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Basic River Rescue

  • Saturday, July 10, 2021
  • 8:00 AM (EDT)
  • Sunday, July 11, 2021
  • 5:00 PM (EDT)
  • Gee Creek Campground at Hiwassee Ocoee Scenic River State Park, 404 Spring Creek Road, Delano TN 37325
  • 14


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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.

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.


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
• 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
• 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.

• 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.

    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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