This is a one-day course, taught on the Hiwassee that is designed to give the new paddler some BASIC RIVER RESCUE SKILLS and MAKE YOU A MORE CONFIDENT BOATER! We put this event on each year in the middle of the paddling season just for you. IT WORKS and IT’S FUN!!!!


We will go over: Basic First Aid and Rescue Breathing, Deep Water Boat Reentry & Recovery, Properly Towing a Swimmer, Proper Equipment Recovery Techniques, Properly Throwing/Catching a Rescue Rope, Proper 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: We will have shore-based classes that morning, grab a quick lunch, and hit the river. Bring all of your paddling gear or make your own arrangements to borrow what you need. You will be assigned to an expertly-led group and paddle to different training stations on the river & practice a certain rescue skill. At the end of the day, we’ll have an awards ceremony, dinner, and swap lies ‘til it gets late! Bring a side-dish to pass around at the club dinner.


See the EVENTS page for 2018 dates.  Registration will open after Paddle School is over!