Three offerings: September 12 (sold-out), 18 or 19

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Lower Chestatee River (We will meet at the public put-in next to Chestatee River Adventures at 2718 South Chestatee, Dahlonega 30533)
  • $75 for class only (optional boat/paddle/PFD rental available from GRN for $25)


This is a full day class to introduce you to the skills, hazards and fun to be had on class I rivers!

By the end of the day you will feel more in control of your boat, know how to paddle all day without wearing out your arm muscles, have some tips and tricks for reading the river and avoiding hazards, and be more confident about exploring class I rivers with your friends and family.

  • Basic paddle strokes and boat control
  • Introduction to river reading and hazard identification
  • Moving water skills like edging, ferrying, and peel outs
  • Legally, what’s required in a non-motorized craft
  • An introduction to gear, trip planning and prevention
  • Introduction to hazards plus some tips and tricks for boat control in dicey situations


Andrea White is an ACA certified Level 2 River Kayaking instructor with an instructor endorsement as a Paddlesport Safety Facilitator.

She served for 2 years as the Chair for all Recreational Boater Training for the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association and has been teaching entry level kayakers for 5 years. She has a passion for building a community of safety conscious paddlers who can help each other when things on the water go sideways.

She also earned the award from the American Canoe Association as the Best State Director in the nation in 2020 for her work leading paddlesports training and advocacy in Tennessee. We welcome her to Georgia to spread her enthusiasm for paddlesports among all of the folks who love Georgia’s rivers!


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.


We will meet at the public put-in near Chestatee River Adventures (2718 S Chestatee, Dahlonega, GA 30533). We will work together to shuttle to the public takeout (address will be provided in pre-trip communications). Out of consideration for our fellow paddlers, we will all wear masks during shuttle. 



  • We will meet on land for approximately 2 hours before we launch on the water. We will take a quick break for lunch together. Please bring your lunch and a camp chair.
  • Bring lots of water to stay hydrated all afternoon and feel free to bring snacks that fit in your life jacket.
  • Every participant will be required to wear a US Coast Guard approved Type III life jacket anytime we are within 10 feet of the water or are out on the water. There will be no exceptions.
  • DO NOT WEAR COTTON. Poly pro materials that are quick wicking are far more preferable. You will also need shoes that cover your toes, attach at the ankles and give you good traction on rocky river beds. In a pinch, old tennis shoes work well.
  • Every participant will need a kayak, paddle and life jacket. Rentals from GRN are available during registration for an additional $25.
  • You should also bring sunscreen, bug spray and a strap for your glasses.
  • Other gear that will come in handy if you have it handy: whistle for your life jacket, floatation bags/beach balls (for sit inside kayaks), bilge pump, river rescue throw rope, rain jacket (just in case), dry box or dry bag for your valuables


COVID-19 Guidelines

Please review the following and be prepared to help us minimize the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus during the event.

Before the Event

  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, please stay home.
  • If you are an older adult or you have a serious underlying medical condition, please consider staying at home.
  • Before embarking on a trip, please consider being tested for COVID-19 to ensure that you are not carrying the virus.
  • During travel to and from the event, minimize your contact with other people and always wear a face covering when social-distancing guidelines can not be followed.


During Event

  • Maintain social distancing of 6 feet at all times
  • Where a face covering when unable to practice social distancing (at launch site, restrooms, etc.)
  • Do not share equipment, food, water and other supplies


Paddle Georgia 2021

a project of
Georgia River Network

Paddle Georgia 2021
Georgia River Network

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) |