About the course:
I was planning a trip to the Lower Gauley and thought this would be a good way to work on some big water skills. Chris and Lydia did an awesome job working on a variety of skills, including running big rapids, surfing, and general confidence-building.
South of Atlanta along the Georgia-Alabama state line is one of the most unique, urban whitewater playgrounds in the country. Columbus, GA offers a wickedly special opportunity to gain comfort on big, high volume whitewater with all the amenities of your backyard. Daily flow ranges provide opportunities to work on creeking and river running techniques during one part of the day while getting up close and personal with world class big water play during another. The city has created a beautiful and accessible river walk that spans the length of the favorite section of the Chattahoochee, providing unparalleled access to incredible whitewater in the middle of an urban setting without compromising the natural aesthetic of the river.
This three-day trip will focus on river running and freestyle with an overall objective to boost comfort and confidence in high volume, dynamic whitewater. Students can expect days to be multidisciplinary and based on flows. Sessions may be centered around playboating, river running, or a combination of both, but paddlers can expect to be mitigating the ‘big water’ nature of the Columbus Whitewater Park throughout this course with an aim to increase prowess in this type of river environment. Willingness will be imperative to the student’s success as though these features and rapids may be large and intimidating, the overall quality of this river is one of relative forgiveness and accessibility for the intermediate paddler.
Tap into adventure in the concrete jungle, and get your skills ready for big water with this mini bootcamp! Read more about Columbus here.
- Ages 14 and up
- Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian
- A commitment to rolling in Class III whitewater with success
- Be in good health and overall fitness
- Comfort in open water and swimming required
- Common Sense Rescue or equivalency are highly recommended
Trip price: $700.00
Location(s): Columbus, GA
Trip duration: 3 days (4-6 hours each day)
Guest to instructor ratio: 4 guests to 1 instructor, class caps at 8
- Shuttle transportation
- Supplemental class materials
- Equipment essentials
- Lodging (tent camping)