Kayak Trips & Training

Festive Water has partnered with our friends at Kayak Trips & Training for kayak trips on southern waterways and ACA certified kayaking classes in the metro Atlanta and North Georgia area.

Kayak Trips & Training's guided trips and classes are perfect for anyone who is interested in learning how to kayak, improving their skills, exploring new lakes and rivers, or simply meeting other paddlers who share our passion for the water.

No boat? No problem, we have them. All necessary equipment is part of our packages.

There is no age limit in this sport.  People are kayaking across the country and around the world from age 4 to 100!


Kayak Trips & Training offers classes taught by American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructors with an emphasis on having fun while staying safe. Their sessions are not in a classroom but are taught under the trees and on the river in your own personal floating workstation (a kayak, of course).


Class location varies per individual event, but usually stay in the metro Atlanta area and North Georgia suburbs. Please check the individual event for locations and additional details.

  • ACA Level 1 - Introduction to Kayaking - Flat Water
  • ACA Level 2 - Essentials of River Kayaking
  • Rescue for Recreational Boaters
  • Private Lessons (contact us to discuss options)
Guided Trips

Kayak Trips & Training also guide fun adventure trips on southern waterways.  All trips are led by certified guides. Their trips are special. You will be treated like family while you are with them.

  • Okefenokee guided trips, including platform camping options
  • Manatee viewing trips to Florida
  • Day trips on various local rivers around Georgia
  • Overnight trips around the Southeast
  • Corporate outings tailored to your needs
  • Birthday parties, wedding ceremonies, customized personal trips, and more. (Contact us directly to discuss your needs and options.)

Your Guides / Instructors

Dustin Miller

Dustin is a Level 2 ACA certified instructor. In June 2023 he left a 25-year career in civil engineering to follow his dreams and turn KayakTripsAndTraining into a father/son adventure.

John "River Papa" Miller 

John has been a Level 2 ACA instructor since 2007. He is trained in swift-water rescue and wilderness first aid. He has taught more than 5,000 students to kayak and more new students per year than any other ACA instructor in the Southeast for several years in a row.

Clint Miller

Clint started paddling with John over a decade ago, after taking one of John's Essentials of River Kayaking classes, and his passion for kayaking and helping others has made him an invaluable part of growing KayakTripAndTraining over the years. He is a retired Fire Chief with many years of advanced safety training, and an avid white water paddler. Clint is well known for his willingness to teach and guide beginning paddlers any where he goes.