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Swiftwater Safety and Rescue Clinic - May 14th only -- CANCELED

River Safety and Rescue Class 2023

I'm excited to share that Don Martin from River Recreation will again be providing our 2023 River Safety and Rescue Training class. 

Location and time will be provided the week prior; location will be based on river flows. 

General Admin 
There will be lots of standing around and multiple river swims, so please ensure you dress appropriately; a drysuit is mandatory, as well as full PPE. Bring lunch, snacks, hot drinks and plenty of water to stay hydrated.

We would appreciate your feedback after the course as this enables us to tweak future course content to ensure your needs are met. 

Don Martin has been involved in whitewater rafting and kayaking for 30 years, is a level 4 American Canoe Association river rescue instructor, and has rafted and kayaked rivers from Alaska to Peru and everywhere in between.  Don currently owns River Recreation, a commercial rafting company in Monitor, Washington, the only factory-authorized repair facility in Washington state.  

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

May 13th (9am - 5pm)
Maximum 11 participants 

Course Topics:
The course will prioritize life saving techniques.  The focus will be on rescue equipment typically carried whilst on the river, and how it should be used in a rescue situation. 

  1. Hazard avoidance and recognition
  2. Swimming in rivers and rapids
  3. Rescue priorities
  4. Risk assessment
  5. Self-rescue / group rescue priorities
  6. Throw bags
  7. Contact rescues
  8. Foot entrapment drill
  9. Shallow water crossings
  10. Incident emergency assessment and mitigation.
  11. Hypothermia

Options if time permits:

Medical conditions and other valuable topics.

River, location will be confirmed the week prior to the course.

All rescue gear you carry in your kayak (throw rope, carabiners, pulley, prusik loop, webbing, etc.)
Lunch. Please dress warmly: you will be getting wet and likely to swim.

$139  (Full price)
$89   ($50 reimbursement if you lead just 1 WKC Trip in 2023)

River education, knots you should be familiar with:
To assist during rescue situations, paddlers should be able to confidently tie water, figure of 8, bowline and prusik knots. For your assistance, 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 


WKC Swiftwater Rescue Course

Sunday, May 14, 2023, 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
TBC, the no later than the Thursday prior to the training
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Aaron McLaughlin
WW Clinic
Registration is not Required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Cancellation Policy:
Once your clinic registration is confirmed, all fees are non-refundable. However, if we are able to fill your spot on the roster, from the waitlist, we will refund your clinic registration fees only, minus processing fees.
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