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3 August 2006

Second Annual River Safety Paddle Clinic

Dear Paddling Friends and Field School Supporters,


Most of you either participated in last year’s Essentials Clinic or have paddled with us on a fun float.  You have expressed your satisfaction with the quality of our programs.  As our valued supporters, we are asking you to please help promote our upcoming event: Essentials of River Safety.  Last year this program was attended by over 80 folks and received national recognition.  At this time, we still have several participation spaces to fill.  This is a great opportunity (and fun, too) for team building, celebrating friendships, and enjoying the natural beauty of Terrapin Creek.


We don’t want you or your friends to miss this excellent opportunity to improve your paddling and safety skills.  Sign up ASAP!  


Thank you for your support!


Essentials of River Safety Paddle Clinic

August 19, 2006

Learn the secrets of safe paddling from the experts!


The Second Annual Paddling Clinic will be presented on August 19, 2006 at the Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center which is located on Alabama Highway 9 between Piedmont and Centre. The object of this event is to promote paddling and river safety for all levels of participant.  This event will feature hands-on paddling safety instruction, proper use of personal floatation devices, how to read the river that you are exploring and much more. Workshop participants will receive valuable knowledge, skills, packages including coupons for future clinics and a certificate of completion.


This American Canoe Association (ACA) sanctioned event is geared to teach beginner/novice paddlers the skills needed for a safe paddling trip in canoes or kayaks.  Our first annual event received commendation from ACA for spectacular participation with over 80 folks attending and a 100% participant safety record.


Professional Guidance

Paddling professionals, such as Gordon Black, JSU’s Dr. Jimmy Griffin, and Fred Couch, have designed this hands-on workshop to increase knowledge and safety on our waterways.

Hands-On Experience

Learning stations will be set up along Terrapin Creek (with the help of  Alabama, Florida, Georgia & Tennessee canoe clubs) where participants will be taught safety, rescue drills, and the basic "how to" of paddling by ACA Certified Instructors.


This event is hosted by Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center, promoted by the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce, sanctioned by the American Canoe Association, supported by the Anniston Outdoor Association and organized through Jacksonville State University Field Schools.

When & Where

Saturday, August 19, 2006   
(Rain date: August 26, 2006)
Terrapin Creek Outdoor Center (
8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
(Lunch break on site around noon)
$50/person (includes ALL equipment) 

 Lunch & drinks will be sold on site by the Ellisville Volunteer Fire Department.


Space is limited…so register SOON!

To pre-register call Renee Morrison at 256-782-5697 or email


Would you like to volunteer?

Contact Gordon Black at 205-999-3459 or


A FREE* ACA certification class is being held on August 16th -17th and a

recertification workshop on August 18th.

*The usual ACA fee of $250 will be waived (by instructor) for this certification class if participants

volunteer to assist with the August 19th Paddle Clinic. For more information contact Gordon Black.


Interested in sponsoring a learning station or making a donation?

Contact our sponsorship coordinator, Fred Couch, at 256-831-4628 or



See Paddling Clinic brochure.

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