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Swiftwater Safety and Rescue Clinic- May 1st only

River Safety and Rescue Class

Casey Garland will again present a course on river safety and rescue techniques. Casey has 40 years of experience as a river rafting outfitter and guide.  Happily retired, Swift Water Rescue Technician Master Instructor and responsible for introducing swift water rescue training in Washington, Oregon, Canada, Japan and Taiwan.  When he's not working on his new home, or on an expedition river trip, he loves sharing his knowledge with kayakers and rafters.

This class is great for a beginning whitewater kayaker, or even a kayaker looking to tune up their rescue skills.

May 1st (9am - 5pm)
Maximum 11 participants *subject to COVID restrictions

Course Topics:
The course will prioritize life saving techniques.  We will focus on rescue equipment typically carried whilst on the river, and how it should be used in a rescue situation. 
  1. Throw bags (dry land)
  2. Crossing swift current (alone, group only if vaccinated)
  3. Throw bags (live bait)
  4. Aggressive swimming through rapids without boat/paddle
  5. Techniques used while swimming into a log on the river - a large diameter pipe is used to simulate a log, you will learn all techniques of how to swim into, under, over, and learn to walk-off the end of it (see slideshow below)
  6. Rescuing swimmer from opposite shore, or midstream rock
  7. Rescuing someone in a pinned kayak / strategy to get them out

Options if time permits:
Releasing kayak stuck in a hole
Z-drag (anchors, prusiks)
Rollling tips - bring a boat if desired (not necessary)

Student pre-course work:
To ensure maximum benefit from the course, participants should be able to confidently tie a water, figure of 8, bowline knots and a prusik knot, as well as set up a basic 3:1 mechanical advantage z-drag system.  To assist you, we have created and attached a 'knots/anchor/belay how to' document.  Click on the buttons below and be sure you are ready for class..
WKC WW Rescue Course - Knots and Anchors   
WKC WW Rescue Course - Z-drag and Vector 

All rescue gear you carry in your kayak (throw rope, carabiners, pulley, prusik loop, webbing, etc.)
Dress warm for being in the river

$50    (1/2 off if you lead just 1 WKC Trip in 2021, reimbursed after you have completed your 2021 WKC Trip)
$100  (Full price)

Once you have completed your trip, contact WKC Safety Chair 

WKC Swiftwater Rescue Course

Saturday, May 1, 2021, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
Cedar River Landsburg Park
Landsburg, WA  
Additional Info:
Aaron McLaughlin
WW Clinic
Registration is closed - Event is full
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Covid Protocol: clinic will follow Covid best practices. Participants must wear a mask that covers mouth and nose when in group settings and/or maintain social distancing
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