A one-day workshop that covers the essential topics of river rescue. Information is tied together at the end of the course with a mock rescue scenario. Course objectives will include:

  • Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries
  • Develop and practice key self-rescue skills
  • Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features
  • Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents
  • Practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment
  • Course practical skills will take place on Class II whitewater

General Information

Course Length

8 hours / 1 day

Prerequisites

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities listed in the course outline while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other course participants
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion
  • Comfort in class II whitewater preferred

Certifications Received

Certificate of Completion.

Continuing Education

None.

Packing List

ACA Gear List

Course Expectations

Course Objectives:

  • Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.
  • Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.
  • Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.
  • Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents
  • Practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment
  • The morning session each day will be on dry land or in a classroom setting with outdoor skills practice, preparing for the afternoon sessions out on the river
Students who are active ACA members at the time of their course can request a Skills Assessment from their instructor. Because of commuting time to and from river sites, participants should plan to pack their lunches each day, to maximize time in class. Bringing plenty of snacks and water, layers and dry clothes is important, as folks get cold each afternoon with the amount of time in the water practicing skills. Please review the ACA Gear List to best prepare for a comfortable experience. There are no examination requirements at the close of this course, however attendance, participation, acquisition of skills, and ability to work in a group will be monitored throughout the course. Class will end between 5PM and 6PM on the last day of the course. Please do not plan to leave before then, or make travel plans requiring an earlier departure or you will risk certification.

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