Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

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

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, May 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Pinewood Canoe and Camp
    • 25

    Our May recreational kayak classes, Intro to Kayak Fishing, Intro to Kayaking and Intro to Rivers, have also been postponed. The instructors are making plans to reschedule and we will post dates when they are available.

    Intro to Rivers will introduce participants to the paddling skills and safety considerations necessary for safely navigating Class I rivers common to Middle Tennessee recreational boaters.

    In this 8 hr class, you will be introduced to essentials of river kayaking. Following classroom discussions of river features, safety considerations and equipment, the class will move to the water to develop key skills including basic strokes, maneuvers, self and assisted rescue and river/current reading in a moving water (up to Class 1) environment. You can review a course outline here.

    This should NOT be your first time in a boat on the water. Taking an introduction to kayaking course is recommended. This course is designed for adults and children 12 and older.

    There must be a parent or guardian present with each child under the age of 15 at all times, unless otherwise agreed upon through conversation with instructor.

    You must provide your own kayak and equipment! Students who don't own a kayak will need to reserve and pay for their own kayak rental. Onsite rentals are available through Pinewood Canoe and Camp and can be arranged by calling the number below. Class fees do not include rental fees nor river access and shuttle fees ($10.00 in 2019). Those fees must be paid by each individual on site the day of the class.

    If you have questions about this class or about boats or other equipment, please contact Mike Tossing.

    You will be responsible for arranging and returning rental kayaks and gear to Pinewood.

       Gear (*required):

    •*Kayak

    •*PFD - Class III rated 

    •*Paddle 

    •Helmet (optional)

    •Skirt for kayak (optional)

    •*River shoes - no flip flops

    •*Water wear - swimsuit, sunguard, etc. 

    •* NO COTTON CLOTHING

    •Sunscreen 

    •*Lunch 

    •*Plenty of water

    •Dry bag

    Meet at Pinewood Canoe & Camp
    2011 Cash Hollow Road
    Nunnelly, TN 37137

    (931) 729-1042

    (Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with more detailed driving directions.)


    • Saturday, June 06, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Jefferson Springs Recreation Area, Smyrna TN
    • 30

    Our May, June and July TSRA event organizers are closely following ACA and CDC’s recommendations as well as state and county regulations. Decisions will be made accordingly as to whether or not to hold events so watch our website for any changes to the schedule. Please read this letter from the President.

    Here is your chance to take a 1-day course to introduce the fun world of kayaking. The course will be held on a flat protected body of water so that students can learn new paddling skills in a safe and calm environment.  Past students say they came away with a new sense of confidence (kayaks are not so tippy!), an understanding of how to choose the right boat when shopping for themselves, and a set of skills to make paddling a fun, safe, healthy activity that they can use to explore Tennessee’s beautiful lakes and rivers.

    Upon course completion students will have gained a sense of stability in a kayak, know how to paddle correctly for control, and know how to conduct a safe experience for themselves and their paddle mates (introductory rescue/recovery training is included).

    TSRA courses are taught by American Canoe Association (ACA) Certified Instructors and use the official ACA Course Curriculum.  Class section size is restricted so that each instructor can focus on individual learning to meet student needs. All minors must be accompanied by an adult student. If a child can paddle his or her own boat and can swim independently then they need these skills and are welcome to join us.

    If you have further questions about the Intro to Paddling class please direct them to Ginger Royster

    Students Provide:

    (Kayaks are available for rent for the class*)

    • Kayak, paddle and life jacket  (recommend 9' to 12' kayak)
    • Lunch, Water Bottle, Snacks
    • Proper Attire –  poly/synthetic, nylon, hat, rain jacket, water shoes
    • A great attitude!

     

    Optional Add-on:
            Kayak Rental                               $25
            (includes paddle and life jacket)
            Courtesy of Beyond the Banks Kayak Rentals



    • Saturday, June 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, June 14, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Cook Day Use Area -Percy Priest Lake / Harpeth River
    • 12

    CANCELED 

    Please check the calendar for upcoming classes.


