Paddling Classes

Higher Pursuits offers both kayaking and canoeing classes at both the basic and advanced levels. Our instructors are Level I certified Kayak Instructors and Level III certified Canoe Instructors with the American Canoe Association and have 20+ years of paddling and teaching experience.

In addition to scheduled classes, private lessons are available. Private lessons are not available on the weekend from Memorial Day to Labor Day. All lessons must be scheduled in advance and are subject to instructor availability.

Just Add Water Series of Land Based Classes

Join us for our first class in our Just Add Water series of land based classes. These classes will offer land based instruction on different topics. The first of these will be our paddling basics class.

Paddling Basics

Join us for the first class in our Just Add Water series – Paddling Basics.  This is a land-based class that covers the following key topics for paddlers.

  • Understanding river gauges and river hazards – Learn how to read, understand and apply river gauge information. Understanding river hazards and learning to read the river.
  • Preparing for cool weather paddling – What to wear, what to pack and what to expect for cool weather paddling. From your clothing to your footwear to what equipment to bring, the goal is for you to know and paddle in comfort.
  • Improving your paddle stroke – An introduction and/or review of basic paddling strokes. Plus a discussion of paddle types and lengths.
  • Learning about kayak types and construction – all about types of kayaks – long boats versus short boats, narrow boats versus wide boats, rotomolded and thermoformed, and other topics including freeboard, floatation, bulkheads, dry storage and seats.

Participants will rotate between four instructors and will be in groups of 10 or less. We do ask that you bring a mask for this program. The program will be outside so be prepared for cooler afternoon temperatures. We will practice social distancing throughout the program.

This is a land-based class only and will NOT have any time spent on the water. Minimum age – 10 years old

Adults – $20 per person

Children (10 to 15 years old) – $10 per person

2020 Class Dates:

  • We are hoping to reschedule a date in October.

Basic Kayaking Classes

Want to get your family into kayaking but don’t know where to start? Want to learn a new sport that gets you outside, exploring and exercising, but need help learning how to kayak? Or maybe you own a kayak and want to improve your skills and feel more confident?

Join us for our Basic Kayaking class and feel more confident on the water. This class is intended for people new to kayaking or paddlers who want to improve their kayaking skills, on flat water or moving rivers up to class II. The class will cover how to choose a kayak and paddle, entry and exit a kayak, how to stay “sunny side up” or upright, kayak strokes (forward, reverse, sideways, turning strokes), what to do if you tip over, what equipment do I really need, and where to paddle in Middle Tennessee.

Class Overview and Requirements:

  • Sign up for a class online
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 10 years old and up
  • Copy and bring a completed copy of our release form and class agreement
  • Morning classes: Bring a lunch packed in a zip lock and plenty of water
  • Afternoon classes: Bring a snack and plenty of water
  • Wear closed toe shoes that will stay on your feet
  • Plan to get in the water
  • This is a physically active class
  • Minimum Class size: four participants
  • All Kayaking Classes are dependent on the weather, if we are not going to be able to conduct your class due to high water conditions or adverse weather conditions we will call before the class.

Cost:

  • $65 per person (Includes kayak rental and kayak instruction)
  • $45 per person if you have your own kayak (includes boat shuttle and kayak instruction)

2020 Class Dates:

  • We will not be holding any on water kayaking classes in 2020. We hope to resume on-water instruction in 2021.

Our instructors are Level I certified Kayak Instructors with the American Canoe Association and have 20+ years of paddling and teaching experience.

Basic Canoeing Classes

Ever wanted to learn how to make a canoe go where you want it to go? Have you ever wanted to learn how to paddle a canoe without frustration? Would you like to feel confident enough to paddle a canoe in the Boundary Waters, the Florida Everglades, or our local rivers?

Join us for our basic canoeing class and learn where canoeing can take you. This class is intended for people new to canoeing or who want to improve their canoeing skills, on flat water or moving rivers up to class II. The class will cover how to choose a canoe and paddle, enter and exit a canoe, how to stay “sunny side up” or upright, canoe strokes (forward, reverse, moving sideways, turning strokes), what to do if you tip over, what equipment do you really need, and where to paddle in Middle Tennessee.

Class Overview and Requirements:

  • Sign up for a class online
  • Minimum Age Requirement: 12 years old and up
  • Copy and bring a completed copy of our release form and class agreement
  • Morning classes: Bring a lunch packed in a zip lock and plenty of water
  • Afternoon classes: Bring a snack and plenty of water
  • Wear closed toe shoes that will stay on your feet
  • Plan to get in the water
  • This is a physically active class
  • Minimum Class size: four participants
    All Canoeing Classes are dependent on the weather, if we are not going to be able to conduct your class due to high water conditions or adverse weather conditions we will call before the class.

Cost:

  • $65 per person (includes boat rental and canoe instruction)

2020 Class Dates

  • We will not be holding any on water kayaking classes in 2020. We hope to resume on-water instruction in 2021.

Our canoe instructors are Level III certified Canoe Instructors with the American Canoe Association and have 20+ years of paddling and teaching experience.