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Kayaking

Kayaking trips utilize touring kayaks for one person to paddle, generally down a river or around a lake. We offer day trips on Class I rivers. These are easy-flowing rivers, and great trips for those who have never paddled a kayak before.  Participants must know how to swim.
We also offer a whitewater kayak trip, to Class II – III rivers. For whitewater, participants should know how to roll their kayak, at least in the pool. Kayak roll workshops are offered weekly at the Rec. Center pool. Our trips are designed for a group of 10-12 people. Each trip is led by Outdoor Rec. Trip Coordinators who are experienced in kayaking. Included in the trip price is the kayaking equipment, complete with kayaks, paddles, lifejackets, and other accessories. Participants must know how to swim.

Upcoming Trips

JUNE 20 (Saturday)
KAYAKING
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  $38

Sign-up by: 11:59 pm on Monday, June 15

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
2.  Sorry, this trip is CANCELLED!
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $38 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting: Tuesday, 6/16 at 6:00 pm

This is a great trip on the nearby Harpeth River.  We will paddle a beautiful 6.4-mile stretch from Kingston Springs to the Gossett Track.   This trip is designed specifically for the beginner kayaker.  The Harpeth River is a gentle, State Scenic River, and kayaking is a great opportunity to paddle your own boat.  We will use our touring kayaks.  All equipment is included in the trip fee.  Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 3 pm.

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JULY 25 (Saturday)
KAYAKING
Duck River, TN
Cost:  $46

Sign-up by: Friday, July 17

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $46 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 7/21 at 5:00 pm

The Duck River is a nice river with wooded banks and large, beautiful rock bluffs.   We will paddle an 8.5- mile stretch of the river, from the Normandy Dam to the 3 Forks Bridge, east of Shelbyville.   Beginners are welcome on this Class I river.  We may see . . . ducks!   Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 6 pm.
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AUGUST 1 (Saturday)
WHITEWATER KAYAKING
Hiwassee River, TN
Cost:  $79
Sign-up by: Friday, July 24
 

TO SIGN UP:
1. You must be part of VU and have an @vanderbilt.edu email address.
3.  You are not officially signed up until you PAY at the VRWC (Vanderbilt Recreation & Wellness Center).   You must do this within 2 business days of signing up.  Bring $79 cash, check, credit card, debit card, or Vanderbilt Card to the Office of Campus Recreation on the 2nd floor of the VRWC.  Hours:  8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday – Friday. 

 

 

 

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 7/28 at 6:00 pm

This trip is designed for kayakers who have mastered the roll in the pool and are ready to try moving water and rapids.  The 5.5 mile stretch of river is fun for both the beginner and experienced paddlers.   If you have never rolled a kayak before, be sure to take a workshop before this trip.  Note:  this trip is limited to the first 6 people who sign up.  Estimated trip duration:  7 am – 11 pm.

 

Note: There will be two pool sessions available to participants of this trip to work with kayak instructors on your roll prior to the trip.  Participation in at least one of these sessions is mandatory:  Tues. July 21 or Tues. July 28 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
Go to www.vanderbilt.edu/outrec and click on the Kayak Classes page to sign up for a Kayak Class on-line.

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Trip Information

Most trips are designed for a small group of people (10-12), and many of the trips require no previous experience. The fee for each trip covers the activity, transportation, in-camp food, camping fees, and group equipment. For more information, look for flyers around campus or stop by the Outdoor Recreation Center (at 2600 Children’s Way and behind the new Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center) during rental hours. This is also where trip sign-up takes place. Trips are open to all VU students, faculty, staff, and VRWC members. Alcohol is not permitted on any trip.

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