Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

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

Upcoming events

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

    This class is being rescheduled.

    Please check back for new dates.

    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 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.

    • Tuesday, August 11, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, August 12, 2020
    • (CDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • Radnor Lake State Park off of Granny White Pike
    • 3

    The full CPR/First Aid course is 2 evenings from 6:00pm - 9:00pm each evening. To enter the classroom you must be wearing a covering for your mouth and nose. There will be Manikins and AEDs supplied on a per person basis. No one should come into contact with anyone else. You must attend both consecutive nights. The first night you will receive a CPR shield and gloves. The second night, gloves, gauze pads and roller gauze will be supplied

    Google Map Location: Radnor Lake State Park off of Granny White Pike

    • 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.






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

Past events

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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