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Paddle with EJ on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 14, 2015)


Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the first of its Paddle with the Pros clinics with Eric “EJ” Jackson.  EJ is a four-time World Freestyle Champion, the founder of Jackson Kayaks and author/producer of multiple instructional books and videos.  He is one of the most prominent personas in whitewater paddling on the planet and a leading ambassador for the sport. 

This one day course is designed for the intermediate/advanced boater and will focus on river running and freestyle techniques.  We are offering two dates—Mar 21 and 22—and participants should select one. It will be held on the Nolichucky Gorge in Erwin, TN. We will meet at USA Raft at 9am and should be done by late afternoon.  Participants should be comfortable on class III water and have a reliable roll. Course will be limited to 15 students.  This course will likely fill up fast so be sure to send in your registration form and payment to reserve your spot.


COURSE OBJECTIVES: Paddle with and learn from EJ—need we say more?!?

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class III whitewater and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability. Min age is 14.


WHERE: Nolichucky Gorge; meet at take-out at USA Raft: 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, TN 37650

WHEN: Sat, Mar 21 OR Sun, Mar 22

TIME: Meet at 9:00 A.M. for a full day clinic either day (select one)

COST: $85 for APEs/TEHCC members; $95 for non-APEs/TEHCC members (tuition includes APEs membership).                     Non-Refundable after Mar 14 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 15 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for their own lunch on the river.  We may have a BBQ dinner at the USA Raft take-out at the conclusion of each day if there is enough interest.

LODGING: Bunkhouse rooms available at take-out at USA Raft. Contact directly at 423-743-7111.

CAMPING: Available at take-out at Nolichucky Gorge Campground. Contact directly at 423-743-8876.


MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater kayak, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag


REGISTRATIONThere are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.


QUESTIONS: Contact Scott at tfisher1@its.jnj.com or 276-698-4644