This is a highly-rated one-day course, taught on the Hiwassee River by TVCC’s very own Team Safety.  It is designed to give new and less-experienced paddlers some basic river rescue skills and make you a more confident boater!  We put this event on each year in the middle of paddling season just for you.  It works and it’s fun!

  • Course Contents: 
    • Basic First Aid, CPR Techniques, and Rescue Breathing
    • What to Wear and When to Wear It
    • What to Carry With You and Why
    • Deep Water Boat Exit, Reentry, & Recovery
    • Properly Towing of a Swimmer (and how to be a swimmer getting towed!)
    • Proper Equipment Recovery Techniques
    • Properly Throwing/Catching a Rescue Rope
    • Proper Swift Water Wading Techniques
    • Boat Based Rescues
    • Proper Rafting-Up techniques, and …
    • YES –  Whitewater Swimming (you will swim Devil Shoals!)

All classes are taught in a “challenge by choice” style.

  • Details:
    • Basic plan is: land-based classes in the morning; Grab a quick lunch; Hit the river all afternoon!
    • Bring all your paddling gear (min of 5 items!) or make your own arrangements to borrow what you need
    • You will be assigned to an expert-led small group; Each group will paddle to different training stations on the river and practice the planned rescue skill(s) at each station 
    • At the end of the day there will be an awards ceremony, dinner, and lies will be swapped till it gets late!
    • Bring a side-dish to support the dinner;  TVCC supplies the main course and primary re-hydration refreshment! 

See the EVENTS page for 2023 date.  Course is usually held in late July.

Registration will be announced and date determined –  Watch this page, TVCC Facebook page, and the Newsletter for announcements and updates.