Greetings and welcome to Knoxville Kayak Clinic! Please allow me to introduce myself.
My name is Karen O'Hara and I am an American Canoe Association Certified L2 Coastal Kayak Instructor. I have followed my love of the sport with a great desire to share my passion and knowledge with you. I have been an avid kayaker for over 20 years, paddling on the east coast of SC for many years. After a move to TN and the experience of paddling the Tennessee River, I fell in love with the area. In 2012, I became a Level 1 ACA Certified Kayak Instructor and have taught many people since then. I have served on the Chota Canoe Club board as Conservation Chair, currently as Touring Chair, lead many trips and paddled with numerous paddling clubs in the Knoxville area. I also serve as a volunteer on the American Canoe Association Tennessee State Council and Regional Activities Council. In 2022, I became an L2 Certified Coastal Kayak Instructor and in 2023, I was endorsed as a Paddlesports Safety Facilitator. I have developed my own unique and effective teaching methods over the years, and I would love to help you develop the skills you need to enjoy this sport at your best level. Schedule your class or tour today. If you have questions please post tKayaking! I am happy to discuss anything related to kayaking!