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The 2016 Paddle School was a blast! Check back in spring 2017 for registration to next years school.

The Chota Canoe Club’s Annual Canoe & Kayak School is a great way to get started in paddling and to advance your skills if you are already boating whether it be flat or white water!

Registration Form

To enroll either go to the online enrollment tab below or print and mail in this registration form along with your $100 check.

This year we are offering the following courses

Friday June 10

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Check in at our base camp at OAR (Outdoor Adventure Rafting) Campground near the Ocoee River
8:00 pm General Meeting / Orientation followed by Student & Instructor Meetings
8:30 pm Gear Check Out and Outfitting


Saturday June 11

8:00 am – 9:00 am Students & Instructors Meet to Begin Classes (Daily Schedule will be determined by Instructor)
6:00 pm Catered Dinner (bring a chair)
6:45 pm Silent Auction begins
7:30 pm Live Auction and Bonfire (all items must be paid for at auction)


Sunday June 12

8:00am – 9:00 am Students & Instructors Meet to Begin Classes (Daily Schedule will be determined by Instructor)

Your $100 Registration fee covers ($120 if enrolled after May 31, 2016)

  • Instruction
  •  One year Chota Canoe Club Membership
  • Two nights camping at OAR
  • Catered meal Saturday evening
  • Shirt (you may order more)

To order extra shirts please email at Rachel Elise your sizes and quantities by June 1st.

Cost Type of Shirt
$ 20.00  DRI-FIT Shirt (you can paddle in this)
$ 15.00  Soft Cotton Shirt

For non participants camping is $8 /night and Saturday meal is $12. Cabins also available from OAR. Go to OAR (Outdoor Adventure Rafting) for directions and more information.

Camping Price Per Night
Riverside Site $ 8.00 per camper
Regular Sites $ 5.00 per camper
Bunkhouses
Large Bunkhouse (32 max) $14.00 per lodger (min $ 224.00)
Small Bunkhouse (16 max) $14.00 per lodger (min $ 112.00)

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Mail a $100 check payable to

CHOTA CANOE CLUB

PO BOX 51194
KNOXVILLE, TN 37950-1194

Pay Online


Donate to the School


Equipment rentals are available at the following outfitters in Knoxville.

Uncle Lem’s Mountain Outfitters

  • Fully Outfitted Rentals include Spray Skirt, Paddle, & PFD (Does not rent out helmets)
  • $30 Day, or $50 per weekend (Thursday 4pm – Monday before  12pm)
  • Open Mon – Sat 10-7, Closed Sundays
  • 9715 Kingston Pike Knoxville TN 37922 (Near Kingston Pike & Pellissippi Pkwy)
  • Phone: 865 357 8566


River Sports Outfitters

  • Fully Outfitted Rentals include Spray Skirt, Paddle, & PFD (Does not rent out helmets)
  • $35 Day
  • Open Mon – Fri 10-8, Sat 9-6 , Sun 12-6
  • 2918 Sutherland Avenue Knoxville, TN 37919 (Near Kingston Pike & Alcoa Hwy)
  • Phone: 865 523 0066

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Please contact the Canoe & Kayak School Director with any questions.

Aaron Hiscock – Email Aaron

You don’t have to be enrolled at the school to order extra shirts please click here to order your sizes and quantities by June 2nd. List your sizes in the “message to seller” section of the order form. Only prepaid orders will be fulfilled. We will be ordering extra and after June 2nd all orders will be subject to availability.

This years shirt was designed by Rachel Elise at Relise Design Co. using a beautiful sketch of The Hiwassee Falls on the Hiwassee River by club member and artist Kim Abney. The shirts will be similar to the design below.

Cost Type of Shirt
$ 20.00  DRI-FIT Shirt (you can paddle in this)
$ 15.00  Soft Cotton Shirt

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Camping Gear & Other Essentials

• Money $$$ – You will want to pick up some great deals on gear and swag at the paddle school auction and raffle. We will accept cash or major credit cards. 

