APE’s & TEHCC Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

SWR V-LowerSWR RopeSWR Attainment

 

 

 

(Registration Deadline: 6/20/2015)

 

Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN

ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher

Assistant Instructors: Wesley R. Bradley & Tommy Clapp

 

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.

 

The Basic SWR Course, sponsored by Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoe Club (TEHCC), is one in a series of swiftwater rescue courses offered through the American Canoe Association. The course is led by ACA certified swiftwater rescue and kayak instructor Scott Fisher and is designed to teach the recreational paddler basic swiftwater rescue techniques where limited personnel and/or safety gear is available. Scott has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, paddling clubs, firefighters, rescue personnel, staff of church youth camps, and local outfitter guides. The clinic will include classroom instruction, 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. 

 

Course Overview: The Swiftwater Rescue Course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

 

 

Course Objectives:

                Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.

                Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.

                Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.

                Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents

                Develop and practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment

                Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

                Gain experience using the rescue PFD, and understand its strengths and weaknesses

                Utilize rescue scene management principles needed within a paddling group

 

Course Prerequisites:  All paddle craft are welcome.  Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver their craft in at least class II whitewater.  However, all boaters, and non-boaters with an interest in swiftwater rescue (e.g., professional rescuers), will benefit from the class. Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.  Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

 

Minimum personal equipment for class: Type III PFD designed for whitewater use (Rescue PFD is recommended but not required), whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water, protective footwear, boat, paddle, whistle, throw rope, 15+ feet of one inch tubular nylon webbing, 2 locking carabiners, and 2 prusick loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord) 

 

Who:      Adults and Minors 15 years and older (Parent/Legal Guardian MUST accompany minor and arranged ahead).  Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they feel safety will be compromised.

When:    Friday, June 26th 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, June 27th 8:00am – 7:00pm (Saturday Evening Session TBD); Sunday, June 28th 8:00am – 5:00pm

Where:   Friday evening: Riverpark Campground (3937 Highway 81 South, Jonesborough, TN 37659); Saturday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River; Sunday: Riverpark/Lower Nolichucky River

Cost:      $95; $85 if already an APEs member; ACA members can further deduct $5

               Registration and payment deadline is 6/20/2015 (See Cancellation Policy in PDF Application)

Lodging Note:      We will camp together as a group. This makes the class logistics much easier. Camping fees are $10 per night per person paid separately.

 

REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Scott at 276-698-4644 or tfisher1@its.jnj.com

APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

(Registration Deadline – 5/23/2015)

 

 

APE's LogoTEHCC LOGO If you’ve ever thought how much fun it would be to learn how to kayak now’s your chance!!  The Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course, sponsored by the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) and the Tennessee Eastman Hiking and Canoeing Club, will be held May 30th and 31st in the Tri-Cities area. The clinic is designed for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking that will ensure a fun and safe time on the river. No previous experience is necessary. Instruction will consist of one day on flat water and one day on the river. As in the past, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on safety. Participants will be responsible for providing their own gear and transportation, although loaner gear is available on a first come basis.

Minimum required gear: Whitewater kayak, double-bladed (kayak) paddle, whitewater helmet, spray skirt, PFD (life jacket), closed-toe water shoes or booties (sneakers are fine too but they’ll get wet).  Additionally, it is recommended that each student bring a wicking type shirt (no cotton) for wear while on the water, sunscreen and a rain jacket.  Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and drinking water/sports drinks.

 

Schedule: 

May 30th (Sat) Lake instruction, 8am-4pm

Location: Warrior’s Path State Park.

Students must participate on Saturday to participate on Sunday.

 

May 31st (Sun) River Trip, class II, 8am-4pm

Location: Lower Nolichucky River.

Note: Instructors reserve the right to exclude anyone if they believe safety will be compromised.

 

Cost: $75.00 per student (which includes a $5 ACA event membership fee and a $10 APEs membership fee). If you are already a member of either organization deduct that portion of the cost.

 

REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  Your online registration will also double for your APE’s membership form.

2. Mail: CLICK HERE for Clinic Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615 by 5/23/2015.   No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will also double for your APE’s membership form.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Scott at tfisher1@its.jnj.com or 276-698-4644

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's LogoOn the Nolichucky River

(Registration Deadline – April 18, 2015)

 

 

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. If you’ve already had the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Class and are looking to tune up the skills that will help keep you and those you care about safe this is your chance.

Your instructor Scott Fisher is an ACA certified advanced swiftwater rescue and advanced whitewater kayak instructor and has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, including paddlers, outfitter guides, firefighters, rescue personnel and staff of youth camps.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

• Reinforce skills leaned in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course

• Practice skills during multiple scenarios

• Refine and extend critical judgment through multiple scenarios

COURSE PREREQUISITES Students are required to have completed an ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course.  All paddle craft are welcome.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.  Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: Type III PFD designed for whitewater use (Rescue PFD is recommended but not required), whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water, protective footwear, boat (optional), paddle, whistle, throw rope, 15+ feet of one inch tubular nylon webbing, 2 locking carabiners, and 2 prusik loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord)

Where: Riverpark Campground, 3937 Hwy 81 South, Jonesborough, Tennessee 37659 (423) 753-5359

When: April 25, 2015

Time: 8:00 A.M.–7:00 P.M. (EST)

Cost: $70; APEs members can deduct $10; ACA members can further deduct $5

         (Non-Refundable after April 18th unless replacement found)

Lodging: Camping is available on-site, reserve with the campground directly.  Closest hotel is Mountain Inn & Suites, 2002 Temple Hill Rd, Erwin, TN (423) 743-4100.

