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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 14 (Saturday)
KAYAKING
Harpeth River, TN
Cost:  $33

 
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 19 (Saturday)
WHITEWATER KAYAKING
Hiwassee River, TN
 Cost:  $73

Sign-up by: Friday, July 11
> Bring $45 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 7/15 at 5:00 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:  Wed. July 9 or Wed. July 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.

E-mail outdorrec@vanderbilt.edu to sign up for a workshop.

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August 2  (Saturday)
KAYAKING
Piney River, TN 
Cost: $42

Sign-up by:  Friday, July 25
> Bring $17 cash, check, credit card or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, July 29 at 5:00 pm 
 

The Piney River is only a little over an hour away, west of Nashville.  We will paddle a scenic 6.6 mile section of this Class I river.  Highlights include rock walls, spectacular bluffs, and typically clear water.   This is a great trip for beginner paddlers.  All equipment is included in the trip fee.   Estimated trip duration:  8 am – 6 pm.
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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.

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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Sign-up by: Monday, June 9
> Bring $13 cash, check or Vanderbilt Card to the ORC to register.

Pre-Trip Meeting:  Tuesday, 6/10 at 5:00 pm