Intro to Rivers - Whitewater Basics


Intro to Rivers - Whitewater Basics
This course has closed for 2019

Piney River, Nunnelly, TN
Meet at Pinewood Canoe & Camp
2011 Cash Hollow Road
Nunnelly, TN 37137
(Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more detailed driving directions.)

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

Intro to Rivers - Whitewater Basics will help kayakers bridge the gap between paddling flat water 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. The class will be divided into skills groups from beginners to those more advanced.

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.

This course is designed for adults and children 12 and older. There must be a parent or guardian present with each child at all times.

You must supply your own whitewater kayak and equipment! Students who don't own a kayak will need to reserve and pay for their own kayak rental.

There are no rentals available onsite.

If you have questions about this class or about a loaner boat, please contact Tiffany Henderson at 931-561-4157 or

Whitewater Kayak Rental Options:

MTSU Outdoor Equipment Rental

Vanderbilt University Outdoor Recreation Center

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

Gear (*required):

*Whitewater kayak

*PFD - Class III rated 


Helmet (optional)

Skirt for kayak (optional)

*River shoes - no flip flops

*Water wear - swimsuit, sunguard, etc. 




*Plenty of water

Dry bag