Outdoor Classes (Held on Local Rivers)

Call 706.265.4500 (Dawsonville) for class scheduling and reservations.

Whitewater (North Georgia)
Private All Day Instruction

After at least one indoor class the next step is get on the river! You’ll start your day at 9:00 am at our store on GA 400 in Dawsonville. Once we size you with the correct gear we will go directly to Lake Lanier to work on wet exits, rolls, paddling strokes, and rescue techniques. After working up an appetite paddling we will break for lunch. Next we will travel to the Upper “Hooch” or an equivalent river. Paddling this section will take between 3-4 hours. We will break at surfing rapid for a snack and to practice surfing and rolls. We’ll return to the store at around 5:00 pm. Call ahead for scheduling and reservation.

$250 for 1 or 2 people (call for group rates)

Flatwater (North Georgia)
All Day River Class

We are now offering on the water training class for flat water and recreational kayaking. These classes will be taught on the Chestatee River near Dahlonega GA or Lake Lanier at Thompson creek Park in Dawsonville GA. These classes will focus on the basic techniques and skills required to fully enjoy the sport of flat water kayaking. We will be covering proper entry and exit of the boat from the shore and from the water, as well as proper forward, reverse sweep strokes, paddling forward and backward while maintaining a straight line, draw strokes, and edging of the kayak. Our ACA certified Instructor will also explain different techniques for navigating your way down the river, demonstrations on how to catch eddies, execute peel outs, ferries, and other basic water reading and navigation skills will be covered on the river. Other points covered will be things like hazard prevention, such as what to do when encountering deadfalls, small rapids, strainers and other obstacles.

$150 for 2 People
$200 for 3 to 4 People
Groups of 5 or More (Please Call for Pricing)

Indoor Classes

The Outside World is the first store in the world to offer an indoor pool with a simulated wave providing the comfort and security of being in a controlled environment. We offer classes with or without current. So whether you’re just starting or looking to take your boating to the next level, drop us a line. 


 “The Wave?”

“The Wave” is a simulated river feature in our exclusive indoor play pool at The Outside World. It’s an excellent device for teaching beginner and intermediate technique, testing new boats or just having fun without all the preparation one might need for a river trip. Wave Pool use without instruction is $40 per hour with a maximum of three people. Must be 18 years of age or have parent or guardian present. Helmets and PFD required. Wetsuits available for rent if water feels too cool.

Call 706.265.4500 (Dawsonville)  for class scheduling and reservations.

Indoor Classes (Dawsonville)

All Classes $50/hour

Strokes Class

This is our most basic class in the pool. The strokes class focuses on proper paddling techniques.

The strokes class covers the most basic strokes, which include the forward stroke, sweep stroke,

draw stoke, ruddering, and braces. 

Roll Class

 This class is designed to be an introductory class to learn a basic roll. The class will go over the

mechanics of a roll. The C to C roll is the preferred first roll to learn. We also go over the wet exit,

hip snaps, and much more!

Maneuvering in Current I

This class will focus on basic techniques used to maneuver your boat in current. Participants will

learn to use the power of currents to their advantage and make them more sound paddlers. 


Advanced Roll Class

The advanced roll class is used to improve a paddler’s roll, learn a new methods, and practice in current.

These are great for the student who wants to obtain a stronger roll! In Advanced Rolling, we teach the

c to c roll, sweep roll, backdeck roll, and hand roll. 


Advanced Strokes Class

The advanced strokes class serves to perfect techniques learned in previous classes and to learn more

advanced strokes. Some strokes taught in this class include the duffek stroke, sculling draws, sculling

braces, and the slip stream draw.


Maneuvering in Current II

This course will push you to hone your maneuvering skills with a combination of the advanced strokes

previously learned from other classes. Designed to make you comfortable and efficient in current, this

class teaches advanced techniques such as stern squirts, enders, and surfing.