Swiftwater Rescue with The River Company

Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech

SWIFTWATER

MAY 27th - 29th, 2017
Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech
$295 ADULT
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Prerequisites:

  • 18 years of age
  • Adequate health insurance coverage
  • Basic swimming ability and in good physical condition
  • Type III or V Life Jacket and whitewater gear

Required Equipment needed:

  • Full wetsuit or drysuit
  • Helmet
  • USCG Type III or V approved life jacket/ PFD
  • Thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes, Must be closed-toe
  • Gloves are optional but helpful in cold water
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with

THIS COURSE HAS IT ALL: This jam packed course is aimed at Professional Rescuers: Whitewater Guides, Trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Themes of this dynamic course revolve around recognition of hazards, critical judgment, and rescue awareness. Emphasis is placed heavily on self-rescue techniques and approaching rescue scenarios simply and safely. Apply new and refined skills in mock-rescue scenarios using a minimal amount of gear. These scenarios create an opportunity for participants to practice skills individually and with a team context. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience. Topics covered include extricating pins, using rescue vests, managing strainers, dealing with entrapment, and proficient swimming skills. This course is delivered by American Canoe Association certified instructors and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the ACA in Swiftwater Rescue: Level 5.

  • Hydrology and utilizing existing water dynamics.
  • Identifying hazards and managing them effectively.
  • Executing shallow water crossings utilizing various techniques.
  • Self-rescue: swimming whitewater and maneuvering to negotiate river hazards and obstacles.
  • Approaching Contact Rescues and Live-Bait Rescue considerations.
  • Rescuing and extricating a patient from the water.
  • Handling small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on a tether.
  • Understanding rescue team organization, responsibilities of law-enforcement, and on-scene leadership.
  • Utilizing rescue equipment to set up technical rope systems.