APE’s & TEHCC Beginner Whitewater Kayak Course

(Registration Deadline – 6/7/2014)



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 June 14th and 15th in the Tri-Cities area. The clinic is designed for anyone wanting to learn the fundamentals of whitewater kayaking-fundamentals 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, helmet, spray skirt and PFD (life jacket). Additionally, it is recommended that each student bring river shoes/sandals, a change of clothes in a waterproof bag and a rain jacket. Students are responsible for bringing their own lunch and water to stay hydrated.

Schedule: June 14th (Sat) Lake instruction, 8am-4pm

Location: Warrior’s Path State Park.

Students must participate on Saturday to participate on Sunday.

June 15th (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: Complete and return the form below and mail it along with your check made out to Scott Fisher by 6/7/2014 to: Scott Fisher, 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615.

CLICK HERE for Clinic Registration Form

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

APE’s & TEHCC Basic Swift Water Rescue Course

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(Registration Deadline: 6/20/2014)

Location: Riverpark Campground – Jonesborough, TN

ACA Instuctor: Scott Fisher

Assistant Instructors: Wesley R. Bradley & Jeremy Gass

Contact: tfisher1@its.jnj.com

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 27th 7:00pm – 9:00pm; Saturday, June 28th 8:00am – 7:00pm (Saturday Evening Session TBD); Sunday, June 29th 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 6/20/2014 (See Cancellation Policy in PDF Application)

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.


Click Here to download the PDF Application for Registration in this SWR Course 

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

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's Logo(Registration Deadline – 5/2/2014)

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's Logo(Registration Deadline – 5/2/2014)

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's Logo(Registration Deadline – 5/2/2014)

APE’s Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course

APE's Logo(Registration Deadline – 5/2/2014)

Tanners Boof Photo Contest | Tallulah River

In case you have not heard: the Tallulah River is releasing this weekend! There are 18 named rapids waiting for you on this 1 mile long whitewater river section near the Chattooga River… Tanner’s Boof is arguably the best move on the river. Take a photo this weekend of your friend flying off of this rapid and enter to win Store-Credit at ChattoogaKayak.com.

The Store-Credit can be applied to our:

You may also cash in on your prize money by coming by the Chattooga Whitewater Outfitter’s Store Front.

How to Submit a Photo

    1. Take a photo of your friend at Tanner’s Boof this weekend. Your friend in the photo will receive a free Pizza and Drink at Humble Pie if you win a prize (Top 3 finishers).
    2. You must Create an Account at ChattoogaKayak.com for us to be able to apply store credit to your account.

  1. Next, email your submission(s) to chattoogakayak@gmail.com by Monday (4/7/2014).
  2. Then look for your photo to show up on Chattooga Adventure’s Facebook Page.
  3. Finally: Tune in to Facebook on Friday (4/11/2014) to see the top 3 photos.

Boof Responsibly.

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