We are ramping up for our July 19-20th Swiftwater Rescue Class with Aimee Norris. We look forward to having everyone join us for those two days and want to be sure that you are well prepared for the course, both in terms of equipment, and in terms of a bit of homework on your part. You will find attached to this email a variety of resources for you to look over and prepare for, prior to the class. I highly suggest not only reviewing the provided materials but also bring them with you to class for note taking and such. We are currently in the process of updating the course materials so some of this material will be amended with new course material. We will provide new class notes during/after this weekends class.
Finally, please note that we will be meeting each morning at the Get Your Gear On paid lot for class at 8A. Class will be conducted on the opposite side of the river and will promptly start under the pavilion each morning at 9A. Please have everything you will need with you for the day on that side of the river. It’s a good idea to have used the restroom facilities before class as there are only “facilitrees” on river right.
You can contact Aimee at firstname.lastname@example.org for any extra info, please join us for an amazing opportunity to train with international professionals LOCAL! If you decide to join Aimee can provide the extra emails to review before the class.
Risk and Release (Bring with you)
Cost $140 per person
Please spend some time learning these knots prior to the first class. Use this website for information/practice: http://www.animatedknots.com/
You will need to know the following:
Clove Hitch Figure 8 on a Bight
Double Fishermans (Barrel Knot) Sheet Bend
Water Knot Butterfly Knot
It is important to note we design this course to mitigate as much of the danger as possible, while still providing, as realistic of a scenario as possible. HOWEVER, any time spent on or near rivers and/or water, and/or practicing these skills involves inherent risk. You should be aware that participants are injured during these types of classes. Injuries may include, but are not limited to: bumps and bruises, scrapes, broken bones, heatstroke/hypothermia and more serious injuries including death.
Throughout the class, participants will be responsible for their own safety. Participants will NOT be forced to participate in any activity they feel is not safe for them. Challenge by Choice means that any participant can elect to forgo any part of this class without penalty. We design this course to mitigate as much of the danger as possible while still providing as realistic of a scenario as possible.
You should bring a packed lunch with you each day as we will break to re-energize mid-day each day. Be prepared to eat well and bring plenty of snacks and water for the course. This is a high energy, intensive and demanding clinic. Plan accordingly with your meals!
We are looking forward to seeing everyone soon, please do not hesitate to reply or call us with any pressing concerns, questions or comments!
Chris Wing | Founder and President
H2o Dreams LLC | Creative, Passionate, Driven
Common Sense Rescue for Kayakers - 2-Day Itinerary
From rescue vests to throw ropes to pin kits… do you know how to use the gear you’re carrying if you have to? We’re coming together to discuss, teach, and practice some of the most important skills you can have in whitewater kayaking: preventative safety. Focusing on the common sense aspect of whitewater safety and rescue, this class will center on prevention and risk vs consequence negotiation as well as rescue and recovery. Held on a real river, this class will create real-life scenarios that boaters can and will likely encounter at some point in their boating careers. H2o Dreams is committed to safety and responsibility, and by creating adversity in a controlled environment, we hope to foster diligent and proactive boating as well as swift, thoughtful decision making skills. Join us as we combine our passion for whitewater kayaking with more than a decade of experience to go beyond your average swift water rescue class and keep your safety and rescue skills sharp and present.
There is a special emphasis on techniques being presented from simple to complex and then getting practical use in scenarios.
08:00 – 09:00 – Arrival, Waivers and Medical Forms, Relocate to Class Location
09:00 – 09:15 – Introductions/Expectations/Challenge by Choice
09:15 – 09:30 – Hazards and Hydrology, Prevention vs. Reaction
09:30 – 10:00 – Rescue Philosophy, Simple to Complex, Reach-Throw-Row-Go
10:00 – 12:00 – Self-rescue (swimming), boat based rescue, wading techniques
12:00 – 01:00 – Lunch, Throw Ropes, 2 Ropes, and Rope Signals
01:00 – 01:30 – Scenario 1
01:30 – 03:00 – Anchors, rescue vests, contact rescues (groups of 3 rotate)
03:00 – 05:00 – Mechanical Advantage and Line Ferries
05:00 – 06:00 – Scenario 2
08:00 – 09:00 – Arrival, Review, Questions
09:00 – 10:00 – Strainers (Strainer Bar)
10:00 – 12:00 – Pin, Entrapments and Stabilization
12:00 – 01:00 – Lunch
01:00 – 02:00 – Scenario 3
02:00 – 03:30 – V-Lower and Line Crossings
03:30 – 05:00 – Final Scenario
REVIEW AND CLOSING
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