    Rescue for Rec Boaters is an entry-level safety and rescue class for kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddlers who plan on paddling flat water lakes and slow moving rivers such as the Caney Fork, Cumberland, Harpeth, Piney or Stones Rivers. It is not intended for paddlers who plan to paddle Class II or higher whitewater rivers such as Clear Creek, the Hiwassee, Ocoee, Nantahala or Tuckaseegee rivers. For these rivers, please attend TSRA's Basic River Rescue or Swiftwater Rescue. This is not a paddling class; if you do not have basic paddling skills, please first attend Intro to Kayaking  or Intro to Rivers.

    Photo courtesy of Chris Funk, Jackson Kayak

    Requirements: Basic swimming and paddling ability

    Required Equipment:•    boat/paddle craft•    paddle•    PFD (life jacket)•    whistle•    clothing suitable for swimming•    closed-toed footwear that will not come off while swimming and will protect your feet when walking in water and on rocks. (Old sneakers work great.)

    Recommended Equipment:•    boat flotation bags•    paddle float•    bilge pump or bailer•    helmet (optional)•    waist-belt tow rope (lakes)•    throw rope (50' of 3/8” rope in a throw bag) (rivers)

    River Day Location: Harpeth River Golf Range, Morton Mill Rd.

    Lake Day Location: Cook Day Use Area, Percy Priest Lake

    12230 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville TN

    Class starts at 8:30 a.m. Class will end promptly at 5 p.m.

    We will go out to eat at a local restaurant after class for anyone interested.

    For questions, please contact Katherine Fulk or Ginger Royster.

    This course offers two separate days of instruction, one day on a river and one day on a lake. Both days are being offered twice this year. Lake day will consist of 2-3 hours of classroom / dry land time, and 4-5 hours of in-water time practicing boat-based flat water rescues at the Cook Day Use Area on J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, TN. River day will also have 2-3 hours of classroom / dry land time and 4-5 hours of time on a slow moving river. Water levels permitting, we will be on the Harpeth River for river day.
    Your instructors will be ACA (American Canoe Association) certified Swiftwater Rescue or River Kayaking Instructors. The class will contain videos, lectures, group discussions, demonstrations and lots of actual hands-on practice where you will learn how to rescue yourself, how to rescue someone else, how to be rescued by someone else...and how to avoid problems in the first place! 

    *Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian and if both can swim and paddle independently.


    • Friday, June 26, 2020
    • 4:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, June 28, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hiwassee / Ocoee Scenic River State Park, 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, Tennessee

    Our May, June and July TSRA event organizers are closely following ACA and CDC’s recommendations as well as state and county regulations. Decisions will be made accordingly as to whether or not to hold events so watch our website for any changes to the schedule. Please read this letter from the President.


    The 50th Annual Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School will be held June 26-28, 2020 at the Hiwassee / Ocoee Scenic River State Park located at 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano, Tennessee on the Hiwassee River.

     State Park Website | Brochure

    Registration cost will include two days of instruction and two nights camping in the overflow camp field. Each site has a table, fire ring and a grill. Public water and a bathhouse containing sinks, commodes, and hot showers are located near the camp field. Also, included in the cost is a hearty meal Saturday evening.

    This school is for beginner whitewater canoe and kayak paddlers up to advanced paddlers ages 12 and up. Instructional opportunities will include on and off-river lessons covering orientation and logistics; terminology and river signals; stroke work, self and assisted rescue; fundamentals of river features; whitewater practice such as eddy turns, ferries and surfing; assessing current environmental conditions; and paddling group dynamics. On-water instruction is based on skill level.

    Classes may begin on Parksville Lake to work on self and assisted rescue techniques and advance to the Hiwassee River or the Ocoee River. Our registration form will request information about paddling skill to help our instructors organize classes. Our main goal is to provide participants with quality skill-level based instruction on all the tools to have fun and be safe on the water! This is a fun filled, educational weekend for family and friends and is a unique occasion to learn new skills from certified instructors and to meet experienced paddlers who love to teach and enjoy developing new enthusiasts for the sport.

