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Essentials of River Kayaking

Saturday, August 10, 2019, 9:00 AM until Sunday, August 11, 2019, 2:00 PM
The Boat Launch at Hyde Lake inside Shelby Farms
Great View Drive North
Memphis, TN

Chris Hugo
Registration is required
Payment In Advance Only

Basics of River Kayaking

Spend a couple of days with ACA (American Canoe Association) certified instructors from the Bluff City Canoe Club learning everything you need to know to get started kayaking safely!

This is a 2 day class.  The flat-water portion of class is Saturday 8/10 from 9:00-2:00 at the Hyde Lake boat launch located inside Shelby Farms Park. 

The moving water part of the class will be on Sunday 8/11 on the Wolf River.  We will put in at the Rossville Access Point and take out at the Piperton Access point.  This is a very easy and scenic section of the river.

More information on the Wolf River access points will be provided on the Saturday of the flat water class.

What to Bring:

  • Your Kayak and Paddle 
  • Your life jacket (you will not be allowed to participate without a life jacket)
  • Close-toed shoes that can get wet
  • Clothing that can get wet
  • Towel and change of clothes
  • Lunch, snacks and plenty of water
  • Sunscreen and a hat highly recommended

Other Details

This class is for Bluff City Canoe Club members.  If you are not a member, we would love to have you join.  Membership is just $30 for the year and includes your entire family.   You can join here --> Member Signup / Information

The cost is $20/person and includes  "The Essentials of River Kayaking" instruction guide published by the American Canoe Association.

If you are not a member of the ACA, there is an additional $5 charge to cover insurance for the class.

You will be required to fill out and turn in this waiver, along with the $5 fee at the beginning of the class:
2019 Adult Waiver
2019 Minor Waiver

Topics Include:

  • How to transport your kayak safely
  • How to pickup and carry your kayak safely
  • Basic Equipment needed to get started plus a few "nice to haves"
  • Proper paddling clothing
  • Basic Terminology
  • Getting in and out of your kayak the right way
  • Holding the paddle
  • Basic Strokes
    • Forward Stroke (How to paddle in a straight line)
    • Backward Stroke
    • Turning Strokes
    • Sculling strokes
  • Dealing with flipping over
  • Safety on moving water
  • Eddy Turns
  • Ferrying
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