ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic

  • 08/22/2015
  • 8:00 AM
  • 08/23/2015
  • 6:00 PM
  • Dotsero Landing, Dotsero, CO
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Colorado Whitewater has partnered with Renaissance Adventure Guides for ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinics for only $175 this year which is over 25% off of list price!  This clinic is for all Colorado Whitewater members who are kayakers, canoeists, rafters, duckie captains or just like splashing around in the river. 

Somewhere, at sometime, you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Just rescuing gear can turn into a nightmare, never mind rescuing a person. Quick response time and the knowledge to set up a rescue safely are skills you should have as a boater. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level. Friends owe it to friends to be capable of river rescue.  Kayakers must be of Class II-III ability. Rescue lifejackets are considered personal equipment and are highly recommended. This clinic qualifies as an ACA sanctioned course.


Equipment needed for rescues
How to handle a rescue situation
Equipment vs life threat
Rescue organization
Lunch break
Throw Bag Rescues
Tow Systems: swimmer/boat/paddle
Walking in Rapids
Unconscious swimmer rescue
River Extrication Backboards
Zip lines
Floating platform rescue

Day 2:
Anchors for Z drags
Bridge Abutment Rescue and gaining access
Unwrapping a kayak/raft
Vertical pins
Ankle entrapment
Lunch break
Run mock rescues
Rescue evaluation

Note: This clinic will be customized based on river features, water levels and students needs and skills.

Recommended Gear List
Class participants should bring as much of this gear as they can)
River Rescue Book (book of your choice)
Kayak, Canoe, Raft or any other type of river water craft
Knife (one hand accessible)
Carabiners (4 or more)
Prussic Loop (3 or more)
Webbing (about 8')
Drybag to put rescue items in
Lifejacket with rescue belt
Tow Tether for Lifejackets with rescue belts
Throw Bag
Pulley (at least 2)
Warm clothing
Energy Food
First Aid Kit (contents based on paddlers training and remoteness of trip)
Duct Tape
Waterproof light

Optional Items
Gibbs Ascender (climbing ascender)
Rapid Air (compress air in cylinder for trapped boater)
Saw or wood cutting device
Z-Drag Crib card
Cell Phone
Signal mirror
Pocket Knife
Multi-plier tool
Bee Kit
Static Rope

The location of this class is dependent on river levels and weather.  Class will held on the front range MOST LIKELY be held at Waterton Canyon.  Location will be firmed up at the latest 1 week before class.

Questions about this class should be directed to Matt Rensel.

Colorado Whitewater is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  455 Sherman Street, Suite 300 Denver, CO 80203

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