Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

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

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Thursday, August 12, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Hamilton Creek Sailboat Marina
    Register

    Brush up on your skills before paddling this season or just come on out for fun and food after.  We’ll practice ‘til dusk or there about, then find something to eat. Practice your roll. Practice your strokes , practice your hand of god. Communicate with your buds and meet at the marina. Some roll experience is necessary. This is a gathering of paddlers for the purpose of practicing and camaraderie. Paddle and practice safety bring a buddy 

    Go east from downtown Nashville on I-40E. Take exit 219 (Stewarts Ferry Pike South).Turn right at the top of the ramp and go South 3.3 miles on Bell Road.Turn left at the Hamilton Creek Park sign (across from Ned Shelton Road).The Marina entrance is the first turn on the left.

    The security gate operates 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. After hours, the automatic gate will open so you can get out, but you can't get back in without a security code.

    • Sunday, June 27, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Harpeth Valley Golf Center
    • 0
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    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 Whitewater 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.

    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.) • Proper Attire – poly/synthetic, nylon, hat, rain jacket• Lunch, Water Bottle, Snacks

    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)

    Will consist of 2-3 hours of classroom / dry land time, and 4-5 hours of in-water time practicing rescues

    Your instructors will be ACA (American Canoe Association) certified River Rescue or River Kayaking Instructors. The class will contain 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 they can swim and paddle independently.

    For additional information contact Andrea White.

    COVID PROTOCOL:

    If you have any symptoms or Covid exposure that lead you to think that you may be a risk to the other students in the class, please let Andrea White know so that your cancelation can be approved for a full refund.

    You will be asked to complete a Health Screening Questionnaire during the week prior to class and masks will be required on land at all times. Class size is being limited to minimize the chances of group exposure. You will be required to sign a waiver to attend this class.

    CANCELATION POLICY:

    If TSRA has to cancel the class for any reason, you will receive a full refund. If you need to cancel your reservation, we ask that you try to do it with as much advance notice as possible so we can try to fill your seat in the class. Any cancelation provided up to May 31 will automatically receive a full refund. Cancellations after May 31 will need to be approved by Andrea White in order to receive a refund. Please understand that we are just trying to offer training to as many people as possible during very challenging Covid circumstances. Your help is appreciated.

    TSRA is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization. All TSRA classes are organized and taught by ACA certified instructors who donate their time as volunteers to enhance the skills and safety of the paddling community. Proceeds from these classes are invested in river conservation initiatives, access builds, and initiatives to expand paddler instruction. Thank you for supporting these efforts to support our rivers and our paddling family!


    • Friday, July 02, 2021
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monday, July 05, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Hiwassee Ocoee, Gee Creek group campground
    • 17
    Register

    TSRA Contact: H2oLily.deb@gmail.com

    Looking for a place to stay for that upcoming holiday paddle or event? Want to meet other paddlers, campers, hikers? Come camp with us! We will have one of the nicest group sites at Gee Creek..  

    Tent space is reserved and available. Come and join us for the weekend, make new friends, self paddle and hike, or just hangout.  Space at the group site is available to campers, paddlers or hikers on a first come first served basis, for a donation of $35, whether you stay one or all 3 nights. A great savings!  We are allowing for no more than 15 tents at $35 each (2 persons per tent or car is included in the price), and no more than 25 people in the group space that holds 50. Social distancing can easily be observed. Mask wearing will be observed when necessary . This is a TSRA Fundraising Event. 

    Event hosts or leaders are not guides or lifeguards. Expect the same risks as you would if paddling, camping, or hiking alone or without a lead or guide or host. You are solely responsible for your own safety and well-being. By signing up for this event you acknowledge, accept and agree that kayaking and outdoor activities can be dangerous and can cause serious injury, or yes, even death. The organizers of this group and current and former members of this group cannot be held responsible or liable in any way for the actions of any participant, including you, at any of their events. All attendees and participants of this and all of our events do solely at their own risk and are responsible for any injuries to themselves, to their guests and property. By signing up for this group and any of its events you affirm you understand this disclaimer and that you knowingly and voluntarily agree not to bring any type of a claim arising out of this event against any of the group, or hosts, organizers or leaders of this group.

    • Friday, July 09, 2021
    • 12:00 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, July 11, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Gee Creek Campground at Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic River State Park, 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano TN 37325
    • 20
    Register

    Due to Covid, we will be limiting this clinic to 20 students and taking precautions as described by the CDC.

    General Information: TSRA's Basic River Rescue Clinic is held at Gee Creek Campground on the Hiwassee River, in Delano, Tennessee.  You can arrive Friday evening at your convenience. The school begins Friday night, where you will meet with your instructors to prepare for Saturday morning. Saturday we will spend half a day (before lunch) doing land instruction. After lunch we will be on the river. Sunday, we will be the same, land instruction and river time. All meals are your responsibility.

    This class provides an opportunity for you to learn how to help yourself and your paddling friends whenever you run into trouble on the 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, 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.

    YOUR REGISTRATION FEE INCLUDES:
    1. Professional quality training in basic river rescue techniques over two days
    2. Two nights at the Gee Creek Campground. (We will be sharing sites in the A-Loop so if you'd prefer a private site, feel free to reserve your own at your cost) Bring your own tent, sleeping gear, and food.

    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 contact James (Woody) Woodall at tiltedrivers@gmail.com
     
    • 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 -life vest- Type III
      or
    • Whitewater Canoes: Solo or tandem boat • Paddle (s) a spare paddle is nice to have • Flotation air bags • Helmet • 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 at home!

