Two offerings: June 11 or July 15, 2023

  • 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Lower Chestatee River
    (We will meet at the public put-in next to Chestatee River Adventures at 2718 South Chestatee, Dahlonega 30533)
  • $100 for class only (optional boat/paddle/PFD rental available from GRN for $33)
  • Unless otherwise noted, registration for all classes will open on March 1 and will close 2 days before the class.


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 has been named one of Paddling Magazine’s 2022 Top 20 River Heroes for her commitment to training beginners and received two awards from the American Canoe Association for her service as 2020 Outstanding ACA State Director and as a member of a team of volunteers who won 2022 ACA Volunteer of the Year. 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 currently serves in a volunteer capacity as the ACA Southeast Regional Chair and Chair of the ACA Regional Activity Council.


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. 



  • 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 $33.
  • 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
Paddle Georgia
a project of
Georgia River Network
Paddle Georgia 2021
Georgia River Network

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