• Rain Gear – A waterproof jacket and pants.

• River booties – or other foot protection, but NO FLIP FLOPS!  You will be walking on rocks!

• Sunblock – Waterproof is best. Neutrogena Sport Face is great.

• Sunglasses with retainers – Whitewater paddlers will want to use these off the river, but touring paddlers will find them very valuable on the water.

• Water Bottles – A refillable water bottle will be a necessity on the water. Nalgene and comparable brands are great, and you will need to clip your bottle into your boat

• Headlamp – A waterproof headlamp will benefit you greatly! From the moment dusk falls until sunrise you are bound to get hungry, visit the toilets, or find your way back to your tent. Invest in a good one and keep it in your car, this is something you may need in a non paddling emergency too. 

• Tent or Hammock for camping – If you are new to camping see your local outfitter to get all of the essentials. It may rain so a dry tent with a tent pad will be essential. If you hammock camp don’t forget the bug net, rain fly, tarp, atlas straps, etc, etc.

• Caribiners – Bring 2-4 Caribiners to clip your dry bag and water bottle into your boat, but also to hang up your wet gear at camp overnight…don’t forget the rope!

• Rope – You will want to hang up your wet paddling gear after your class on saturday. 

• Food – While we will provide your saturday night dinner you may want to prepare your meals for on the water, breakfasts, and snacks in advance. There are a number of local gas stations and a nearby store to pickup food, but we will be spending our time hanging out at camp. Bring whatever dish ware you might need as well.

• koozies – This is a paddling essential…trust us!

• Toiletries – We will be car camping so there is no reason to be stinky! Bring a towel, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, toothbrush, and if you’d like to some shower shoes are a great idea.  

Hydration is extremely important on the river – the day will be hot while the river will be cold!

Touring Student Gear

• PFD ( Personal Flotation Device a.k.a. Life Jacket) – Make sure that it fits you. Your PFD should have padding in both the front and back and should cover the majority of your spine. Choose a PFD that is not older than 5‐7 years and does not have rips, tears, broken straps, broken buckles, or broken zippers.

• Footwear –  Appropriate footwear must be worn on the lake; your toes should be covered. We recommend paddle shoes or neoprene booties. Be aware that gym shoes or sport sandals may not fit in your kayaks or canoe foot pegs. Pool shoes may also be used for the weekend.

• Dry Bag – You will want a dry bag for the weekend to carry your lunch and any other items necessary with you on the river. Soggy sandwiches suck!

• Touring Paddle – Choose a touring specific paddle with drip rings. The blades may be offset at either 45 or 30 degree angle.

• Spray Skirt – Make sure the cockpit size matches the boat that you are bringing to Paddle School and the tunnel size fits your waist. A splash skirt with a cinch or drawstring is also acceptable.

• Paddling appropriate clothing– On the water you will need to have clothing that does not hold water…i.e.-no cotton! You can pre-order a DRI-Fit shirt from us that is acceptable to paddle in. Poly-pro clothing, or spray tops are all good to paddle in as well. 

• Dry Change of clothes – In the event that you flip your boat, you will need to have a spare set of dry clothes in a dry bag in your boat.

• Sponge (optional) – For sopping up water from the bottom of your boat.

• Brimmed Hat (optional) – A hat that offers a lot of sun shading is great, but make sure it will not fly off your head if the wind picks up. 

Whitewater Student Gear

Helmet –  Make sure that it is whitewater specific(Not a bicycle helmet) and that if fits your head. Inspect the surface of the helmet to make sure that it does not have any cracks or severe damage. Make sure the buckle on the chin strap is not broken.

• PFD ( Personal Flotation Device a.k.a. Life Jacket) – Make sure that it is whitewater specific and that it fits you. Your PFD should have padding in both the front and back and should cover the majority of your spine. Choose a PFD that is not older than 5‐7 years and does not have rips, tears, broken straps, buckles, or zippers.

