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Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

   Protecting clean water and free-flowing rivers in TN since 1966.

Become a Certified Instructor through TSRA Scholarship Program

The need and positive side effects of wanting to enjoy the outdoors is resulting in a major growth within the paddling community. Because of this, TSRA, as well as other organizations and paddling clubs, have seen the need to grow their paddling safety and education outreach. Over the past few years, TSRA has offered scholarships to candidates who would like to become ACA certified kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboard or swift water rescue instructors.

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association thrives on safety first, and with water safety and education, the fun always follows. If you may be interested in becoming a certified ACA instructor, for Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, please contact Jessie Finamore at

  • Thursday, July 01, 2021 2:59 PM | Anonymous

    ACA L2 River Kayaking Instructor Course Scholarship August 9th-11th or August 13th-15th, 2021

    TSRA is offering a scholarship, in the amount of $200, to an upcoming River Kayaking certification course. To apply for the scholarship, please contact no later than July 15th, 2021.

    So, what is this class all about? Do you want to learn how to teach others to safely and enjoyably kayak on gentle rivers?  Would you like to have the ability to proficiently demonstrate paddling skills and perform rescues efficiently and effectively, in moving water? The ACA River Kayaking Instructor Course (Level 2) will help you demonstrate leadership, group management skills, organization, experience and judgment necessary to be a safe, effective instructor.

    Date: August 9th – 11th or August 13th – 15th, 2021
    Location: Parksville Lake & Lower Hiwassee River, Reliance, TN
    Instructors: ACA IT Dave Kessman

    Course Prerequisites 

    ·        Age 18+

    ·        Good overall health and fitness

    ·        Comfortable in moving waters

    ·        Proficient in self-rescue skills

    ·        Must be a current TSRA and ACA member

    What is this scholarship all about? TSRA is offering one scholarship, in the amount of $200. To apply for the scholarship, please contact Jessie Finamore at no later than Thursday, July 15th, 2021.

    Scholarship Requirements and Additional Considerations:

    ·        Each year that your ACA Kayaking certification lasts (which is four years), scholarship recipients must be available and agree to help TSRA by teaching and or chairing 2 TSRA Recreational Kayaking classes per year 

    ·        Applicant must be a current TSRA and ACA member prior to being awarded a scholarship and also maintain both memberships throughout the four years of certification.

    ·        Food, lodging and transportation are the responsibility of each instructor candidate.

    ·        Upon certification, instructors will be responsible for $35 annual SEIC dues.

    ·        Certified instructors will need current CPR and First Aid certification, but this can be completed after the ACA certification is earned.

    ·        TSRA plans to offer future CPR/First Aid training for a nominal fee. Date(s) are to be determined.



Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, #58-1746179.

P.O. Box 159041 Nashville, Tennessee 37215-9041

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