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Rescue Rodeo 2020

  • Sat, July 25, 2020
  • 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
  • Flip Flop Burger/ Hiwassee River


It's time for Rescue Rodeo -- TVCC's introductory river safety course!  

Volunteers please preregister for course.

This class is designed to give the beginner kayaker basic river rescue skills to make whitewater trips safer and more fun.  You will learn how to reenter a swamped boat, how to tow swimmers using your boat, equipment recovery techniques, how to swim in whitewater, and MUCH MORE This is a river rescue skills course the club has designed for new boaters. We will be running the Hiwassee River. You need to have the required skills and equipment. This is an all day course. The morning will be land based instruction. You will be on the water all afternoon. A meal will be provided at Flip Flop Burger after the course.

The course runs from 8:00 am EDT to 7:00 pm.  Sign in is from 8:00-8:30.

There will be a $50 deposit for students that will be refunded after participation in the course.


*Paddle Gear:  Boat, Paddle, Skirt, PFD and whitewater helmet.  

*Clothing:  Dress for the swim, and you will be swimming the Hiwassee, so be prepared for cold water!  You will have an opportunity to change into your paddling clothes after we finish our morning classroom activities.  

*Food: Bring your lunch and enough water for a full day on-and-off the river.     

*Other: A chair.


You Must Bring the following items to participate in this training.  These are not optional items.  Due to COVID-19, these items are required for your personal protection and our paddling family. The following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required for this training trip: This is for everyone protection

·         Face Covering (Facemask or Neck Gaiter) 

·         Resealable watertight bag (Ziploc bag, etc) for storing your Face Covering. 

·         Hand sanitizer or biodegradable soap

·         Garbage bag large enough to contain your PFD, Helmet, Sprayskirt, and wet clothes for shuttling back from the takeout.

Notes for participants:  

  • Maintain social distancing of at least 6’ whenever possible
  • Face Coverings will be worn for any land-based activity
  • Face Coverings will be worn while shuttling
  • Face Coverings will not be worn on the water to prevent creating an additional hazard
  • Wash your hands as often as possible during training trips– try to use a biodegradable soap (camp soap is a good option)
  • The club will be setting up hand washing stations for your use at the training site


*Students MUST know how to swim.

*Students MUST be able perform a wet-exit without assistance.  

*Students must be able to paddle Class I and II whitewater (Hiwassee River).

Smartwaiver: Must be completed prior to course

TVCC Rescue Rodeo ~ July 25, 2020

Covid19 waiver:

TVCC waiver:

ACA waiver:

You must be a TVCC member to participate.  The Smartwaivers are good for one year.

If you are not an ACA member there will be a $5 charge

Contact Rob Theurer (423)-253-6012 hm, (423)-404-0347 cell

*Drug and alcohol use will not be permitted before or during on-water activities.

This year’s course will be held at Flip Flop Burger in Reliance TN. Primitive camping is available.

Dinner will be provided to participants after the course. We will be limiting to no more than 30 students this year.

****Preregistration is required no walk on will be allowed. ****

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