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Swiftwater Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue Training

Canyon Voyages Adventure Company hosts Swiftwater Safety Institute Swiftwater Rescue Training classes every spring. Swiftwater Rescue class is open to rescue professionals, river guides, and private boaters. Space is limited to 12 students. This class fills up fast, register and make lodging reservations early as spring is a busy time for Moab. Instructors are Scott Solle and Lars Harr.

When: April 22, 23, 24 2016 in Moab, UT

Class Cost: $335 (Includes an internationally recognized 3 year Certificate of Completion)

Where: Moab, UT (Meet at Canyon Voyages warehouse, 1521 S. HWY 191 at 8:30 AM)

Registration: Contact Canyon Voyages (1-800-733-6007) – Full payment due at time of booking.
Here is our Online Registration Form
Prerequisites: Students must be physically capable.
Required Equipment: Type III or appropriate Type V PFD, Drysuit (no 2 piece), appropriate Helmet with skull cap or wool hat, Footwear with sturdy soles, Thermal Protection (warm fleece works best), and Eye protection (sunglasses with retainer). Canyon Voyages has a limited quantity of Drysuits for Rent ($60 for the 2 river days). Students can purchase drysuits, or other required equipment, through Canyon Voyages at 25% off MSRP. Canyon Voyages will order NRS or Kokatat drysuits with a price ranging from $500- $900 and must be ordered no later than March 15, 2016. You can contact Canyon Voyages at 800-733-6007 for advance purchases. PFDs and Helmets will be provided if needed.
First day of class will be in Moab and there will be a break for lunch. The 2nd and 3rd days are out on the river and students will need to bring a sack lunch. Transportation to and from the river are provided by CV. Don’t forget your sunscreen, water bottle and coffee cup; we’ll have hot beverages available in the mornings.

Objectives: SSI Rescue Philosophy – “Simple is smooth and smooth is fast,” Hazard Identification, Low-risk to high-risk rescue techniques, Self-rescue, Throwbag Rescues, Contact Rescues, Shallow Water Crossings, Hydrology, Medical Considerations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Technical Rescue Equipment (Repair and Maintenance), Knots & Anchors, Mechanical Advantage Systems, Swimming (Passive and Aggressive), Boat Pins (Course site dependent), Foot Entrapment Extrication, Strainers, Boat Tethered Systems. (Working on the river is a dynamic environment. Effort is made to cover each topic. Water levels, weather, student retention, and other elements may make some skills unworkable. No guarantees are made that all skills will be practically performed).

Testing: Students are required to prove competency through practical evaluation and written tests. Students will retain a carbon copy of core competency skills covered.

More Class Information: Contact Lead Instructor Scott Solle at scott@canyonvoyages.com (801) 560-9588. More class and instructor information available at the SSI website www.swiftwatersafetyinstitute.com

Print out this Class Outline if you would like to have a brief day to day break down.