Class Size: Class will be limited to 15 participants

REGISTRATIONThere are two ways to register to reserve your spot :

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

Questions: Contact (276) 698-4644 or e-mail tfisher1@its.jnj.com

SWR V-Lower

APEs Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright

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Learn to creek boat from the first Green Race Winner, Clay Wright!

(Registration Deadline—April 4, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the second of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright.  Clay is a six-time U.S. Freestyle team member, creeking pioneer and member of Team Jackson.  He has appeared in over 50 kayaking videos, has first descents in 11 states and 5 countries, and has won numerous extreme races throughout the world, including the first Green Race.

This one day course is designed for the intermediate level aspiring creek boater.  No previous creeking experience is necessary although strong intermediate kayaking skills (CL 3+) and a solid roll are required.  The course will take place on a river similar to Wilson’s Creek in difficulty and specific location will be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 10 students.  If you’ve thought about getting into creeking this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best.

APEs Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright

APE's Logo

Learn to creek boat from the first Green Race Winner, Clay Wright!

(Registration Deadline—April 4, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the second of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright.  Clay is a six-time U.S. Freestyle team member, creeking pioneer and member of Team Jackson.  He has appeared in over 50 kayaking videos, has first descents in 11 states and 5 countries, and has won numerous extreme races throughout the world, including the first Green Race.

This one day course is designed for the intermediate level aspiring creek boater.  No previous creeking experience is necessary although strong intermediate kayaking skills (CL 3+) and a solid roll are required.  The course will take place on a river similar to Wilson’s Creek in difficulty and specific location will be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 10 students.  If you’ve thought about getting into creeking this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best.

APEs Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright

APE's Logo

Learn to creek boat from the first Green Race Winner, Clay Wright!

(Registration Deadline—April 4, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the second of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright.  Clay is a six-time U.S. Freestyle team member, creeking pioneer and member of Team Jackson.  He has appeared in over 50 kayaking videos, has first descents in 11 states and 5 countries, and has won numerous extreme races throughout the world, including the first Green Race.

This one day course is designed for the intermediate level aspiring creek boater.  No previous creeking experience is necessary although strong intermediate kayaking skills (CL 3+) and a solid roll are required.  The course will take place on a river similar to Wilson’s Creek in difficulty and specific location will be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 10 students.  If you’ve thought about getting into creeking this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best.

APEs Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright

APE's Logo

Learn to creek boat from the first Green Race Winner, Clay Wright!

(Registration Deadline—April 4, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the second of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright.  Clay is a six-time U.S. Freestyle team member, creeking pioneer and member of Team Jackson.  He has appeared in over 50 kayaking videos, has first descents in 11 states and 5 countries, and has won numerous extreme races throughout the world, including the first Green Race.

This one day course is designed for the intermediate level aspiring creek boater.  No previous creeking experience is necessary although strong intermediate kayaking skills (CL 3+) and a solid roll are required.  The course will take place on a river similar to Wilson’s Creek in difficulty and specific location will be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 10 students.  If you’ve thought about getting into creeking this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best.

APEs Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright

APE's Logo

Learn to creek boat from the first Green Race Winner, Clay Wright!

(Registration Deadline—April 4, 2015)

Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts (APEs) is pleased to announce the second of its Paddle with the Pros clinics, this time by hosting an Intermediate Creeking Clinic with Clay Wright.  Clay is a six-time U.S. Freestyle team member, creeking pioneer and member of Team Jackson.  He has appeared in over 50 kayaking videos, has first descents in 11 states and 5 countries, and has won numerous extreme races throughout the world, including the first Green Race.

This one day course is designed for the intermediate level aspiring creek boater.  No previous creeking experience is necessary although strong intermediate kayaking skills (CL 3+) and a solid roll are required.  The course will take place on a river similar to Wilson’s Creek in difficulty and specific location will be determined as we get closer to the date. The class will be limited to 10 students.  If you’ve thought about getting into creeking this is your chance!  Send in your registration form and payment to take advantage of this outstanding and rare opportunity to learn from one of the world’s best.

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES: Introduction and development of skills that will allow participants to increase their competency and comfort on class 3/4 creeks.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: Students should be proficient in class 3+ whitewater and have a solid roll.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness and possess solid swimming ability. Min age is 14.

 

WHERE: River similar in difficulty to Wilson’s Creek, specific location TBD

WHEN: Sat, Apr 11, 2015

TIME: 9:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. (EST)

COST: $85 for APEs/TEHCC members; $95 for non-APEs/TEHCC members (tuition includes APEs membership).                    Non-Refundable after Apr 4 unless replacement found.

CLASS SIZE: Classes will be limited to 10 participants

MEALS: Students are responsible for their own lunch on the river

 

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR:  Whitewater creek boat, type III PFD, whitewater helmet, paddle, sprayskirt, protective clothing suitable for weather/water conditions, closed-toe protective footwear, whistle, throw rope, drinking water, lunch/snacks in a waterproof bag.

 

REGISTRATIONThere are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be purchased online at http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html for $10.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail: Click Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615. Those mailing in their registration can add the $10 annual APEs membership fee to their course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will double for that purpose.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at TFisher1@its.jnj.com to be placed on waiting list.

 

QUESTIONS: Contact Scott at tfisher1@its.jnj.com or 276-698-4644

APEs Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Eric “EJ” Jackson

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Paddle with EJ on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 14, 2015)

APEs Whitewater Kayak Clinic with Eric “EJ” Jackson

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Paddle with EJ on the Nolichucky Gorge!

(Registration Deadline—Mar 14, 2015)

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