or whether a helmet should be worn please contact the instructor. Students will be expected to learn and practice wet exits and self/assisted rescues.


Paddle School Fees

TVCC Membership: $20

To participate in Paddle School, you must be a member of TVCC. A family membership is $20 per year.

Join the Club
Paddle School: $55

Online Payment is preferred. Please email BG Smith (treasurer@tvccpaddler.com) if you need to make other arrangements or experience difficulties with payment. We reserve the right to cancel registration if balances are unpaid after 2 weeks.

  • ACA Event Insurance Fee $5  (required if you don’t already have an ACA Annual Membership)
  • Camping (both nights) $10 (Optional)
  • Saturday Night Dinner $13 (Optional)
  • Paddle School T-Shirt $15 (Optional)
  • Late Fees $50 (after May 9)
  • RV Campsites must be reserved separately through AU
The Deadline for Student Registration is Wednesday, May 9th

T-shirts and Saturday dinner are not guaranteed with late applications. The deadline for student registration is Wednesday, May 9th, or when capacity is reached. Students wishing to register after May 9 must contact Meryl Stark at vp@tvccpaddler.com. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all late registrants, and a $50 late fee will be applied. The late fee also applies to any student who registers after we reach capacity, even if that happens before May 9th.


2018 Paddle School Refund Policy

If it happens that you cannot attend Paddle School after registering, please notify Meryl Stark at vp@tvccpaddler.com as soon as possible. Due to the extensive planning and reservations that go into this event, refunds will be honored according to the following schedule: Before May 16th: Full Refund (less PayPal fees) Before May 23rd: 50% Refund May 24th to June 1st: Camping Fee Only

Directions

For GPS: 522 US 64, Ocoee, TN 37361

From Chattanooga (South): Take 1‐75 north to Exit 20 (first Cleveland exit) and turn right. Take the bypass 6 miles to the Ocoee Exit (Highway 64 East). Go east on US-64, for approximately 8.5 miles. Adventures Unlimited will be on your right, about half a mile after US-64 crosses over US-411.

From Knoxville (North): Take I‐75 south to exit 25, Cleveland. Go right, under the I‐75 bridge. After the third light, this now becomes Cleveland bypass (TN-60). Take the exit for US-64 towards Ocoee and go for approximately 8.5 miles. Adventures Unlimited will be on your right, about half a mile after US-64 crosses over US-411.