This is a 2-day course taught on the Hiwassee River in Reliance, TN at the foothills of Cherokee National Forest. The Hiwassee River is 5.5 miles of Class I and II whitewater; perfect for a beginner paddler.
The course features an evening 2½ hour lake skills instruction from 5:30pm – 8:00pm+/- on a weekday evening. Then we will commute to the Hiwassee River for the weekend to continue the training. We will be tent camping at Gee Creek Campground.
Foundation Skills You Will Learn:
• Paddling Strokes
• Paddling Techniques/Maneuvers
• River Safety/Hazards
• 1st Aid Considerations
• River Terminology
Items You Need To Bring:
• Camping Gear or Hotel in Etowah 10-miles into town
• Backpacking Style Lunch for the River and Money for Breakfast and Supper
• One liter of water
• Waterproof snack (Cliff Bar , etc.)
• Water Shoes or Old Tennis Shoes
• Bathing Suit/Board Shorts and Synthetic Under-layers if its below 85 degrees
• Sunscreen and Sunglasses (Eyeglass Strap so you don’t lose them)
• Small Dry Bag to Keep your Food in While on the River
Items We Bring:
• Solo/Tandem Kayaks
• Personal Flotation Device (PFD)
• Directions and Map to Lesson(s)
• ACA Certified Whitewater Kayak Instructors
You will automatically be emailed a gear and clothing list and example food list after check out. You will be emailed a detailed itinerary of the outing, skill instruction dates, as well as directions. We will take care of the rest!
Welcome to Plateau Eco-Sports, home of your next High Adventure!
The Cumberland Plateau is home to the finest climbing/rappelling and whitewater paddling in the southeast featuring waterfalls, caves, gorges, National and State Parks, the Cumberland Trail, world-class musky/trout fishing, 3.8 million acres of Forest and 1200 miles of rivers and streams whose Eco-region represents one of the most bio-diverse land and water systems in the world.
Plateau Eco-Sports believes that our mountains, forests, streams and rivers have essential and inherent worth. They provide outdoor adventure, opportunities for learning, spiritual renewal, and a means to escape the chaos of everyday life. We specialize in outdoor education and adventure while promoting the protection, enjoyment and understanding of the wilderness.
We offer guided and unguided trips here in Middle Tennessee, for every ability level and outdoor interest-from backpacking and climbing to canoeing and kayaking and caving and fishing to name a few. Our goal is to teach people skills to safely enjoy the outdoors and to care for the outdoors in a responsible and knowledgeable manner.
Our Mission Statement: We work with people who want to go bigger, farther, higher in LIFE by increasing knowledge, confidence, and skills in High Adventure Eco-Sports. Browse our website and learn more about us and what we do. Feel free to contact us should you have any questions regarding one of our adventure programs. You can also check out our Facebook page for photos and previous trips.