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Safety and Education

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Other Course Offerings and Training Events:

Swiftwater Rescue Refresher Course: TBD


APEs offers or coordinates instructional opportunities of various sorts throughout the year, including beginner, intermediate and advanced whitewater kayak, basic and advanced swiftwater rescue, and wilderness first aid courses:

Beginner Whitewater Kayaking -- The ACA Whitewater Kayak Course is a two-day (16 hour) program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for entry-level through intermediate individuals in public, private and commercial settings. Instruction takes place on flatwater and rivers up to Class II-III whitewater.  Primary focus is learning the fundamentals, strokes and river maneuvers that help to ensure an enjoyable and safe experience on the river.  Taught by ACA certified instructors.  Upcoming class: TBD

Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Kayaking -- The ACA Intermediate/Advanced Whitewater Kayak Course is designed to refine and extend the judgment and technique of intermediate/advanced paddlers on class III to IV whitewater.  Participants will be introduced to advanced techniques including boat control, playboating and river running as appropriate to the site. This course will use on-the-water scenarios to assess risk, evaluate rapid features and complexities, develop strategies, and nurture good judgment. Course will emphasize use of proactive, aggressive rescue skills stressing self reliance. This course should only be taken by those with a reliable river roll and self rescue skills. Completion of a whitewater kayak course and proficiency and experience in executing all strokes, maneuvers and techniques needed for paddling on class III whitewater and a reliable roll and the ability to aggressively self rescue are required prerequisites.  Taught by ACA certified instructors.  Upcoming class: TBD

Swiftwater Rescue  -- The ACA Basic 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.  This course should be a self-mandated requirement for anyone who routinely paddles whitewater.  Taught by ACA certified instructors. 

Upcoming classes: June 12-13, 2021

Advanced Swiftwater Rescue -- The ACA Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Course is aimed at trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to further develop their rescue skills. Critical judgment and rescue awareness, impacting both personal and group safety, are emphasized throughout the course. Although new skills may be taught, this class focuses on developing judgment and applying skills in rescue scenarios. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience.  Taught by ACA certified instructors.  Upcoming class: TBD

Wilderness First Aid & CPR -- Fast paced and hands-on, this two-day course covers a wide range of wilderness medicine topics and is designed for anyone who travels, plays or works in the outdoors.  An excellent augment to swiftwater rescue.  Taught by a certified instructor.  Upcoming class: TBD

Roll Sessions --  Members participate in weekly roll sessions conducted at Freedom Hall Pool in Johnson City, TN and the Kingsport Aquatic Center in Kingsport, TN.  These are excellent opportunities to work with someone to learn or fine tune your roll.

Freedom Hall Pool Kayak Session: Weekly on Sundays 1-3PM
Kingsport Aquatic Center‏ Kayak Session: TBD

To see the dates of upcoming classes go to the APE's Calendar.   Other courses can be offered based on member interest.  For more information, contact the Safety and Education Chair at