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Family Weekend Canoe - Fall 2013

Sunday, Sept 30th 8am - 12noon
Enrollment is limited for each trip so early registration is encouraged. Sign up online or over the phone at 252-328-1560 to speak with the Assistant Director of Adventure.

Available Spots
Sunday Paddle - 17 spots taken, out of 18
Updated on: Tues, Sept., 11th, 2013

Meeting Time
8am (Sunday trip) at the rear of the Student Recreation Center (SRC), located off Ninth Street at Cotanche Street.  You may arrive up to 10 minutes early. The loading dock has direct access to the Adventure Center. You will be transported via 15 passenger van to the put-in access at Town Park.  Vehicles will return you to the SRC at the conclusion of the trip, around 12noon (Sunday trip). 

Departure from the SRC will be promptly 15 minutes after scheduled meeting time.  Due to the many activities this weekend we must try to maintain a somewhat rigid schedule.

Location & Directions/Maps
Directions to the Student Recreation Center click here.

For more details regarding the location of the paddle trip please click here for a link to a Google Map.

Who is Eligible

Students and their family members.

Interested individuals must pre-register for any of the 2 trips.   Sign up online

$15 per person for each trip. 

Accepted on a first come, first serve basis and full payment is necessary to reserve a place in the trips.  A minimum enrollment will also be necessary to offer the trips. Early registration is encouraged since this trip has filled quickly since 2009.
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What to Bring
At least one, preferably two, 1-Liter water bottle(s), snack, sunscreen, sandals with a heal strap, towel to dry off with, change of clothes, camera, and your smile!

How to Dress
Dress for getting wet, even though it’s unlikely you will get fully immersed.  Your feet will get wet and probably muddy.  There is some danger of stepping on glass or other sharp objects so fully protective footwear is required (old tennis or running shoes are perfect.).  If the day is sunny you may want to wear a hat.  Sunscreen is recommended.

What the Adventure Program Provides:
All canoes and sit-on-top kayaks, life jackets and paddles will be transported to and from the river for you.  All participants will be required to wear their life Jacket at all times while on the water. A first aid kit will be carried on the water. Transportation is provided in comfortable large vans.

The trip is led by qualified Adventure Program staff and possibly some staff-in-training.  A short safety briefing will be given prior to the trip, along with paddling instruction.  We may ask for written evaluations of the trip at the end in order to get feedback for improving the trip for next year.

Goals and Expectations for the Trip
This trip is intended to be an experience for family members to enjoy a beautiful river together.  Basic paddling techniques will be taught and coaching will occur on the water as needed or requested, but is not the first intention for the trip. 

The Tar River has only flat water, but the speed of the water may impact the difficulty of the paddling.  Heavy local rains can raise the river level which will offer a different experience than if the river were low.  Low flows are normal for this time of year, but higher flows may occur.  Extremely high flows may require cancellation of the trip for safety reasons.

Both Canoes and Sit-On-Top Kayaks (tandem) will be available.  We expect there to be two people in each canoe or tandem.  Reservations for boat types cannot be made but every attempt will be made to honor requests.  Due to the high number of participants enrolled we hope that people will be flexible and adaptable to the situation. 

Space and Limitations
There is limited space on each of the trips (20 seats maximum). All participants must be comfortable on the water and wear a life jacket.

Emergency & Information Contact
Adventure Center: 252-328-1577, Brad Beggs, Assistant Director for Adventure Programs or e-mail adventure@ecu.edu .

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Smiles all around after paddling Contentnea Creek
Enjoying the summer heat on the Tar River
Family Canoe
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