On the Nolichucky River

(Registration Deadline – August 19, 2017)


Whitewater enthusiasts participate in hazardous activities in wilderness environments. Are you prepared to rescue yourself or your best paddling friend?  Are they prepared to rescue you?  Help in many cases may not be immediately available, and might be hours, not minutes away. If you’ve already had the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Class and are looking to sharpen the skills that will help keep you and those you care about safe this is your chance.

The Advanced SWR Course is one in a series of swiftwater rescue courses offered through the American Canoe Association (ACA). This course is aimed at anyone desiring the opportunity to further develop their rescue skills first learned in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course. 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 that were first learned in the basic course.  The course will be predominantly scenario based in the context of a river trip—in other words, students will be moving downriver and responding to situations encountered along the way.  We feel that this is a logical progression from your previous training in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course and will continue to help you refine your judgment and proficiency under realistic conditions that can best be achieved in the dynamic nature of an actual river trip.

Your instructor Scott Fisher is an ACA certified advanced swiftwater rescue and advanced whitewater kayak instructor and has provided instruction to hundreds of individuals, including paddlers, outfitter guides, firefighters, rescue personnel and staff of youth camps.


• Reinforce skills leaned in the Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course

• Practice skills during multiple scenarios

• Refine and extend critical judgment through multiple scenarios

• Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

COURSE PREREQUISITES Students are required to have completed an ACA Basic Swiftwater Rescue Course and should be comfortable on Class III water.  All paddle craft are welcome.  Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.  Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

MINIMUM PERSONAL GEAR: 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 prusik loops (2 x 6-8 feet pieces of 4-5 millimeter polypropylene cord)

Where: Nolichucky Gorge

When: August 26; optional knot-tying practice evening prior Aug 25th for those interested)

Cost: $85; APEs members can deduct $10; ACA members can further deduct $5

         (Non-Refundable after August 19th unless replacement found)

Time: Sat: 8:00 A.M.–6:00 P.M. (EST); optional knot-tying Fri eve 7:00-9:00 P.M.

Lodging Options: Camping is available at Riverpark Campground or Nolichucky Gorge Campground, reserve with either campground directly.  Closest hotel is Mountain Inn & Suites, 2002 Temple Hill Rd, Erwin, TN (423) 743-4100.

Class Size: Class will be limited to 10 participants

REGISTRATION:  There are two ways to register:

1. Online: Register online at http://www.riverapes.org/registration.html. After submitting your registration you will be directed to http://www.riverapes.org/paypal-1.html to pay for the course using PayPal.  Your online registration will also double for your APE’s membership form.

2. MailClick Here to download the PDF Registration Form and mail in with payment made out to APEs to Scott Fisher: 109 Highland Gate Dr., Johnson City, TN 37615 by 8/19/2017.   No need to fill out and send in a separate membership form.  Your registration form will also double for your APE’s membership form.

ONLINE NOTE: Courses not listed in Registration Course Menu are full.  Please contact Scott at scottfisher00@gmail.com to be placed on waiting list.

Questions: Feel free to contact Scott at (276) 698-4644 or e-mail scottfisher00@gmail.com