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.

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.

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)

If you have a group of 4 or more people and would like to schedule a class date just for your group, contact us and we can see if that date is available.


Learn what to do if your boat flips over

Learn how to enter a kayak from the water

2019 Class Dates:

  • Apr 12 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Apr 19 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Apr 26 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • May 5 (noon to 5 pm)
  • May 10 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • May 17 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Jun 2 (noon to 5 pm)
  • Jun 4 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Jun 11 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Jul 9 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Jul 14 (noon to 5 pm)
  • Jul 30 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Aug 4 (noon to 5 pm)
  • Aug 6 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Aug 20 (9 am to 2 pm)
  • Sep 8 (noon to 5 pm)
  • Oct 6 (noon to 5 pm)

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

Saturday Seminars (new for 2019)

Through the summer, Higher Pursuits will be offering FREE Saturday Seminars from 8 am to 9 am. We current have five topics that we will offer several times throughout the summer. If you have a request or idea for a seminar Contact Us.

River Knowledge

This seminar will focus on describing common river hazards, how to read the US Geological Gages, the affect that springs and creeks have on the river, and describe currents that can affect your paddling.

2019 Dates: May 4, Jun 1, Jul 13, Aug 3

Kayak Design

The Kayak Design Seminar will cover things your need to consider when purchasing or selecting a kayak. We will look at different kayak designs (recreational, whitewater, fishing), talk about rocker, hull design, plastic types, seat design, storage and the capacity of kayaks.

2019 Dates: May 11, Jun 8, Jul 20, Aug 10

How to start fishing

The How to Start Fishing Seminar is focused on the person that is new to fishing and wants to learn the basics. We will cover current fishing laws, basic equipment, basic knots, and types of fish in Middle Tennessee.

2019 Dates: May 18, Jun 15, Aug 24

Bass Fishing

What lives in the Duck

The What Lives in the Duck Seminar will talk about the abundance of wildlife that lives in, on or above the Duck River. We look at common birds found on the Duck River, Freshwater Mussels, Otters, Beavers, and Minks.

2019 Dates: May 25, Jun 29, Aug 10

Wildlife on the Duck River

Weather Preparedness

The Weather Preparedness Seminar will help you understand how to prepare and react to unexpected weather changes while paddling. We will discuss what do if there is lightning, flash floods, how to prepare for cold temperatures, and what equipment you should have with you when paddling.

2019 Dates: Jun 22, Jul 27, Sep 7

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.

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)

2019 Class Dates

  • The are no canoe classes scheduled for 2019, contact us if you would like to schedule a class
Canoe Class
Learn what to do when your canoe flips over
Classes on how to canoe
Learn to be a better paddler

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