The Chattahoochee River is a steady cold temperature year round, whose chill is only worsened by colder, windy weather.

All new members, regardless of experience, are required to wear a PFD while paddling on the river until they pass a swim test. For new members who do not have experience, even if they have passed the swim test, a PFD is recommended for distance paddles until balance in a trainer kayak is mastered.

GTKayak will not paddle if the outdoor temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit or if there is any sign or forecast of thunder.