Beginner Coaching

Beginner Coaching

Our beginner classes start off with an introduction to the gear, outfitting, and types of kayaks in the whitewater world. Then we move on to the lake and learn the strokes, posture, and balance control you will need. Once you are comfortable in your boat and we paddle...

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Rolling

Rolling

Whether you are learning your first roll or working out some kinks we are experts at teaching great roll technique. We’ll be sure to get you started off on the right track. If you are a beginner we will teach you the roll most suited for your style of paddling. If you...

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Intermediate Coaching

Intermediate Coaching

Intermediate paddlers are boaters that have a solid on-side roll and can competently navigate Class III whitewater. Many folks at this level want to perfect a certain skill or need guidance on the Ocoee. Perhaps, you desire to dial in your freestyle kayaking. Perhaps...

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Advanced Coaching

Advanced Coaching

Advanced coaching is almost always 1:1. Students typically desire to learn specific techniques of freestyle and creek boating such as cartwheels or boofing. Your goal may be to paddle the Gauley, Cheoah, Tallulah, or Green and you need our coaches to show you the most...

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Creek Boating

Creek Boating

Why do kayakers enjoy creek boating? It may be the thrill of kayaking over waterfalls, or perhaps it is the adventure of paddling through beautiful, deep canyons. To some, it is the challenge of kayaking Class IV-V whitewater. To most creek boaters though, it is a...

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Our Instructors:

Joseph (Joe) Gudger

Joseph (Joe) Gudger

Kayaking and the lifestyle that accompanies it have led me to see some of the most inspirational places and to meet some of the most inspirational...

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Joshua Huber

Joshua Huber

I still remember my first ever lesson with ACE. At 10 years old, Jeff, Joe, and Emily...

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Lucien Scott

Lucien Scott

I’m a whitewater paddling enthusiast living in Chattanooga, Tennessee with a deep passion for exploration and the pursuit of happiness. I...

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Brandon Beaty

Brandon Beaty

I didn’t start Kayaking until my late 20’s. I spent my first year of kayaking mostly swimming my way down the Hiwassee before deciding I needed some help. That help came from Jeff West at Ace Kayaking

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Jen Maxwell

Jen Maxwell

I LOVE Kayaking! I remember the first time I was in a boat, I got flipped upside down to “wet exit” and came up with a huge smile. I knew it was...

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Morgan Cox

Morgan Cox

Morgan has been a member of the ACE team for six years. Her love of whitewater started as a kid while taking summer family trips to raft on the...

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Jake Trotter

Jake Trotter

I started working on the Ocoee in 2009 as a raft guide and that is when I found my true passion for whitewater. I grew up interacting with water and learned early on to appreciate it. Fishing and tubing on the creek behind my house and the Hiwassee River with my family

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Kirk Eddlemon

Kirk Eddlemon

My dad cultivated a deep respect and appreciation in me for wild places and adventure when I was just a boy, where we spent lots of time exploring the mountains and rivers of the world. In 2000 I started paddling whitewater regularly with a core group of like-minded friends. I’ve been a hopeless river-soul ever since

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