Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

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

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, March 20, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • Sunday, March 21, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Fall Creek Falls
    • 28

    One of the (many) things we learned in 2020 is to expect the unexpected. You can learn skills and abilities to make sound decisions in the face of unexpected outdoor situations (AKA emergencies) at TSRA's NOLS Wilderness First Aid course conducted by Landmark Learning on March 20-21, 2021 at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Spencer, TN. This engaging, hands-on course is great for people of all experience levels and is best suited for those who recreate outdoors where EMS response can be expected in fewer than eight hours. You'll learn the Patient Assessment System, how to provide effective first aid treatments for injuries and illnesses common in the outdoors and how to make appropriate evacuation decisions. Students will be responsible for their own meals and lodging. After a hiatus of several years, we’re excited to add this course back in our annual rotation.

    The WFA course is ideal for guides and trip leaders on 1-2 day outings. This 2-day course gives 16 hours of contact time in a learning setting. Teaching methods include an emphasis on didactic lectures and hands-on, experiential workshops and scenarios. Your rescue gear needs to be packed and ready to go at any moment throughout the course. Please refer to and follow the WFA Gear List, and contact us with any questions you may have. CPR is not required in order to complete the WFA course or to make your WFA certification valid – it is a complimentary certification that will enhance your WFA experience.

    Bad things happen outdoors and usually in bad weather! So, be prepared for the weather…dress in layers that you can remove indoors or in the sun, and layer up when we go outside. Full rain protection is a necessity, both rain tops and pants. Your comfort and ability to pay attention during this intense course will be helped if you stay well-hydrated and have snacks on hand to munch during class.

    Each Student will be responsible for their meals and lodging for the weekend. The park currently offers cabins and camping. Unfortunately the lodge is being rebuilt and will not be open. Students should also expect to bring lunch, snacks and water each day.  

    There is no exam for this course. Certification is based on student participation and instructor observation. WFR Recerts and WEMTs will be required to take a 50 question test and must score 70% or better, and need to successfully complete a practical exam during the course. The course ends near 5PM on the last day with any required exams, student evaluations of the experience, and graduation. Please do not make travel plans that require an earlier departure or you will have to make alternative testing arrangements at a later course.

    Recertication: The best method to recertify a WFR, WUMP, or WEMT is through a WFR Recertification course. If you choose the WFA option, please prepare by visiting the wilderness medicine resources on NOLS’s website.

    *As of Sep 1, 2011, the option to recertify through a WFA is for currently certified/in grace period NOLS card holders, only. Current WFRs from other providers must utilize the NOLS WFR Recertification course.*

    Additional course information can be found at https://www.landmarklearning.org/course/nols-wilderness-first-aid/

    • Wednesday, April 07, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, April 11, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Camp Nakanawa Crossville, TN

    TSRA’s family-friendly paddling celebration and annual fundraiser. Paddlers and outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill level meet at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville, Tennessee. Then, over the course of five days, groups large and small spill out across the Cumberland Plateau and surrounding areas to tackle their favorite adventures.

    • Saturday, May 01, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Leatherwood Rd, Oneida, TN 37841

    In memory of Jack Lyle we will be take a paddle down one of Jacks favorite stretches' of water, the confluence of the New and Clear Fork Rivers to Leatherwood Ford on the Big South Fork of the Cumberland. More details coming soon.

    • Friday, June 11, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, June 13, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Gee Campground

    The 50th Annual Whitewater Canoe and Kayak School will be held June 11-13, 2021 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 list of equipment necessary for the school:

    Kayakers: Whitewater 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 bags

    Canoeists: Whitewater 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 drysuit NO 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 dry, Sunglasses with retainers, Nose 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 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, July 11, 2021
    • 11:59 PM (CDT)
    • TBD

    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!

    • Friday, July 23, 2021
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, July 25, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Ocoee River Rats

    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 outdoor classroom instruction, shore and boat based 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.

    • Saturday, September 04, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Sunday, September 05, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Franklin, TN

    We will be building another access structure along the Harpeth to have another legitimate, safe, family friendly and environmentally sound way to get on the water.

    Please send questions to Patty Shultz patshultz@comcast.net

    • Sunday, September 19, 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Long Hunter State Park - Couchville Lake Rec area


    Bike, Canoe, Trail Run

Past events

Saturday, December 12, 2020 REI Gift Wrap *CANCELED*
Thursday, November 05, 2020 Winter Paddling Info Session via Facebook Live
Friday, October 30, 2020 Full Moon Overnight Paddle
Saturday, October 24, 2020 Introduction to Kayak Fishing
Saturday, October 03, 2020 Harpeth River Clean Up Honoring Jessica Graham
Sunday, September 20, 2020 Rescue for Rec Boaters
Saturday, September 19, 2020 Intro to Kayaking
Sunday, September 13, 2020 Lost Loon Triathlon *CANCELED*
Saturday, September 12, 2020 CRC Dragon Boat Race *CANCELED*
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 CPR/First Aid Certification class #2
Saturday, August 08, 2020 Rescue For Rec Boaters **CANCELED**
Tuesday, August 04, 2020 CPR/First Aid Certification class #1
Friday, July 24, 2020 Swiftwater Rescue
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 Creekside Chat With Bob Lantz
Saturday, July 18, 2020 C & K School follow-up training trip **CANCELED**
Friday, July 10, 2020 Basic River Rescue **CANCELED**
Friday, June 26, 2020 Whitewater Canoe & Kayak School **CANCELED**
Saturday, June 13, 2020 Rescue For Rec Boaters **CANCELED**
Saturday, June 06, 2020 Intro To Kayaking **CANCELED**
Saturday, May 30, 2020 Intro To Rivers **CANCELED**
Saturday, May 16, 2020 Intro To Kayaking **CANCELED**
Saturday, May 09, 2020 Intro To Kayak Fishing **CANCELED**
Wednesday, April 01, 2020 Rendezvous 2020 **CANCELED**
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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