It is a paddling pool party on Tuesday nights from 7:30 – 9:00 P.M.!
Freedom Hall Pool
1320 Pactolas Rd
Johnson City, TN 37604
Come join the J.A.W. , Mahoney’s Outfitters, some APE’s, and other paddlers from around our region at the Freedom Hall Pool for tips & tricks about basic kayaking skills and learning how to roll.
Already mastered the basics and have a bomb proof roll? There is still a lot of fun to be had at our pool session by practicing your flat-water freestyle moves and fellowshipping with other paddlers in a nice warm water environment.
Admission to the pool is $2, rolling advice is free! Contact the office of the pool for session confirmation or questions regarding the facility. (423) 461-4872
Please note: The J.A.W. does provide the current fleet of boats for demo at the pool session, but neither the pool nor the J.A.W. provides paddling equipment (Paddle, Spray Skirt, etc…) for these sessions. If you are just starting out in the sport and do not yet have your own equipment, please post a message on the APEs yahoo group site or contact me with this link:
We will try our best to get you outfitted for the night! Also feel free to contact me for any other questions or comments you may have with the above link.
I hope to see you at the pool!
Wesley R. Bradley – Tri-Cities World Kayak Ambassador
It is a paddling pool party on Thursday nights from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M.!
Kingsport Aquatic Center
1820 Meadowview Parkway
Kingsport, TN 37660
Contact the Aquatic Center for session confirmation or questions regarding the facility.
Cost: $3.00 per person
Come join the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts and other paddlers from around our region at the Kingsport Aquatic Center for tips & tricks about basic kayaking skills and learning how to roll.
During the summer, we will be in the outdoor pool, but in cases of rain, the center will partition off part of the indoor pool for us. During the winter, the center will have bulkheads installed in the indoor pool and we’ll have a section for our use. That indoor pool is huge!
Logistics for bringing in your boat and equipment are pretty simple. There is a gate to the outdoor pool and a door to the indoor pool. The gate/door will be opened during the initial rush of people right around 7:00 P.M. for 10 minutes or so. After the gate/door is closed, people can drop their boat & equipment off at the door, walk to the front desk to pay the $3.00 and someone will go open the gate/door for them.
We will also have occasional access to the lazy river to use for kayak practice in current! Stay tuned for announcements for these special events…
Please note: The Jackson Action Wagon will occasionally provide FREE kayak demos of the current fleet of boats at these pool sessions, but neither the pool nor the J.A.W. provides paddling equipment (Paddle, Spray Skirt, etc…) for these sessions. If you are just starting out in the sport and do not yet have your own equipment, please get in touch with the Event Sessions Contact to see if you can get some loaner gear for a session.
Event Sessions Contact:
George Mauger: 864-414-0296, email@example.com
Each year, Wise County coordinates a massive cleanup of the Guest River Gorge. Tim McAfee is the point of contact with respect to having paddlers participate with the clean up. It is a great way to provide community service, and it directly impacts the environmental quality of the gorge.
This year, the event is on April 17th. We meet at the put in for the Gorge, and usually spend 2-4 hours in gathering trash along the river banks, and eddies. Lunch is provided, and we have a free shuttle back to the parking lot.
Most of the time we get to Toilet Bowl rapid and get shuttled back up. Obviously, water levels could impact whether we can participate. But even at low flows, we can scrape down as far as Toilet Bowl.
One of the reasons that kayakers are needed is to assist in gathering trash along the right river bank, which is not accessible except by crossing the river.
Please make every effort to attend. Please invite anyone that might be willing to help.
Tim would like to know who is attending so he can advise the authorities.
Timothy W. McAfee