ACA “Kayaking 101” for National Safe Boating Week
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Attend an ACA “Kayaking 101” class to kick off National Safe Boating Week!

Georgia will host 5 ACA “Kayaking 101” classes on May 18 in various spots across the state. (43 simultaneous ACA “Kayaking 101” classes will be held on May 18 across 7 states!) Participating locations In Georgia offering ACA “Kayaking 101” on May 18 include:

  • Allatoona Lake, Stamp Creek Ramp, White GA
  • Allatoona Lake, Kellogg Creek Day Use Area, Acworth GA
  •  Allatoona Lake, Old Hwy 41 #2 Day Use Area, Acworth GA
  • Lake Oconee, Lawrence Shoals Campground, Eatonton GA
  •  Skidaway Island, Rodney Hall Boat Ramp, Savannah, GA

🛶 Why take ACA “Kayaking 101”?

Kayakers comprise the bulk of paddlesports growth, and the majority of paddling fatalities. Surprisingly, accidents happen most often in calm water conditions. Nearly 75% of fatalities involve paddlers with less than 100 hours experience and 35% of those have less than 10 hours experience. ACA “Kayaking 101” covers basic paddle strokes and rescue maneuvers to educate everyone on safe boating and sets new paddlers up to have fun for a lifetime!

⭐️ How much is the class?

ACA “Kayaking 101” costs JUST $15 per person! (including a free kayak rental for anyone who signs up for it at registration) This type of training often retails for $75-$150.

👏 How is this possible?!

All instructors are Georgia volunteers who are nationally certified with the American Canoe Association to give paddling and rescue training, and are supported by experienced safety teams. They are volunteering to offer this training as a special event in conjunction with National Safe Boating Week.

Sign up now HERE!

These classes are made available by many organizations coming together to help their fellow paddlers across Georgia. In addition to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Allatoona Lake, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and ACA Georgia, these organizations include: Georgia River Network, Georgia Power, Trust for Public Land, Georgia Canoeing Association, Savannah Coastal EcoTours, Middle GA Kayaking, Kayak Trips and Training, REI and REI Coop Experiences, Tennessee Valley Canoe Club, Half-Moon Outfitters, Westbrook Supply Co., and Southern Conservation Trust.

Etowah River Adventure
Jun 1 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Head back in time on this favorite paddle route through the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area. Back in time because you’ll travel a route through wild, undisturbed forest that, strangely enough, once was home to the Georgia Nuclear Aircraft Laboratory–a Cold War-era facility that performed numerous experiments on the effects of radiation as workers there also attempted to build a nuclear-powered airplane. Needless to say, the effort was a bust, but remnants of the old facility remain hidden in the forest and are visible at abandoned railroad bridges over the river that once serviced the lab. The 9-mile route features intimate paddling down a shaded path. Flatwater paddling is interrupted on occasion by small shoals, including the the double ledge fun at Radioactive Rapid. Mid-trip, you can stop for lunch at a picturesque “Barefoot Falls,” a tumbling waterfall on a small, unnamed tributary of the river. Registration fees range from $35-$75 and include guide services, shuttles services, river maps, educational programs and lots of good times. Canoe and kayak rentals are available for additional fees. 


Check out the paddle route below!

Paddle Georgia Primer – a class just for Paddle Georgia participants
Jun 15 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Paddle Georgia 2024
Jun 15 @ 2:00 pm – Jun 22 @ 8:00 pm

The largest week-long, canoe-kayak camping adventure in the country returns to the Altamaha River, site of our endlessly fun Paddle Georgia 2012 that took us down nearly the length of Georgia’s largest river from near Baxley to Darien. This year’s seven-day adventure will go beyond just the Altamaha as our route will begin on the Oconee River, take in the mighty “Forks” where the Oconee and Ocmulgee collide to form the Altamaha and include an excursion on the beautiful, blackwater Ohoopee. We’ll finish the epic 107-mile journey by winding through the Altamaha Delta along Rifle Cut and Darien Creek to the historic coastal town of Darien where we’ll celebrate the completion of our journey with a feast of the coast’s bounty. Registration fees are expected to range from $25-$475 with discounts for families and young adults. Don’t want to do all seven days? No problem. 2-Day and other multi-day packages will be offered. Registration fees include campsites, shuttle services, educational programs, river maps, Paddle Georgia t-shirt or other Georgia River Network swag, Paddle Georgia boat decal and guide services. Meal plans (all meals will be catered) can be purchased for additional fees.

Check out the Paddle Georgia 2024 route below.

Intro to River Kayaking
Jul 13 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Intro to Kayaking
Jul 20 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Toccoa River Adventure
Jul 27 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Head for the mountains and the Toccoa River Water Trail for a rousing ride on Class I-II rapids as we follow this North Georgia stream on its course through portions of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The 5-mile run is a good training ground for novice whitewater paddlers and play place for more experienced boaters. Registration fees range from $35-$70 and include guide and shuttle services, river maps, helmets (if you don’t have your own…helmets are required on this section of river) and good times! Canoe and kayak rentals available for additional fees.


Check out the paddle route below!

Rescue for Rec Boaters
Jul 27 @ 9:00 am – Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm
ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor Certification Course + PSF Kayak Instructor Endorsement
Aug 2 – Aug 4 all-day
Intro to River Kayaking
Aug 11 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm