White Water Learning
Center of Georgia

3437 Rockhaven Circle NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30324
(404) 231-1199

whitewaterlearn@mindspring.com

 

Kids' Kayaking Summer Day Camp

Since 1998, White Water Learning Center of Georgia introduced more kids to the sport of whitewater kayaking than any other instructional program in Georgia. The focus of our kids program is our summer day camp for children aged 9 to 14. We also provide instructional services to residential camps and youth groups such as scout troops.

The Program

The goal of our summer day camp program is to provide an enjoyable and challenging experience for kids in a natural environment. We emphasize proper paddling technique and have developed simplified instructional methods to assure success. Whitewater kayaking is a skill that requires balance and coordination more than strength and is an activity that can be mastered by most kids who are in reasonably good physical shape. However, many of the techniques involved in the sport are counter-intuitive and require working with an experienced instructor. WWLC instructors have many years of whitewater teaching experience and many are involved with kids as school teachers and scout leaders.  Each session is led by an American Canoe Association-certified whitewater kayak instructor.

The format for the five fun-filled days is to spend Monday and Tuesday at Allatoona Lake, Wednesday on the Metro Chattahoochee and Thursday and Friday on class II north Georgia Rivers. If drought conditions persist into the summer and no free-flowing rivers in Georgia are runable, we will go to the Tuckaseegee in North Carolina on Thursday and the Hiwassee in Tennessee on Friday. These rivers are dam-controlled and have scheduled  recreational water releases on those days.

 

               

 

The first thing we do at the lake is outfit each camper with the proper-sized gear. Kayaks are not "one-size-fits-all" pieces of equipment. We have several models of small volume kayaks for children and youths in the 50 to 125 pound weight range, along with youth-sized paddles, life vests and helmets. This is top quality equipment from manufacturers such as Perception, Dagger, Werner and Lotus. We also have adult-sized gear for big kids.

 

   

 

               

 

 

On the lake, campers become comfortable with their kayaks in the water and learn to get out properly when they turn over. We intersperse teaching paddling technique with playing games and take frequent breaks. On the first river day, we emphasize basic boat control-- going straight, avoiding obstacles, stopping by turning into eddies, etc. By Friday, the kids will have learned all the basic skills and we make the last day a "fun run" with a minimum of drills.

 

We introduce river safety and related topics at opportune moments during the week, rather than through formal lectures. All instructors hold current First Aid and CPR certifications and most have had specific training in river rescue techniques. We believe that individual attention and small groups are important to a quality learning experience and we stay within American Canoe Association guidelines for maximum student-to-instructor ratios

Parents may choose to drop their children off at the teaching site each day. We also provide free van pooling from our headquarters location near Lenox Square, leaving at 7:15 am, and from a designated point north of I-285, leaving at 7:45 am. The perimeter location is the McDonald's restaurant at Windy Hill Road and I-75 on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, children may be dropped off and picked up at the Metro Hooch put-in and take-out locations. On Thursday and Friday, the perimeter location will be either the Windy Hill Rd McDonalds, the REI parking lot off Ga. 400 at exit 5 or the Indian Trail MARTA Park/Ride lot off I-85 at exit 101, depending on our destination. Further out pick-up and drop-off points en route to the day’s teaching venue can also be arranged. Afternoon pick-up times  are 4:00 pm Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and 4:30 -5 pm on Thursday and Friday, and 30 minutes later at our headquarters near Lenox Square.

2009 Sessions Dates

                            June 8 - 12                June 22 - 26                      July  6 - 10               July 20 -24

Cost

The cost of a five-day session is $400 per child. This includes all required kayak equipment: boat, paddle, helmet, personal floatation device (PFD), spray skirt, paddling jacket and nose clips. (A complete checklist of suitable clothing and personal items will be sent to parents with a confirmation of registration.)  It does not include any meals. Parents should pack a lunch, snacks and a beverage each day.

After Camp, then What?

After attending camp, kayakers will be qualified to go on our Sunday guided trips on class II  rivers. These trips are usually led by an American Canoe Association-certified WWLC kayak instructor. The cost is $45 ($40 if you register 5 days ahead.) Equipment rental is $25, $15 off our normal daily rate. Transportation is not included but car-pooling can  be arranged. We can also provide information on family-oriented paddling clubs in the Atlanta area. 

Participant Requirements and Behavioral Expectations

The appropriate age range for our kayak day camp is 9 to 14. (Mature, athletic kids 13 and older are also welcome in our weekend courses.) Campers should be emotionally stable, in reasonably good physical condition, able to swim and comfortable being upside down under water. Participants must have written parental consent and sign a waiver of liability.

Campers are expected to behave and respond positively to instructors’ directions. Physical aggression, teasing, harassment, or conduct that poses a risk to their own or others’ safety will not be tolerated. Serious or repeated offenses will result in expulsion from the program, without refund. Disruptive behavior while in moving vehicles is considered a very serious safety threat.

Registration Information and Payment Policies

The cost of camp is $400 per child. Space is limited, so an early registration will help assure your child a place on your preferred dates. Feel free to call to check space availability. We require a $100 per child deposit at the time of registration, with the balance due 10 days before the scheduled beginning date of the course. Payments are refundable up to 10 days before the camp start date. If you register within 10 days of the start date, full payment is required. Please indicate a second choice of dates to help us if your first choice is oversubscribed or undersubscribed. If the registration minimum is not met 10 days before the camp start date, you will be notified and asked to choose among your options. 

To make a reservation, please print the Registration form below, fill it out completely and mail it with payment to White Water Learning Center of Georgia, 3437 Rockhaven Cir. NE, Atlanta, GA 30324. If you are paying with a major credit or debit card, you can fax the registration form to 404-231-4749. For further information or to register by phone with a credit card payment, call Bruce Williams at White Water Learning Center of Georgia, Inc. at (404) 231-1199 (day or evening).

Cancellations/Refunds

A full refund will be given for cancellations made 10 days or more before the camp start date. Transfer requests made at least 10 days before the start date will be accepted. Those received after that will be accepted only if the child's place can be filled from a waiting list. A pro-rated refund will be given if we are forced to cancel a particular day's activities before we leave in the morning.  No partial refund will be given if a child withdraws or misses days for any reason or is expelled for misbehavior.

For their own and others' safety, campers must demonstrate adequate skills on the lake to go on the rivers. Specifically, they must be able to get out of their kayaks without panicking when they turn over and must  be able to steer their kayaks using proper paddle strokes. They must demonstrate sufficient boat control on moving water and class I rapids to go on to class II whitewater. We will communicate any concerns to parents as they arise and will work with children individually to overcome difficulties to try to keep them in our program. If, despite genuine attempts to learn, we determine at any point that a child does not have skills to continue, we will make a pro-rated refund. We follow the "challenge by choice" philosophy and do not force participants to do anything they don't want to do. However, if campers refuse to participate in training exercises or do not genuinely attempt to overcome difficulties, they will be dropped from the program and no refund will be given.

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Registration Form

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