This course emphasizes rescue knowledge and skills for class II river paddling and is aimed at all paddlers. The format is 2 days of both land-based/classroom topics and in-water river drills.
Participants should be prepared to dress for river activities—helmet, PFD, wetsuit (protects against bruising, bumps, and scrapes –full length recommended), wetsuit booties or river shoes, appropriate thermal protection commensurate with weather and temperature, and throw bag (extras available if needed). Bring your lunch, water, snacks, personal items, etc. Please be prepared for conditions cooler than expected.
Prerequisites: All paddle craft are welcome. Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver their craft in at least class II whitewater. However, all boaters, and non-boaters with an interest in swiftwater rescue (e.g., professional rescuers), will benefit from the class. Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills.
The minimum age for SWR is 14.
River site: Class II whitewater
Goals of the SWR class: