Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association

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

Upcoming events

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

    **CANCELED**

    Unfortunately we feel that canceling this years Rendezvous is in the best interest of our paddling guest and the communities that welcome us to the Cumberland Plateau. This is a decision that was not taken lightly. We look forward to getting back to normal and enjoying the fellowship this event provides. Thank you for your understanding.


    • 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.

    • Saturday, May 08, 2021
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM (CDT)
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    Registration open April 10th - May 7th

    A very basic introduction to kayak fishing with time broken up into: instruction on shore, time for paddle strokes/ boat control, and of course some fishing. We will cover the basics a beginning paddler/experienced angler or an experienced paddler/beginning angler would need to feel safe, comfortable, and knowledgeable on the water.

    ** Fishing Licence Required**

    Learn the basics of paddling:

    Proper way to transport kayak on a vehicle and carry/launch your boat in the water

    Proper paddle strokes and how to maneuver your boat in still or slow moving water

    Safety concerns ( proper clothing, 1st aid kits, etc) and self rescues

    Learn the basics of choosing gear:

    Types of fishing kayaks (advantages and disadvantages)

    Types of tackle organization and gear storage

    Types of tools and accessories to help while fishing and on the water

    Types of rods and reels (advantages and disadvantages)

    Types of tackle and lures/bait

    Learn the basics of reading water:

    Reading water for paddling (current, sheltered water, eddys, etc.)

    Reading water for fish habitat (finding fish)

    Learn the basics of fishing etiquette:

    Shoreline/launching expectations

    Expectations on the water

    Ability to demo different types of fishing kayaks, demo different types of PFDs specifically designed for fishermen, and try different styles of fishing gear.

    The day will consist of early instruction on the shoreline followed by time on the water to work on paddle strokes and of course TIME TO FISH!

    What to bring:

    Kayak, paddle, PFD

    Sunscreen, hat, sunglass,

    1 to 2 of your favorite fishing rods along with your favorite fishing lures

    Water, snacks, lunch


    • Saturday, June 05, 2021
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Harpeth River

    REGISTRATION OPENING

    April 30, 2021

    TSRA 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 all day class, you will be introduced to essentials of river kayaking. Following  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.

    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 who are accompanied by an adult and able to swim and paddle independently. 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. If you have questions about this class or about boats or other equipment, please contact Andrea White.

       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

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

    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!

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

    REGISTRATION OPENS

    April, 30 2021

    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 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, July 31, 2021
    • 8:00 AM (CDT)
    • Sunday, August 01, 2021
    • 5:00 PM (CDT)
    • Henry Horton State Park, Chapel Hill, TN
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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/


    • 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, 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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