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Old 07-12-2013   #1
Nashville, Tennessee
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New Kayaker trying to do my research

Hi everyone,

I am looking at getting into whitewater kayaking. I've been pouring over this forum and others trying to learn and explore the sport.

I did a fair amount in inflatables on the Upper Rogue in Oregon many years ago and loved it. When I was in Arkansas I was debating whitewater vs touring and my ex talked me into touring. Big mistake. I realized I enjoyed whitewater too much, and the touring boats were almost dangerous on the lakes we kayaked on.

Through the years I keep coming back to this and exploring it some. However, I'm realizing that as I am getting older that if I don't do it soon, I won't. I'm also thinking that it might be a good way to be motivated to exercise some before the season. I'm currently 6'2 and 260 so I am limited on my boat options. I will likely rent some before the season is over and possibly buy a boat over the winter and try to find a pool to practice in.

I am moving to a new job in Nashville TN and trying to learn about the area and the opportunities for kayaking there. I did find one place that does a 3 hour introduction lesson for $65. I figure this would be a good place to start. I will also look for other classes to take while I prepare. Yes I plan on practicing rolling extensively. I'm looking for addition suggestions also.

Unfortunately I also expect to kayak alone at times. Unless I am lucky enough to find someone to kayak with that will mesh with my work schedule. With this in mind I do plan to stay in my skill range. For those that have to do this, do you simply find a place that will shuttle you and your boat to the put in point? What are some ways of finding places that will do this?

I appreciate any help and suggestions.

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Old 07-12-2013   #2
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get on BoaterTalk: whitewater kayaking, stand up paddling, whitewater canoeing, river rafting

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Old 07-12-2013   #3
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Classes are a good way to get your feet wet, but if they don't teach properly, they can also be very discouraging when repeated classes don't yield you a roll.

Since it's in TN, maybe you'll get better classes since that's the home of Jackson kayaks (but who's to say). A class teaching the EJ method of rolling will net you rolls faster and be more motivating (not sure if those exist).

How I finally learned, after spending hundreds on classes, was from EJ's Rolling and Bracing DVD and just getting out to the lake on my own (occasionally with others or I would run into other people I knew), and doing it exactly as EJ instructs in the DVD.

If rolling just isn't your thing, you can still hit up whitewater. You don't need a huge rig. You could use a nice pack raft (like the Alpacka) or those quality Aire duckies/small rafts.

Anyway, BoaterTalk will have local (TN) boaters for you to discuss further with. Thanks for stopping by the Buzz!
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Old 07-12-2013   #4
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Thanks for the replies so far, it is appreciated.

Sadly i cant post in boatertalk. Each time I try to accept the user agreement it acts like it doesn't work. I cant get past it. I have tried 3 browsers and even created a different user name. I also don't see a place to contact them for help.
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Old 07-19-2013   #5
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move to Colorado... try mountainbuzz.
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move to Colorado... try mountainbuzz.
I just checked and it looks like Colorado is full. Check back in a few years.
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Take classes, buy a big boat like a large burn. Don't worry about rolling
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Solo boating as a rule is a no-no. Beginners don't have any place solo boating outside of flatwater. I would argue not even moving flatwater but I guess that might be up for debate.

Take some lessons or find someone to take you under their wing. Maybe both. Old isn't a big deal but older and bigger (260#) is a tough combination for learning to roll and progressing in a kayak. Not impossible and athletic 260# can make a big difference. Most folks in your position in the western half of the US would buy a raft and row.
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Old 07-22-2013   #10
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Flat-water solo boating is often the only viable way to learn when you first start out. Not everyone has a group of kayaking buddies to go with you on the lake 5 times a week. I see absolutely no real danger there, if you have a PFD and aren't freakishly stupid or unlucky. I came away fine and with a solid roll; I'm only moderately stupid and unlucky, though.

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