• Footwear –  Appropriate footwear must be worn on the river; your toes should be covered. We recommend paddle shoes or neoprene booties. Be aware that gym shoes or sport sandals will not fit in most whitewater kayaks or in canoe foot pegs. Pool shoes may also be used for the weekend.

Boat Floatation – Floatation keeps your boat from filling up with water should you happen to take a swim. Our support boaters will greatly appreciate it if your boat has appropriate floatation. Floatation for kayaks include float bags in the stern of the boat (beach balls may be used). Floatation in both the bow and stern is required for canoes.

• Nose Plugs  – This is one of the most important purchases for a beginner. The very first thing you will do is flip over and perform a wet exit (that’s how you get out of your boat when you are upside down!)

• Dry Bag – You will want a dry bag for the weekend to carry your lunch and any other items necessary with you on the river. Soggy sandwiches suck!

• Paddling appropriate clothing– On the river you will need to have clothing that does not hold water…i.e.-no cotton! You can pre-order a DRI-Fit shirt from us that is acceptable to paddle in. Poly-pro clothing, shortie wetsuits, dry-tops, spray tops, or drysuits are all good to paddle in as well. We don’t recommend running out and buying a bunch of new paddling specific gear until you consult some club members who can help you mitigate common issues when purchasing gear.

• Dry Change of clothes – You will come off the river soaking wet and will need to have a spare set of dry clothes in a bag ready when you get off the river.

 

KAYAK STUDENTS

• Whitewater Kayak – For beginning students, be sure that the kayak you rent is a river runner or creek boat. Playboats are far less stable and are not recommended for students who are just beginning in the sport.

• Whitewater Paddle – Choose a whitewater specific paddle. The blades may be offset at either 45 or 30 degree angle.

• Spray Skirt – Make sure the cockpit size matches the boat that you are bringing to Paddle School and the tunnel size fits your waist. Beginner students should choose a skirt with a bungee attachment. Spray skirts with a rand attachment are for serious playboaters and creek boaters and are designed to be much more difficult to be removed from the rim of a cockpit

• Sponge – For sopping up water from the bottom of your boat.

 

CANOE STUDENTS

• Canoe  – More advanced boats are shorter in length, generally eleven feet and under.

• Canoe Paddle – The length of the paddle should not be longer than the distance from the ground to your armpit.

• Pump – Either electric or manual. If you use a manual pump, make sure it is tied into your boat.

Touring Kayak & Canoe

Instruction for kayak and canoe touring classes will start on Parksville Lake for the first day and with day two instruction location to be determined. We will cover basic boating and safety skills and then tailor instruction to the groups aptitude.

WHAT IS TOURING?

sea kayak or touring kayak is a kayak developed for the sport of paddling on open waters of lakes, bays, and the ocean. Sea kayaks are seaworthy small boats with a covered deck and the ability to incorporate a spray deck. They trade off the maneuverability of whitewater kayaks for higher cruising speed, cargo capacity, ease of straight-line paddling, and comfort for long journeys. It’s like hiking on water!

One of the biggest reasons to take up touring paddling is the chance to combine the best of back country camping and exploratory paddling. These boats have plenty of room for camping gear, food, water, and other supplies on your longer adventures whether it be on a lake in the mountains or off the coast in the ocean.

Beginner Whitewater Kayak

Instruction for whitewater kayak and canoes will be on the Hiwassee River (Class I-II) and we will cover basic boating and safety skills.

Beginner whitewater classes are suitable for those who have never been in a boat, touring boaters that want to try whitewater, and those who have not been on the water in a while.  We have some students who take the class every year just to knock the dust off and get ready for the summer.

Classes will be tailored towards the interest of the students but will all cover safety, group dynamics, paddle strokes, whitewater technique and reading water.  Brand new boaters will learn about boats and all the gear that go along with them (don’t miss the auction on Saturday for deals on gear), how to hold your paddle and how to get out of (or stay in) that crazy boat.  More advanced beginners may concentrate on strokes and cleaning up technique to make getting around on the water much easier

 

WHAT IS WHITEWATER KAYAKING? 

