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, but we may go out as a group on Saturday Night..
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. We have sites A1, A2, & A25. incase you want to snag your own spot nearby.
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 email@example.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
- 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!
- If you have one, Throw Rope, Whistle, and Paddling 1st Aid Kit, but not require.
TSRA Schools are organized and run by volunteers. Our volunteers need enough time to organize class. Deadline for registration is Tuesday, July 5, 2021 After this date, all registrations will be charged an additional $20 and admitted only if instructors are available.
For additional information email James (Woody) Woodall or Vinson Dill at firstname.lastname@example.org.