Kayaking Instruction with Georgia River Network

Georgia River Network offers kayaking and water safety classes for paddlers looking to increase their skills and maximize their fun on Georgia’s waterways.

With the sudden influx of new paddlers using Georgia’s lakes and rivers as an outdoor escape from the pandemic, Georgia River Network hopes to help bridge the knowledge gap and empower paddlers enjoy the state’s waterways more safely and for many years to come. 

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Course offerings:

  1. Strengthening and Stretching for Kayaking — a half day, introductory class to prepare you for adventures like Paddle Georgia. The class will include a review of the warm-ups and review of posture, a short paddle to a nearby waterfall and back, and a cool down.
  2. Intro to Kayaking (Lake)a half day, introductory class to get you more familiar with the features of your boat and paddle and give you more confidence on your adventures.
  3. Intro to River Kayaking (Class I)a full day class to introduce you to the skills, hazards and fun to be had on class I rivers!
  4. Rescue for Rec Boaters — an entry-level safety and rescue class for paddlers who plan to paddle flat water lakes and slow moving rivers (one- and two-day options available)
  5. Kayaking Instructor Course — a 3-day class for paddlers interested in becoming certified kayaking instructors who can teach paddlers on lakes and Class I rivers (scholarships available).


Georgia River Network is a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1998 to serve as the voice of Georgia’s rivers. GRN works to empower everyone to connect with, and advocate for economically vital and clean flowing rivers in Georgia. Your class fees will contribute to this effort statewide.

Paddle Georgia 2022

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Georgia River Network

Paddle Georgia 2021
Georgia River Network

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | info@garivers.org

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