Level 3 - ”Doe level”- Experienced or comfortable on class II/III rivers

Will focus on refining and building confidence on:

  • river running skills
  • surfing
  • combat rolls
  • bracing 
  • edging

Will introduce and practice advanced concepts like:

  • S-turn maneuvers
  • boofing
  • catching eddies in rapids, ferries in stronger current

This class is perfect for those who:

  • Comfortable on class II and want to build confidence on class III
  • Have a 75% combat roll or better
  • May have had previous instruction

This class will be water based both days

May 18th/19th 2019
USA Raft in Erwin, TN

Level 4 - ”Noli Gorge level”- Comfortable on class III with a solid roll

This is a river trip that will focus on perfecting a specific skill(s).  Based off of group interest and flow.

Examples are: 

  • playboating focus
  • creeking focused

This will be a fun and demanding class as the group challenges and really works a feature multiple times.

What are we Offering?


Level 1 - ”Watuaga level”- Little to No moving water experience

Will teach and strengthen fundamental skills:

  • equipment
  • wet exits
  • strokes
  • eddy turns/peel-outs
  • ferries
  • roll technique

Land based and water based progressing from flat to moving water.

This level is perfect for those that:

  • Have never been in a boat before
  • Have only been on the river a handful of times
  • Have never taken any kind of previous instruction

APE's Summer Kickoff

featuring Paddle School

Beginner Class Overviews

Advanced Class/Focused Trip Overview

Level 2 - ”Lower Noli level”- Some river experience on class II

Will refine skills and reinforce proper technique. Will practice:

  • rolls
  • strokes
  • maneuvers
  • introduce river reading and boat control

Practice and building confidence on class II river(s)

This level is perfect for those that:

  • Have at least some river experience
  • May or may not have taken some formal or informal instruction
  • Are comfortable with basic paddle strokes and maneuvers



This is a new 2-day event in May focused on uniting paddling enthusiasts of all experiences  to get together and share their knowledge, stories, and passion as we all enjoy the river(s).  This is a social and educational  event that is modelled after TVCC paddle school, CCC week of rivers, and TSRA rendezvous.  There will be something of value to offer to everyone.  Classes will be offered for multiple experience levels and lead by ACA instructors, but tailored to the students enrolled.  An advanced class will be organized to focus on refining specific skills outlined by enrollees e.g. boofing, playboating.  A week of rivers  style big board with updated water levels will be available to set up sat/sun WW & flatwater Jump trips aimed at creating a networking/ boating opportunity for long lost pals.  We can all come back together Saturday night for dinner and challenges.  This event can be a huge asset to the club and paddling community and needs everyone's participation. 

Intermediate Class Overview