(Registration Deadline – 5/12/2018) 




TEHCC LOGO If you’ve ever thought how much fun it would be to learn how to kayak now’s your chance!!  The Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course, sponsored by the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, will be held August 29th and 30th in the Tri-Cities area. The clinic is designed for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking that will ensure a fun and safe time on the river. No previous experience is necessary. Instruction will consist of one day on flat water and one day on the river. As in the past, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on safety. Participants will be responsible for providing their own gear and transportation, although loaner gear is available on a first come basis.

Minimum required gear: Whitewater kayak, double-bladed (kayak) paddle, whitewater helmet, spray skirt, PFD (life jacket), closed-toe water shoes or booties (sneakers are fine too but they’ll get wet).  Additionally, it is recommended that each student bring a wicking type shirt (no cotton) for wear while on the water, sunscreen and a rain jacket.  Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and drinking water/sports drinks.



May 19th (Saturday) Lake instruction, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Location: Warrior’s Path State Park.

Students must participate on Saturday to participate on Sunday.


May 20th (Sunday) River Trip, class II, 8:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Location: Lower Nolichucky River.

Note: Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they believe safety will be compromised.


Cost: $75.00 per student (which includes a $5 ACA event membership fee and a $10 APEs membership fee). If you are already a member of either organization deduct that portion of the cost.


REGISTRATION:  There 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.  Your online registration will also double for your APE’s membership form.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Ryan Shealy: 215 Hawk Street, Blountville, TN 37617 by 5/12/2018.   No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will also double for your APE’s membership form.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Ryan at orion9909@yahoo.com to be placed on waiting list.



Ryan Shealy

APEs Safety and Education Co-Chair




Jerry Smith

APEs Safety and Education Co-Chair