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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 Full 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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