    What to Bring:

    You must furnish and keep up with your own equipment for the school.  If you do not have kayak or canoe equipment, you should be able to rent from a local outdoor retailer near your home.
    The following is a minimum suggested list of equipment necessary for the school:
    Whitewater Kayakers:    Kayak   (fits your weight and height)                 Paddle (appropriate for your grip and length)                 Spray Skirt (be sure it fits the cockpit and your waist)                 Helmet (appropriate for whitewater and head size)                 PFD (Personal Flotation Device- Type III)                 Flotation –Air bagsCanoeists:   Solo or Tandem Canoe                 Paddle (s) (a spare is nice to have)                 Flotation –Air bags                 Helmet                 PFD
    ALL PADDLERS SHOULD HAVE:
    Exposure Protection – polypropylene, wool, paddling jacket, wetsuit or drysuitNO COTTON!  The Hiwassee water is COLD- You will need extra layers.
    Carry with you in dry bag:River booties or other foot protection (no sandals) – You will be walking on rocks!Dry bag – for keeping lunch, extra clothing, camera and valuables drySunglasses with retainersNose clips (optional)Sunblock (oil free)Water Bottle (hydration is very important on the river)*Leave valuable rings at home! Each year, a paddler loses a special ring on the river.

    For more information, email Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School here.

    • Friday, July 10, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, July 12, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Hiwassee River, Relience, TN


    Our May, June and July TSRA event organizers are closely following ACA and CDC’s recommendations as well as state and county regulations. Decisions will be made accordingly as to whether or not to hold events so watch our website for any changes to the schedule. Please read this letter from the President.

    This class provides an opportunity for you to learn how to help yourself and your paddling friends whenever you run into trouble on a whitewater river.  Examples of what is covered during the weekend include:

    • How to throw and catch a throw rope
    • Simple mechanical advantage systems
    • Swimming with and without your boat/paddle
    • Wading in current
    • Boat-based rescues: boat-over-boat, T-rescues, bow rescues, deep water re-entry

    This course will be taught by Swiftwater Rescue trained instructors. Students will need to have some basic comfort with their paddling skills ON WHITEWATER before embarking on the training.  A roll is not necessary in order to take this class.

    Membership in TSRA is required to register for Basic River Rescue. An annual family membership is only $25. Your membership dues help fund river and watershed conservation and river access in the state of Tennessee.

    General Information: TSRA’s Basic River Rescue Clinic is held at Flip-Flop Burgers on the Hiwassee River, in Reliance, Tennessee. Plan to arrive Friday at your convenience. School begins Friday night when you meet with your instructors to prepare for Saturday morning. On Saturday and Sunday we will spend the morning doing land instruction and we will be on the river after lunch. Breakfast will be provided Saturday morning. All other meals are your responsibility.

    YOUR REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES:
    1. Professional quality training in basic river rescue techniques over two days
    2. Two nights at the Flip-Flop Burgers Campground. Bring your own tent and camping gear.
    3. Breakfast Saturday morning.

    Deadline for registration has closed. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after this date. LATE REGISTRANTS will be admitted only if instructors are available to maintain a good instructor-to-student ratio. LATE REGISTRANTS will be charged an additional $20 and will be responsible for their own meals.

    Send questions to Melissa Boaz.

    You must furnish and keep up with your own equipment for the class.  PLEASE MAKE SURE TO READ THE ENTIRE SECTION BELOW BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS CLASS. 

    WHAT TO BRING:

    The following is a minimum suggested list of equipment necessary for the school:
    Whitewater boats (no recreational boats) are required for this course. If you have any questions as to whether or not your boat is acceptable, please email Melissa Boaz.
     
    Whitewater Kayaks:

    • Kayak
    • Flotation air bags for your boat
    • Paddle
    • Spray skirt  (be sure it fits the cockpit and your waist)
    • Helmet  (appropriate for whitewater and fits your head)
    • PFD Type III  


    Whitewater Canoes:

    • Solo or tandem boat
    • Paddle(s) 
    • Flotation air bags
    • Helmet (appropriate for whitewater and fits your head)
    • PFD Type III


    Flotation is necessary outfitting for any whitewater boat; we will be taking swims on purpose and flotation helps prevent the boat from taking on too much water.

    ALL PADDLERS SHOULD HAVE:
    • Exposure Protection :  polypropylene, wool, paddling jacket, wetsuit or drysuit.  NO COTTON!  The Hiwassee water is COLD- you will need extra layers.
    • River booties or other foot protection (no open toed shoes, no exceptions).  You will be walking on rocks!
    • Dry bag for keeping lunch, extra clothing, camera and valuables dry
    • Sunglasses or glasses should have retainers that float, otherwise they will sink
    • Nose clips (optional)
    • Sunblock (oil free)
    • Water bottle (hydration is very important on the river)
    *Leave valuable jewelry/rings at home!
     

