Class I (Easy). Small waves, just
enough to make you want more. Little manuevering is required.
Class II (Novice). The ride gets
more interesting and waves may be up to three feet high. Hopefully, you will
get a little wet!
Class III (Intermediate). It's
time to navigate larger waves, small falls, and/or rocks. Listen to your guide,
and you will have a fun ride. It's time to anchor your feet in tight, so you
won't fall out. Often, waves will crash into the boat, and you will be stopping
soon to bail the water out!
Class IV (Advanced). You will
only find these rapids on the Pigeon River or the extended trip on the French
Broad. For the more adventurous person, it's time to yell and enjoy. Turbulent
waves, a swift current, and rocks require guided navigation. Be ready to work
with your guide. A good soaking and excitement will be your reward.
Class V (Expert). This is
hardcore whitewater, and our rivers do not reach this intensity.
Class VI (Extreme). Only the
expert and a bit crazy go for these.
Rescue Techniqaues at gorp.away.com/gorp/activity/paddling/skills/
Basic Canoe Paddle Selection - length
Paddling Tips at RedtailPaddle.com
Canoe & Kayak Safety and Instruction CanoeAndkayaKstore.com
Canoeing at troop352.evansville.net
Canoeing Basics at www.bsa-troop34.org
How to Paddle in a Straight Line
last updated 24 May 2006