What is the Difference Between a Canoe and a Kayak?
A canoe is paddled with a single blade paddle, and the boat is open, with a paddler kneeling or sitting. Kayaks use a two-handled paddle and there is a choice of sit in or sit on kayaks. Sit in kayaks, the paddler is inside a cockpit. Sit on kayaks have the paddler sitting on top of the kayak more open to the elements. All of our single kayaks are sit-on-top kayaks.
Do you rent two-person kayaks?
Yes, we rent tandem kayaks. These are great for floaters traveling with small children. This is a great way to introduce your children to kayaking.
What should I wear?
When it comes to kayaking, it is best to be prepared for the elements. In the summertime, wear clothes and shoes that are okay getting wet. Also having hats or visors and lightweight clothing to protect you from the sun. In cooler temperatures, layering up with thin clothes and bringing a waterproof jacket will be great.
What Should I Bring?
When you head out on a kayaking trip, there are some essentials you need to bring: bottled water, sunscreen, bug spray, easily-sealed bags, dry bags or cases for phones, cameras and other personal items, light snacks or picnic lunch and a hat or visor. You should also bring a towel and change of clothing for use when you return from your float.
Will I get wet?
It is highly likely you will get wet when kayaking, even if you don't take a tumble into the water! Your feet will get wet when launching your boat.
Is it Safe for Children?
Yes, kayaking is safe for children of all ages. Children under the age of 8 years old should share a tandem kayak or canoe with an adult. After 8 years of age, children can begin paddling in a tandem's front seat to learn basic skills prior to being in a single kayak alone.
Do you allow dogs?
Yes, we do allow dogs. Your dog must be on a leash at all times, at our shop location and at river locations. We advise you have a life jacket for your dog. If you do not, we have various sizes of dog life jackets for your use. Be sure to have clean drinking water available for your dog on very hot days.
When is the last drop off to the river?
We take our last customers to the river no later than 12:30 pm daily. Please see the details on each float for more information.
What information will you provide prior to my float?
We provide instruction to all guests prior to going to the river. This instruction will detail river safety, how to avoid hazards on the river, being aware of private property while floating, TWRA rules and regulations for floating, the route you will be taking and where will be picked up at the end of your float. We also provide hands-on training and instruction for first time floaters. We also provide details on when you can be picked up from your landing spot. Our last river pick up is 5:30 pm.
Do I need experience?
You don't need any experience to get started kayaking. We will provide hands-on training and instruction for a safe, fun, first float.
Do I need to be in shape?
Kayaking is a sport and does involve exercise, but you can take it up whether you are in great shape or not. Nevertheless, the more you kayak, you are sure to get into better shape, which will lead to longer sessions on the water.
Will I capsize? And what do I do?
It is infrequent that kayaks capsize, but when it does it is often due to people acting inappropriately or a sudden or uneven distribution of weight. Avoiding limbs and obstacles in the water as well as overhanging branches will help to avoid flipping. If you do flip your kayak, get your kayak and your gear to the nearest gravel bar or bank and get back in. We highly recommend keeping your personal valuables safe when kayaking.
Do you allow alcohol on the river?
State Law does allow floaters to consume alcohol while on the river. Alcohol should not be consumed while on land or river banks. We recommend if you drink, drink in moderation and have a designated driver. If you drink, drink responsibly and be respectful of others while at FAB and on the river.
How Do I prepare to Float and Camp?
Our campsite sits on the Duck River with beautiful views. Currently, we offer primitive camping for tent or hammock camping. We have fire pits and park style grills at our site.
Once you have booked your float and camp, you arrive at our Normandy location at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled float. We will take you and your gear with an SUV or truck (small vehicles are not recommended on the campsite) so you can set up camp and prepare for your overnight stay. Once you have set up camp or when you are ready to float, we will pick you up from the campsite and take you to the launch site. Then the day is yours! Land at the campsite at your leisure and prepare for a night under the stars!
At FAB, your safety is our first priority. Prior to putting our customers on the river, we check the Normandy Dam water release schedule and data. We use the TVA Lake Info app which provides detailed information about the current condition of the river.
We look at the average discharge which is subject to change without warning. Of note, we STOP floating customers when the average discharge reaches 400 cfs (cubic feet per second). When an excessive amount of water is discharged into the river and the river is elevated, hazards such as trees, shrubs and branches become concealed. In addition, normal landing spots (gravel bars and islands) are under water. A tree limb, trunk or branch becomes larger with every piece of debris that accumulates with it and even more hazardous. If the rate of flow (cubic feet per second - cfs) is above 500, the current can become unpredictable making it easier to flip and most recreational kayaks are not built to handle the increased rate of flow. A kayaker on swift water without a safe place to land is not a good situation!
If you choose to float the Duck River using your own kayaks, you must always check river conditions prior to floating. You can use our gauge of floating the Duck below 400!
You can download the "TVA Lake Info"" app or you can visit
https://www.tva.com/environment/lake-levels and search NORMANDY
Please do not take chances on swift, elevated rivers!!
In the event of significant storms/lightning that will last more than a few hours or elevated release from Normandy Dam, FAB may need to close and cancel floating. We will post on our Facebook Page as soon as we make that determination. In the event we cancel your float, this is what you can expect to happen:
Guests will receive a full refund if at least 48 hours advanced notice is provided. We recommend sending an email to email@example.com as the best method for cancellation. Guests may also contact us by phone as well as text and leave detailed information with reservation name, date of reservation and the need to cancel. We recommend contacting us as soon as you know you need to change or cancel your reservation to receive a refund. Processed refunds could take up to 10 business days to be reflected to your account.
As we do understand plans change and life happens, FAB will issue gift cards to guests on the day of their float if they no longer need all the resources they have reserved or in the event of illness or emergency.
No-shows without cancellation or notification to FAB will be charged the full price.
We would like to thank every medical professional who has worked tirelessly to help our communities and our country as we continue to battle the COVID-19 Pandemic.
We are happy to provide a 15% discount to emergency first responders (police, fire and paramedic) as well as healthcare professionals. We are so thankful for your dedication and service.
We would like to thank every military member and military veteran who have dedicated their lives to protect our country and our freedom.
We are happy to provide a 15% discount to active duty, veterans, military spouses and family of active duty members. We are so thankful for your dedication and service.
We are happy to provide discounts for large groups to include neighborhoods, gyms, churches, schools, scouts, reunions, and large families.
We require a minimum of 20 participants to offer the large group discount, but we advise if you do not have this number, to contact us to see what we can do for you.