    Please note:
    TSRA Schools are organized and run by volunteers. Our volunteers need enough time to reserve staff and equipment, plan meals and do many other things. Please thank the volunteers who donate their time to make this class come to life!


    • Saturday, July 18, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 19, 2020
    • (EDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Hiwassee River

     Come and hone your new found skills. 

    RSVP Available April 1st

    For more information contact Renee Garside

    • Friday, July 24, 2020
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, July 26, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Ocoee River, Ocoee, TN
    • 21

    ACA Level 4 Swift Water Rescue Course

    Late Registration: +$20; students admitted at instructor discretion.

    Questions? Contact Jim McCool

    Whitewater enthusiasts participate in hazardous activities in wilderness environments. Are you prepared to rescue yourself or your best paddling friend?  Are they prepared to rescue you?  Help in many cases may not be immediately available, and might be hours (not minutes) away. 

    Sign up and bring your favorite paddling crew to this clinic. It’s like buying yourself, and them, the safety line that may save your lives.

    Led by Jim McCool, Woody Woodall and Charlie Wilkerson, this course is designed to teach basic swiftwater rescue techniques where limited personnel and/or safety gear is available.  Our instructors have in excess of 50 years combined experience teaching whitewater paddling and swiftwater rescue. They’ve provided instruction to hundreds of individuals and many paddling clubs in Tennessee and Kentucky as well as training Tennessee and National Park Service Rangers, firefighters, other first responders and many more. 

    This clinic will include classroom instruction, river skills and realistic scenarios. Successful completion of this course will prepare you to self-rescue and aid in the rescue of others in whitewater environments.
     
    ACA Swiftwater Rescue Level 4 teaches: Rescue skills plus techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.
     
    Class size will be limited to 21 students.

    Who:       Adults and Minors 15 years and older (Parent/Legal Guardian MUST Accompany minor. Minor participation must be pre-arranged with instructors.)


    Time:  Friday-7:00pm – 9:00pm (river knots practice)
    Saturday-8:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday-8:00am - 5:00pm
    Note:    We will camp together as a group as instruction is ongoing. Camping is included in course fees.

    Required Gear:

    PFD, Helmet, Shoes, Protective Clothing, Throw Rope, Carabiners

    **This course does NOT involve any paddling, so you don't need a boat or paddle, but you will be doing a LOT of swimming.

    VERY IMPORTANT TO READ AND UNDERSTAND PARAGRAPH BELOW:

    Please recognize that this class is extremely physically demanding and involves your voluntarily placing yourself into potentially life-threatening situations. We will discuss the hazards involved and will work to minimize them. However, we cannot eliminate the risks. Therefore, the course will be taught in a CHALLENGE BY CHOICE format. In other words, you determine what you do and how hard you push yourself within the boundaries of the course. There have been instances of simulations turning into real life-threatening situations in SWR courses. If you are uncomfortable with anything you are asked to do in this course, it is YOUR responsibility to say so and refuse to participate in the activity. Instructors, and the other participants will fully understand anyone refusing to participate in any of the activities. It is your choice to participate or not. Because of the potential hazards involved with the course, your instructors expect that you will ask questions whenever you are unsure of something and that you will immediately speak up whenever you see anything you believe to be hazardous.

    Registration closes 7 days prior to start date. LATE REGISTRANTS will be admitted only if instructors are available to maintain a good instructor-to-student ratio. LATE REGISTRANTS will be charged an additional $20 and will be responsible for their own meals.

    Please note:
    TSRA Schools are organized and run by volunteers. Our volunteers need enough time to reserve staff and equipment, plan meals and do many other things. Please thank the volunteers who donate their time to make this class come to life!

    SWR Cancellation Policy:

    • If TSRA cancels class, for any reason: Full refund.
    • Until one week prior to class: full refund minus $10.00 fee.
    • One week until class start: full refund minus $10.00 fee if substitute student is found. Otherwise NO REFUND (regardless of reason for cancellation). Money will be refunded only after substitute pays for registration.
    • After class starts: NO REFUND

    Questions should be directed to Jim McCool.


