Intro to Rivers - Kayaking

Intro to Rivers - Kayaking
Session #1 : May 11, 2019  

Harpeth River, Nashville, TN (in Bellevue)

Class Registration Costs:
TSRA Members      $35
Non-members       $45
(Remember, a TSRA membership costs $25 and includes your whole household.)

Intro to Rivers will help kayakers bridge the gap between paddling flatwater and dipping a toe in whitewater. Learn how to navigate water hazards in moving water and paddling skills that will help you continue to progress from Class I to more challenging rivers. Class will divide into skills groups so it is perfectly fine if this is your introduction to moving water or if this is your introduction to the skills you may want to work on in more advanced rivers.

This will not be a float trip. Through a combination of on land and on water instruction students will learn paddle strokes, how to read current and navigate hazards, how to catch an eddy, ferrying and peel outs and a variety of other skills.

Students should already know how to self rescue. Kids must be able to swim independently and paddle their own kayak. Under 10 years old requires a parent to be present as a student in the class.

You must supply your own equipment! You can rent a 12' recreational kayak during registration. If you prefer to rent a whitewater kayak, they are available from MTSU. The class will divide into skills groups so both types of boats are welcome. 

Recreational Kayak Rental Options (12' boats):
Courtesy of Beyond the Banks Kayak Rentals
Available during registration for $25 per boat, including PFD and paddle.

Whitewater Kayak Rental Options:
MTSU Outdoor Equipment Rental

You will be responsible for picking up, transporting, and returning MTSU rental kayaks.   


To get maximum benefit from your expert teaching team, we recommend using kayaks that are 10’ or less in length. Items with an asterisk* are required.  12' rec boats are fine - and you will get a robust class - but you will not be able to take full advantage of all skills being taught.

*Whitewater kayak or Rec (sit-in or on) kayak (recommend 10' or shorter)

*PFD - Class III rated 


Helmet (optional)

Skirt for WW kayaks (optional)

*River shoes - no flip flops

*Water wear - swimsuit, sunguard (optional) 




*Plenty of water

Dry bag