Recreational Kayaking Training Resources

New to kayaking and canoeing?  Need some training to make sure you have a fun and safe trip on the water?
Check out our beginners classes:   Tons of Fun ~ Intro to Paddling |  Rescue Skills for Recreational Boaters

Missed out on a class? Still need more training? No problem!  
Below is a list of ACA certified trainers in Middle Tennessee 

This resource list is intended to meet the growing marketplace need for training for casual boaters on Middle Tennessee waterways. This is not intended for entry level whitewater training. If you want to be listed on this page please email your contact info, location and what kind of training you offer to ops@paddletsra.org 

 

Instructor: Tiffany Henderson, ACA Level 3 River Kayaking Instructor 
Instructor: Johnny Henderson, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor 
Cell: (931) 561-4157
Email: tiffany.henderson629@gmail.com
Location: Columbia, TN
Instruction: Beginning kayaking on moving water (class I)

 

Company: Higher Pursuits
Phone: (931) 840-8575
Email: higherpursuits@aol.com
Location: Columbia, TN
Instruction: Beginning kayaking and canoeing lessons
Website: www.higherpursuits.com/

 

Company: Hook1 Outfitters
Instructor: Jessie Beckett, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor, Adaptive Paddling Endorsement, TSRA Board Member, Hook1 Paddling Pro 
Instructor: Andrea White, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor, TSRA Board Member & Chair of Recreational Kayaking, Hook1 Paddling Pro
Instructor: Renée Garside, ACA Level 3 River Kayaking Instructor, Hook1 Paddling Pro 
Phone: 615-824-7722
Email: jbeckett@hook1outfitters.com
Location: Hendersonville, TN
Instruction: Kayak fishing, introduction to paddling, what to buy. Ask us for more information!
Website: www.kayakfishinggear.com/

 

Company: Middle Tennessee Kayak Lessons
Instructor: Renée Garside, ACA Level 3 River Kayaking Instructor, Hook1 Paddling Pro 
Cell: 615-500-8315 
Email: wado.karate@yahoo.com 
Location: Nashville, TN
Website: www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-lessons-Meetup/

 

Company: Nashville Kayak Lessons 
Instructor: Leslie Dunn, ACA Level 1 Flatwater Kayaking Instructor, Adaptive Paddling Endorsement, Author of Quiet Water Kayaking -- A Beginner's Guide
Cell:  615-461-0711
Email: NashvilleKayakLessons@gmail.com
Location: Castalian Springs, TN
Instruction: What to Buy, Basic Strokes, Expressive Kayaking
Website: www.meetup.com/Nashville-Kayak-Lessons/

 

Company: New Outdoor Adventures
Instructor: Kevin Stitt, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor
Cell:  
Email: info-noa@gmx.com
Location: Franklin, TN
Instruction: Hands on learning to build confidence in new outdoor adventures, including paddling; what to buy

 

Company: REI Outdoor School, REI Brentwood
Instructor: Kevin Stitt, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor
Cell:  615-376-4248
Email: 
Location: Brentwood, TN
Instruction: paddling, camping, hiking, backpacking, navigation, climbing, cycling, bike maintenance and more! Check our website for upcoming classes.
Website:  www.rei.com/outdoorschool/paddling-classes.html

 

Company: Southbound River School
Instructor: Christian Horner, ACA Level 4 River Kayaking Instructor
Cell: (615) 275-7772
Location: Murfreesboro, TN 
Instruction: Intro to paddling & river basics from class I recreational paddling to class III whitewater kayaking.
Website: www.southboundriverschool.com​

 

Instructor: Andrea White, ACA Level 2 River Kayaking Instructor, TSRA Board Member & Chair of Recreational Kayaking Activities,, Hook1 Paddling Pro
Email: Andrea@AndreaWhite.com
Location: Smyrna, TN
Instruction: By appointment; flatwater and moving water paddling skills, water safety, and rescue techniques for Class I waterways