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

Watauga Gorge Race

The Race is set for Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 2:00 PM!

News from Eric Chance on Boatertalk:

If you want to stand in line for an hour for some waterslides, you should go to 6-flags or the Tallulah this weekend, otherwise you should come out for the Watauga Race*.

Be at the put-in, with shuttle set at 2pm.

Format will be the same as previous years– mass start free for all from the put-in to the pool below Stateline.

The start time is late enough for folks to get a practice lap in (which I would recommend if you aren’t familiar with the run), or if it rains more to get a quick lap on something else. Also, Try to bring as few cars up to the top as possible, as parking up there is limited. People can also hang out and camp after the race at the take-out or next door at Dave’s.

Bring it…..

*The Watauga Race is not a race, it’s a group paddle with no one setting safety and maybe even no one keeping track of the time, so don’t race if you aren’t comfortable running the Watauga solo.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

HTTD #1 2015- Slocan Boatercross

Racers trying to grab top spot

The first event of the 2015 World Kayak Hometown Throwdown series took place on the Mighty Slocan River at Initiation wave at Crescent Valley beach.  Competitors came out to race despite the numerous kayaking options this spring due to a early melt and above normal seasonal levels.

Heats of 4 or 5 paddlers decided the make up of the finals with paddlers facing off in a gruelling battle around a gate and across river to the finish line. The race strategy was crucial for a win as some paddlers took a high line at the starting point to ensure a quicker spin around the gate.  Paddlers opting for the low line were left in the wake.

 

Finals consisted of 5 paddlers in head to head fashion.  Winner Adrian Kiernan was followed by new comer and surprise speedster Jordan Overholt with veteran Kootenay paddler Mike Grant in third.  Stay tuned for the next HTTD!

After race free food!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015 Hometown Throwdown #1- Slocan Boatercross race Results

Adrian K          1st

Jordan O        2nd

Mike G         3rd

Christian F  4th

Lazer C          5th

TIED

Mark B     6th

Geoff S  6th

TIED

Doug P   7th

Rodger M 7th

 

 

 

 

Nantahala Racing Club Family Whitewater Weekend

Families and youth paddlers gather for a weekend of flat and whitewater activities, games and camaraderie. Participants are encouraged to challenge themselves to develop and use new skills in a fun, supportive environment and try their hand at all three competitive whitewater disciplines: slalom, freestyle and downriver. On Saturday afternoon, all are invited to race in a 1K or 5K Adventure Dash hosted by NOC, where runners will negotiate challenging obstacles on a dash to the finish line. If needed, children may borrow whitewater equipment by emailing nantahalaracingclub@gmail.com.

Check out all the event details @:

http://noc.com/events/nrc-family-whitewater-weekend

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