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Paddle school 2022

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Students: Read Class/Course Descriptions below before starting registration process.

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June 3rd, 4th & 5th Instructor Registration has begun ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~



From The Paddle School Board

We are back!!!! After having to cancel paddle school two years ago; we had a slightly modified PS last year with a few less students, a few less donated items, and a little less fun, although it was a great time for all attendees. This year we are already way ahead of last year with an outstanding PS committee hard at work. For PS22 we have already received TWO boats for raffle; plus a gorgeous necklace from Sundance, a Werner Amigo Paddle and lots of other cool stuff for auction. We will be telling you more about each donated item from now thru paddle school to wet your appetite. Please support our sponsors. Eric Jackson of Jackson Kayak fame, and owner of Apex WaterCraft, has donated an Apex Ringer. This boat is so new it's not even on the market yet. The winner of this incredible white water boat, a $2000 value, will be one of the first to paddle the Apex Ringer! Dagger Rewind, a $1500 value, has been donated by Adam Ott of Confluence Outdoor. Be sure and get your raffle tickets at registration! This gorgeous Marimba Necklace, a $300 value, was donated by the Robert Redford’s Sundance Retail Store in Nashville and will be one of many items auctioned Saturday night. Taylor Robertson of Werner Paddles has donated this 197 cm Amigo Paddle, a $160 value, that will also be auctioned Saturday evening.

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Schedule of Events

Whitewater Course Descriptions - Kayak & Canoe (subject to change)

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 5 Participants)

This class is for paddleboarders who want to improve SUP performance and build core strength by incorporating ACA essential skills of Stand Up Paddleboarding.

We will initially cover basic water safety and awareness, evaluate equipment, and break down strokes and maneuvers on flatwater. Then we will run the Lower Ocoee from Dam 1 to 2 Rivers campground. This section of the Ocoee is considered Class I conditions with current and obstacles.

Quick-release leashes, coast guard approved life jacket of type 2 or 3, and shoes are required for Class I conditions.

This class is ideal for paddleboarders who have not had previous instruction but are comfortable on their board and in the water (we will practice safe falling and getting back on the board as well as rescues), paddleboarders who would like to incorporate solid skills to impact performance and endurance, and paddleboarders who would like to get comfortable running Class I water.


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.

Recreational Kayaking / River Running on Class I Water

This group is for Recreational Kayak paddlers who want to learn to better maneuver their boats down creeks and rivers containing current and obstacles.
•   Suitable boat types are, Recreational Kayaks, and Sit-On-Top Kayak (flotation devices will be required for kayaks that could fill with water).
•   Students in this class will learn basic paddling & self-rescue skills. Classes will be conducted in flatwater on day one and then move to moving water on the Lower Hiwassee (Class I) from Reliance to the 411 bridge – day 2.     Some Flatwater experience is preferred. Note: There will be rocks and current on the section of river you will be on.
•   If you have questions on the suitability of your boat, or whether a sprayskirt is required or helmet should be worn, our instructor will be in contact you to answer any questions
 •   Students will be expected to exit their boats for several skills and drills, and participate in both self and buddy assisted rescues.

Paddle School Fees

TVCC Membership: $30

Must be a member to attend - only $30 individual - for the family add $5 each additional family member

Please indicate that you have read and accept the TVCC Waiver when joining or Renew your membership
Paddle School: $60 Base plus your options

Online Payment is preferred. Please email Buck Meyer ( 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.

  • Camping (both nights, non-RV) $10 per person (Optional)
  • Saturday Night Dinner $15 (Optional)
  • Paddle School T-Shirt $15 or $28 (Optional)
  • Late Fees $50 (after May 9 or capacity reached)
  • RV Campsites must be reserved separately through AU
The Deadline for Student Registration is Sunday, May 9th

T-shirts and Saturday dinner are not guaranteed with late applications. The deadline for student registration is Sunday, May 9th, or when capacity is reached. After May 9th, or when capacity is reached, Students wishing to register may do but will be placed on the Waitlist. A $50 Late Registration Fee will be applied. . We cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all late registrants.

2022 Paddle School Refund Policy

If it happens that you cannot attend Paddle School after registering, please notify Dian Lawhon at 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 15th: Full Refund (less bank fees ~3% ) Before May 24th: 50% Refund After May 24th Midnight: NO REFUND


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.


TVCC thanks our amazing 2022 Paddle School Sponsors !

John Wright Family, Mike Shillinger Fine Libations
Safety, Rescue, and Paddlesports w/ Dave Kessman