      Please note:

      TSRA Schools are organized and run by volunteers. Our volunteers need enough time to organize class. Deadline for registration is Monday, July 5, 2021 After this date, all registrations will be charged an additional $20 and admitted only if instructors are available.


      For additional information contact Charlie Wilkerson or Melissa Boaz.

      • Saturday, July 10, 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
      • Jefferson Springs Pavilion, Smyrna, TN
      • 24
      Register

      Be The Duck! Wear The Boat!

      Be a Paddle Dancer!

      Be A Safety Planner!


      An introduction to the fun and safe sport of kayaking, instruction on the basic paddling and boat control skills, safety, self and others rescue as well as an opportunity to see and compare various type of kayaks.

      Participants Provide:

      • Gear: kayak, paddle and kayak life jacket (note: if renting a kayak/life jacket please specify below)
      • Water Wear: NO Killer Cotton – use clothing that is non-cotton such as nylon/polyester-synthetic blend, consider dressing in layers if cool; bring a change of clothes as well.
      • Other items: hat, sunglasses, water bottle, extra water, water shoes/sandals (no flip flops), jacket(optional), sun-block, lunch, and snacks.
      • A Great Attitude!

      *We suggest water wicking poly active wear that sheds moisture but retains body heat; typically in cooler water we wear a base layer of poly underwear; a long sleeve poly active T, active pants, and a windbreaker/rain jacket; water-shoes or water sandals with wool socks (your feet will be in the water). We also suggest a towel and a change of clothes. Warmer weather still needs poly wear shorts and short sleeve t shirts. Sources for active-wear/paddling clothes include REI, Walmart, Dick’s Sports, Ross, Academy Sports (and Goodwill). No need to spend big bucks. Walmart has water shoes for $5 and lots of poly clothing.


      For additional information contact Tom Christensen or Ginger Royster

       


      • Saturday, July 24, 2021
      • 8:00 AM (CDT)
      • Sunday, July 25, 2021
      • 5:00 PM (CDT)
      • Ocoee River Rats
      • 21
      Register

      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 ACA certified instructors Jim McCool, Woody Woodall, Charlie Wilkerson, Gary Weatherford and James Parnell 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, July 31, 2021
      • 8:00 AM (CDT)
      • Sunday, August 01, 2021
      • 5:00 PM (CDT)
      • Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN
      • 11
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      One of the (many) things we learned in 2020 is to expect the unexpected. We have rescheduled the Wilderness First Aid course for 31 July - 1 August. 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/


      • Saturday, August 14, 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
      • Jefferson Springs Pavilion, Smyrna, TN
      • 25
      Register

      Registration open June 14, 2021 - August 11, 2021


      Be The Duck! Wear The Boat!

      Be a Paddle Dancer!

      Be A Safety Planner!


      An introduction to the fun and safe sport of kayaking, instruction on the basic paddling and boat control skills, safety, self and others rescue as well as an opportunity to see and compare various type of kayaks.

      Participants Provide:

      • Gear: kayak, paddle and kayak life jacket (note: if renting a kayak/life jacket please specify below)
      • Water Wear: NO Killer Cotton – use clothing that is non-cotton such as nylon/polyester-synthetic blend, consider dressing in layers if cool; bring a change of clothes as well.
      • Other items: hat, sunglasses, water bottle, extra water, water shoes/sandals (no flip flops), jacket(optional), sun-block, lunch, and snacks.
      • A Great Attitude!

      *We suggest water wicking poly active wear that sheds moisture but retains body heat; typically in cooler water we wear a base layer of poly underwear; a long sleeve poly active T, active pants, and a windbreaker/rain jacket; water-shoes or water sandals with wool socks (your feet will be in the water). We also suggest a towel and a change of clothes. Warmer weather still needs poly wear shorts and short sleeve t shirts. Sources for active-wear/paddling clothes include REI, Walmart, Dick’s Sports, Ross, Academy Sports (and Goodwill). No need to spend big bucks. Walmart has water shoes for $5 and lots of poly clothing.


      For additional information contact Tom Christensen or Ginger Royster

       


      • Friday, September 10, 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (CDT)
      • Harpeth River, Franklin, TN

      We will be building another access structure along the Harpeth River .

      Please send questions to Patty Shultz.

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

      www.lostloons.com

      Bike, Canoe, Trail Run


    Past events

    Saturday, June 19, 2021 Paddling Safety & Rescue-Lake Day *CANCELED*
    Friday, June 18, 2021 Want camp with that paddle? $25 2NITES Tent Camping
    Saturday, June 12, 2021 INTRO TO KAYAK FISHING
    Friday, June 11, 2021 C&K School Instructor / Volunteer Registration
    Friday, June 11, 2021 Canoe and Kayak School 2021
    Friday, June 11, 2021 Discounted Camping, Come Paddle and Hike and Hang for less
    Saturday, June 05, 2021 TSRA Intro to Rivers
    Tuesday, May 18, 2021 Morning Exercise Paddle
    Thursday, May 13, 2021 Morning Exercise Paddle
    Tuesday, May 11, 2021 Morning Exercise Paddle
    Saturday, May 08, 2021 Intro to Kayak Fishing
    Wednesday, April 07, 2021 Rendezvous *Canceled*
    Saturday, March 20, 2021 NOLS Wilderness First Aid
    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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