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(Registration Deadline—June 18, 2016)


Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the next of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting a Beginner Whitewater Canoe Clinic with Eli Helbert.  Eli has taken top honors at two World Championships, a World Cup, and a World Extreme Race, as well as numerous national and regional canoeing titles. He has taught courses throughout the U.S and abroad, including for the Nantahala Outdoor Center, La Ola School of Paddling in Germany and Austria, and the Oxford Riverside Center in England.

The Beginner Whitewater Canoe Course is designed for those interested in learning the fundamentals, strokes and river running techniques that will ensure a fun and safe time on the river.  No experience is necessary. Instruction will consist of both flat water and on river instruction. The course will take place in the normal APEs watershed, to be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 5 students.  If you’re an aspiring open-boater this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best!


COURSE PREREQUISITES: Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability. Minimum age is 14.


WHERE: APEs watershed, specific location TBD

WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 2016

TIME: 8:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (EST)

COST: $125 for APEs/TEHCC members; $135 for non-APEs/TEHCC members (tuition includes APEs membership).              Non-Refundable after June 18 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 5 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch


MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater canoe with floatation, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag, Loaner boats and gear are available on a first come basis.


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