Whitewater kayaking is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater kayaking can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater.

Intermediate Whitewater Kayak

Intermediate instruction for whitewater kayak and canoes will be on the Ocoee River (Class III-IV). You should already have basic boating and safety skills as well as a solid and reliable combat roll. Come to school ready to be put to the test.

 

WHAT IS WHITEWATER KAYAKING? 

If you are considering the intermediate class you probably shouldn’t be asking this question…just saying. We’d love to have you in the beginner course though!

Beginner Whitewater Canoe (solo or tandem)

Instruction for whitewater kayak and canoes will be on the Hiwassee River (Class I-II) and we will cover basic boating and safety skills.

Beginner whitewater canoe classes are for those with no paddling or limited experience paddling in moving water. Instruction will include a strong emphasis on safety and river reading skill development. Such as, use the flow of the river to move your canoe with proper paddle techniques instead of attempting to overpower the river with paddle strokes.

WHAT IS WHITEWATER CANOEING? 

Whitewater canoeing (also commonly called “open boating”) is the sport of paddling a canoe on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater canoeing can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater.

Common brands for Whitewater canoes: Blackfly, Mad River, Esquif, Mohawk, Dagger.

 

Boat Types and Equipment

  • Outfitting boats to the paddler, choosing the canoe versus type of desired paddling (i.e. boat designs)
  • Equipment choices, such as floatation bags, thigh straps, pedestal seats, paddles and helmets

Paddling strokes – Beginner

  • Paddle strokes – forward, reverse, low brace, high brace, forward sweep, backward sweep, J, prys, side draw and scull

Paddling Maneuvers

  • Sweep and brace turns, reaction drills, edging boat, ruddering boat

River Reading

  • River left and river right, scouting, currents, upstream and downstream V’s, standing waves, pillows, eddys, and river class designations

Safety Topics

  • Swimming position, self rescue and assisted rescue, rescue by boat or rope, buddy system, Lead and sweep, river signals
  • Hazards such as rocks, strainers, holes, DAMS, and undercuts

River Maneuvers

  • Ferries, eddy turns, peel out and surfing (bow and side surfing)

Intermediate Whitewater Canoe (solo or tandem)

Instruction for whitewater kayak and canoes will be on the Ocoee River (Class III-IV) and we will cover basic boating and safety skills.

Intermediate whitewater canoe classes are for those with experience paddling in moving water and desire to focus on more advance paddling techniques. Instruction will include a strong emphasis on safety and river reading skill development. Such as, use the flow of the river to move your canoe with proper paddle techniques instead of attempting to overpower the river with paddle strokes.

WHAT IS WHITEWATER CANOEING? 

If you are considering the intermediate class you probably shouldn’t be asking this question…just saying. We’d love to have you in the beginner course though!

Boat Types and Equipment

  • Outfitting boats to the paddler, choosing the canoe versus type of desired paddling (i.e. boat designs)
  • Equipment choices, such as floatation bags, thigh straps, pedestal seats, paddles and helmets

Paddling strokes – Intermediate

  • Paddle strokes – review/practice of beginner strokes with addition of compound strokes, underwater recovery strokes, and advance stroke efficiency in paddling technique

Paddling Maneuvers

  • Sweep and brace turns, reaction drills, edging boat, ruddering boat

River Reading

  • River left and river right, scouting, currents, upstream and downstream V’s, standing waves, pillows, eddys, and river class designations

Safety Topics

  • Swimming position, self rescue and assisted rescue, rescue by boat or rope, buddy system, Lead and sweep, river signals
  • Hazards such as rocks, strainers, holes, DAMS, and undercuts

River Maneuvers

  • Ferries, eddy turns, peel out and surfing (bow and side surfing)

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