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20 July 2005

Preregister for this Aug. 27th Program on the Essentials of River Safety

Paddling Clinic

Paddling can can be fun -- when you know how to handle yourself safely in the water.

By Randy Wilson
News Bureau

Have you ever wanted to learn the secrets of safe paddling from the experts? Jacksonville State University and Little River Canyon Field School, in conjunction with The American Canoe Association, is sponsoring a clinic, Essentials of River Safety Paddling. The day of fun begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, August 27 at the Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center.

The program is geared to teach the beginner/novice paddler the skills needed for a safe trip in canoes or kayaks. Local paddling professionals such as Fred Couch, ACA's Gordon Black, and JSU's Dr. Jimmy Griffin have designed this hands-on and in-the-water workshop to increase knowledge and safety on waterways.

Learning stations will be created along Terrapin Creek with the help of canoe clubs based in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. At the stations, participants will be taught safety, rescue drills, and the basic "how to" of paddling.

Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center, Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, and JSU Field Schools are hosting this event. The event will will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and preregistration is required.

The cost is $50 per person, which includes kayak rentals and equipment, or $35 per person if a participant wants to use their own equipment. A personal floatation device is required if you chose this option.

For more information or to pre-register, call Renee Morrison at 256/782-5697 or e-mail her at


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