TRR Johnson City Whitewater Rescue courses

“As a veteran himself, helping other veterans is an issue that’s “near and dear” to Scott Fisher, founder of the Nolichucky Outdoor Learning Institute.

So, when the opportunity arose to partner with Team River Runner — a non-profit dedicated to providing on-river recreational therapy for veterans — to provide whitewater safety and rescue training to veterans for free, Fisher was “super excited to be involved.”

“We will always do whatever we can to help these guys out, even if it’s not in any way profitable to us,” Fisher said of veterans, “It’s important that we look out for these folks.”


On Saturday and Sunday, around a dozen vets from four states and about a half-dozen Team River Runner chapters will make the trip to Erwin to take part in the class, which Fisher said has the potential to have an exponential impact as the trainees disseminate the skills they learned back in their home communities.”

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