    • Saturday, August 08, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, August 09, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Cook Day Use Area - Percy Priest Lake / Harpeth River
    • 12

    Rescue for Rec Boaters is an entry-level safety and rescue class for kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddlers who plan on paddling flat water lakes and slow moving rivers such as the Caney Fork, Cumberland, Harpeth, Piney or Stones Rivers. It is not intended for paddlers who plan to paddle Class II or higher whitewater rivers such as Clear Creek, the Hiwassee, Ocoee, Nantahala or Tuckaseegee rivers. For these rivers, please attend TSRA's Basic River Rescue or Swiftwater Rescue. This is not a paddling class; if you do not have basic paddling skills, please first attend Intro to Kayaking  or Intro to Rivers.

    Photo courtesy of Chris Funk, Jackson Kayak

    Requirements: Basic swimming and paddling ability

    Required Equipment:•    boat/paddle craft•    paddle•    PFD (life jacket)•    whistle•    clothing suitable for swimming•    closed-toed footwear that will not come off while swimming and will protect your feet when walking in water and on rocks. (Old sneakers work great.)

    Recommended Equipment:•    boat flotation bags•    paddle float•    bilge pump or bailer•    helmet (optional)•    waist-belt tow rope (lakes)•    throw rope (50' of 3/8” rope in a throw bag) (rivers)

    River Day Location: Harpeth River Golf Range, Morton Mill Rd.

    Lake Day Location: Cook Day Use Area, Percy Priest Lake

    12230 Old Hickory Blvd, Nashville TN

    Class starts at 8:30 a.m. Class will end promptly at 5 p.m.

    We will go out to eat at a local restaurant after class for anyone interested.

    For questions, please contact Katherine Fulk or Ginger Royster.

    This course offers two separate days of instruction, one day on a river and one day on a lake. Both days are being offered twice this year. Lake day will consist of 2-3 hours of classroom / dry land time, and 4-5 hours of in-water time practicing boat-based flat water rescues at the Cook Day Use Area on J. Percy Priest Lake in Nashville, TN. River day will also have 2-3 hours of classroom / dry land time and 4-5 hours of time on a slow moving river. Water levels permitting, we will be on the Harpeth River for river day.
    Your instructors will be ACA (American Canoe Association) certified Swiftwater Rescue or River Kayaking Instructors. The class will contain videos, lectures, group discussions, demonstrations and lots of actual hands-on practice where you will learn how to rescue yourself, how to rescue someone else, how to be rescued by someone else...and how to avoid problems in the first place! 

    *Kids are welcome if accompanied by a parent or guardian and if both can swim and paddle independently.


    • Saturday, September 12, 2020
    • (CDT)


    • Sunday, September 13, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Long Hunter State Park


    • Friday, October 30, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, November 01, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Cumberland Plateau

    Spend a night on the banks of Clear Creek on the Cumberland Plateau. Full moon on Halloween, what better time for a paddling trip? This will be two days of flatwater-class II paddling and two nights of camping.

    Water levels will dictate the run, but planned trip is Clear Creek from Hwy 127 bridge in Clarkrange to Jett Bridge on Genesis Road (24.5 miles). Backup plan is Leatherwood Ford Bridge in Big South Fork Recreation Area (BSF) to Blue Heron Mine (27 miles). Both runs are flatwater to class II with portages. Clear Creek has one portage, BSF has two portages.

    Each participant must provide their own overnight gear, food, cooking utensils, and water. Think ultralight backpacking and dry bags. The trip is entirely self-supported, meaning your boat must hold food, clothes, camping gear, and everything else. Be sure you can keep your things organized, secure, and dry on the river. Average temps for late October/early November are low 40°F to high 65°F.

    Resources

    https://rootsrated.com/knoxville-tn/white-water-paddling/clear-creek-overnighter

    https://www.nps.gov/biso/planyourvisit/riverrundescriptions.htm

    https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/detail/id/2663/

    http://www.leavenotracedude.com/lnt-waterway.php

    • Saturday, December 12, 2020
    • (CST)
    • REI of Brentwood


Past events

Saturday, May 16, 2020 Intro To Kayaking
Saturday, May 09, 2020 Intro To Kayak Fishing
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 Rendezvous 2020
Saturday, March 28, 2020 Wilderness First Aid
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 TSRA Roll School

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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