Swift Water Rescue • Part A

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Swift Water Rescue • Part A

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Swift Water Rescue • Part A: Lead, Read, and Rescue
Ages 16 and up

This is a three days of a three part program designed to cover overall swiftwater rescue situations. This portion of the course will offer an introduction into a greater understanding of moving water and dealing with emergency situations while assuming a leadership role. We will cover theoretical knowledge and practical experience in developing your river confidence, dealing with emergency situations. In addition students will be developing their communicatoin skills, technical skills, decision making skills, interpersonal relationship skills, teamwork skills and leadership skills. Students will also obtain a greater understanding of moving water while developing your river reading ability, improving your river safety and accident prevention. Most importantly each person will get a hands on experience at practising swift water rescue including self rescue and assisting others, promoting the decision making process enabling you to evaluate swift water emergency situations you may find yourself in all while minimizing the risk on the water.

To begin your experience with part one of a three part course we will be meeting at 1211 - 2 ave south Friday from 6:00-9:00pm where we will be covering the theory elements of the course and discussing proper gear and safety for the upcoming event. Day two will be meeting at High Level Canoes and Kayaks at 8:00am and heading up  to the St Marys River. This day will consist of many factors starting with understanding the river. We will also be  focusing on leadership roles while becoming comfortable with your environment.  We will also be going over river hydrology and morphology and how this changes the boat reactions. River safety will be a prioity in this course and extensively covered, beginning with various river hazzards, swimmin in current, two person and self rescues, hypothermia, trip planning, river classification, signals and whisltes and good boat control. After completing our run we will return to High Level Store at approximately 6:00pm.  Day three we will be meeting at Highlevel at 8;00 AM and travel to the St Marys  River where the work will begin. This day will consist of all participants taking a very hands on approach to every application of dealing with paddlers needing various forms of assistance. We will also make sure you understand that you should only paddle at or below your skill level to ensure safe and happy river experiences. 

This experience will teach you a variety of advanced skills in a safe  approach wihile helping build confidence and self esteem. From here you will hae the chance to advance your training wiht our continued education programs and establish more confidence on the water. The certified instructors at Highlevel Canoes and Kayaks are trained in instructing paddlers of all ages and will lead you through age related skills and drills with lots of thrills. At the same time we strive  to instill upon all participants the importance of safe paddling in all water related activities.(and a reminder you will be getting wet)


  • age 16+
  • Good swimming skills required
  • real world master paddlers plus level three required
  • basic first aid and cpr
  • Requirements:
  • change of clothes and towel
  • lunch with a couple of bottles of water
  • swimwear
  • preregistration and waiver
  • medical provisions that maybe pertinent for the staff

(all information is kept confidential)

Techniques covered:

  • leading and sweeping
  • river reading
  • setting up boats and gear
  • weather and physical conditions
  • morphology and hydrology
  • river classifaction and grading
  • saftey measures and escape routes
  • communication skills and signals
  • river safety lecture
  • arm signals no paddle
  • wet exits
  • small eddy turns, edge control, ferrying, jet ferrying
  • river t rescues
  • moving water roll
  • self rescue
  • boat bump
  • towing swimmer
  • towing capsized boat
  • paddle chuck
  • retrieving swimmers
  • retrieving boats and gear
  • incident commander upstream spotter, support backup, rescue team, downstream containment
  • swimmer on rock
  • pinned paddler inboat
  • rapid swim
  • eddy roll while swimming
  • paddle assisted swim
  • simmer tipping recovers boat
  • throw bag
  • river crossing solos, 2 people 3 people wedge, circle
  • lef tie
  • foot entrapment
  • pfd entrapment
  • swim over obstacle
  • emergency action plan

Required Gear:
students should have all required and properly fitted boating and saftey gear
gear list:

  • properly fitted boat, suitable for the conditions
  • rescue pfd or outfitted quick release tether
  • helmet
  • themal gear suitable for conditions
  • boots
  • whistle
  • throw rope
  • sponge
  • paddle and spare paddle
  • waterproof light
  • phone gps
  • incident log report book
  • first aid kit
  • extra clothes
  • extra water and food

all paddling gear can be provided if not available


*transportation can be provided to and from High Level Store