Free Locking Class


Saturday, March 27, 2023

locking through the Chickamauga Dam

Boaters, our Free Locking Class is your chance to learn all about locking through the dam – what to do, and what not to do. Space is very limited. REGISTER NOW!

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Frequently asked questions

At Erwin Marine Sales’ Chattanooga location by the Chickamauga Dam. 

3001 Kings Point Road, Chattanooga, TN

Free! Really, it’s free. You will have the option to donate to SPARC. But it’s optional.

You can find out more about SPARC here.

The Locking Class is perfect for new boaters. It’s also an excellent refresher course the more experienced boaters.

Depending on the number of participants, the class from start to finish is about 3 hours.

We will spend about an hour in our showroom learning detailed instruction from the Chickamauga Dam’s Lockmaster. There is also some time for questions.

Then, we head to the dock for a lock-through demonstration with Erwin Marine Sales’ crew and vessel(s). Participants will have a chance to go actually through the locks.

No, our experienced captains will pilot the class to the dam on our vessel(s).

No. We will have an adequate number of life jackets onboard.

We ask you to register so we can prepare chairs for the class, enough boats ready to lock through, and enough life jackets onboard.

Also, there are a limited number captains available to pilot the boat(s) through the lock. We also have to be sure we have enough coffee for everyone.

We generally offer two locking classes every year – one in March and the other on the weekend before the Riverbend Festival.

Details on the second class coming soon.

Call or text us at 423-933-2630 or click here to email us.