Course Description

So you’ve had SWR, now what? Come join the APE’s for an all-day river trip packed with practical scenarios and learn how to use your skills in the real world.


ACA SWR Instructors: Jeremy Gass & Steven Adams

Assistant Instructor: Wesley R. Bradley

We’ll cover plenty more, have a ton of fun, answer all your questions on the spot, have lunch on the river, and be absolutely worn out by the end of the day! Book your spot early, a limited number of slots are available.

Course Logistics

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:    Saturday, August 14th 8:00am – 6:00pm

Where:    French Broad River, Section 9 (1995 Barnard Rd, Marshall, NC 28753)

Cost:      $60

Registration and payment deadline is 8/12/2021 (See Cancellation Policy in PDF Application)

Safety/Pandemic Response: Participant safety is our top priority and this SWR course is built around safety and risk mitigation.  As with any whitewater activity, this course presents some challenges and risks that must be accepted and will be mitigated through planning and skillful execution to the best of our abilities. These challenges and risks will be discussed at the beginning of this course, additionally the course will be modified as needed to ensure participant safety and adhere to CDC and local government guidelines.  Please feel free to contact the instructors to discuss this and any concerns you may have in more detail.  

Course Prerequisites

  • Previous SWR L4 or L5 course
  • Current APE membership
WHEN: Saturday August 14th 2021
WHERE: French Broad River, Section 9
                  Barnard, NC


There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at After submitting your registration you will be directed to the riverapes Membership page to pay for the course by selecting the "Buy Now" button under Non-Recurring PayPal Payment.  APEs (or TEHCC) membership is required to participate and can also be added with the course payment.  No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your online registration will double for that purpose.

2. Mail:  E-mail Steven Adams with your intent to register and a downloadable registration form will be sent to you. Mailing address and payment will be included in that e-mail and you can be instantly added to the active roster.  Those mailing in their registration can add the 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 Steven at to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Steven at 423-650-1293 or

                         Skills to be Covered

​-Rescue Mindset               -Knots & Anchors
-Rope throwing                  -Recovering Swimmers
-Recovering Boats/Gear    -Swimming in White Water
-Scouting White Water       -Setting Safety in White Water
-Wading in White Water     -Understanding Hydrology and Hazards
-Portaging                          -Solving Pins & Entrapments

Registration Information

APE's Swift Water​ Scenarios,basic edition

Contact Steven Adams for more information:


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)