Palmetto Paddlers offers clinic and training opportunities throughout the year. Be sure to check our calendar for listings, training/equipment requirements, and registration info. The club offers a monetary incentive to qualified instructors who wish to conduct training and clinics. As an Affiliate Club with the American Canoe Association, we can also offer insurance coverage for qualifying, water-related events. Read more about our Safety and Training Incentive Program. We encourage all boaters, regardless of skill level, to seek out and maintain training practices in regards to safety and personal development. Please review the Safety Code of American Whitewater.

Paddling Clinics

These clinics are designed for beginner to advanced boaters, both flat water and white water. Instruction includes how to choose the right equipment for your preferred paddling interest, proper stroke techniques for paddling and maneuvering paddle craft on a diverse range of water types. In addition to proper paddling techniques, participants will gain the knowledge in areas such as proper paddling attire, trip planning, ethics, and general safety practices; aka developing “river sense”.

Rescue and Self-Rescue

An important part of any water sport is possessing the knowledge and training to perform rescues of fellow boaters in distress, and yourself. These clinics are designed for everyone, from beginner to advanced boaters. Instruction includes water appropriate rescue equipment to bring on trips, and how to use it; performing wet exits; re-entry into an overturned craft; how to safely manage a swamped boat; rolling; and swift water rescue techniques.


Personal preparedness is vital to increasing fun and enjoyment of paddle sports. Unfortunately, bad things happen with even the most careful planning. Having the necessary skills to aid in an injury or life-saving event is one of the most crucial components of preparedness. These clinics will focus on the unique skills necessary in our dynamic environment and setting.


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