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American Canoe Association (ACA) Swiftwater Rescue Course L4

The Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Course includes:

  • Transportation to and from River location
  • Rescue equipment
  • Med kit
  • Lunch

Participants need to bring: 

  • A $40 ACA Membership is required in order to receive a course completion certificate.
  • Swim attire (long periods of cold water submersion may occur)
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • Personal rescue gear including throw rope, PFD, carabiners, whistle, knife
  • Willingness to learn

Wet-suit rental available

Dates: Any two days, not Saturday

Duration: 8 hours / 2 days

Minimum Age: 18

Minimum Class Size: 6

Meals: lunch will be provided each day of instruction

Cost: $250

American Canoe Association (ACA) Swiftwater Rescue Course L4