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Safety class offered for recreational boating

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Today at Jefferson Springs Recreation area in Smyrna, kayakers are learning some lifesaving skills. Today at Jefferson Springs Recreation area in Smyrna, kayakers are learning some lifesaving skills.
SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -

It has been a deadly year for kayakers on Tennessee waterways.

Instructors say they want people to have fun, but they also want everyone to come home at the end of the day.

On Saturday, kayakers gathered at Jefferson Springs Recreation area in Smyrna, where they learned lifesaving skills. Rescue for Rec Boaters is a two-day, entry level safety course.

It teaches how kayakers can rescue themselves and others if they get in a bit of a jam.

Instructors offer one-on-one interaction with students, and students are immersed in real life scenarios -like what to do if a kayak flips.

Most fatalities involve people not wearing a life jacket.

Already this year four kayakers have died.

“It’s been a really rough year for paddlers in Tennessee,” explained Gary Weatherford, president of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association. “We've lost a higher than normal amount of paddlers out on the water that are no longer with us because of things they probably could have prevented. So, getting training like this helps them be prepared and prevents those types of mishaps.”

Rescue for Rec Boaters is kayakers, canoeists, and stand-up paddlers who plan on paddling flat water lakes and slow-moving rivers.

Sunday, the second day of the course, will take place on the Harpeth River.

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