Family Weekend Canoe - Fall 2015

Friday, Sept 25th, 2pm - 6pm
Sat, Sept 26th, Time TBA
Sun, Sept 27th, 9am - 1pm

Enrollment is limited for each trip so early registration is encouraged.

Enrollment begins August 1.

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Meeting Time
3pm for the Friday trip
TBA for Saturday (game dependant)  
9am for Sunday trip 
Arrive 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.

To see where you will paddle, check out our custom Google Map.
Who is Eligible 
Students and their family members.

Interested individuals must pre-register.   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 trips have 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.

What to Expect on 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.

Large inflatable rafts (able to hold 6 people),  canoes (2 people) and Sit-On-Top (SOT) Kayaks (2 people) will be available.  We expect there to be two people in each canoe or tandem. Rafts are available if a family member is nervous about paddling in a canoe or SOT.

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 (18 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 .

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*time subject to change based on game schedule

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