Swift Water Rescue • Part B


Swift Water Rescue • Part B

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Swift Water Rescue • Part B: First Aid
Ages 16+

This is a three day of 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 focussing on first aid 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 communication 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 their river reading ability, improving your river safety and accident prevention. Most importantly each person will get a hands on experience 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 you experience with part two of a three part course we will be meeting at 1211 - 2 ave south Friday night from 6:00 - 9:00pm where we will be covering the theory elements of the course and discussing proper gear and safety focussing on first aid treatment and group dynamics for the upcoming event. Day two we will be meeting at Highlevel at 8:00 AM and heading up to the Castle River. This day will consist of many factors starting with understanding the river. We will also be focussing on a leadership role 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 priority in this course and extensively covered, beginning with various river hazards, swimming in current, two person and self rescues, hypothermia, trip planning, river classification, signals and whistles and good boat control. After completing our run we will return to Highlevel at approximately 6:00pm. Day three we will be meeting at Highlevel at 8:00AM and travel to the Castle River were the work will begin. This day will consist of all participants taking a very hands on approach to every application of dealing with paddlers in various forms of medical distress. We wil 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 will helping build confidence and self esteem. from here you will have the chance to advance your training with our continued education programs and establish more confidence on the water. The certified instructors at Highlevel Canoes andKayaks 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 instil 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
Level three required
basic first aid and CPR

change of clothes and towel
lunch with a couple bottles of water
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 classification and grading
safety measures and escape routs
communication skills and signals
river safety lecture
arm signals no paddle
wet exits
small eddy turns, edge control , ferrying, jet ferrying
river t rescue
moving water roll
self rescue
drowning and secondary drowning
dislocation, shoulder
evacuation, kayak raft
potential spinal
abdominal injury
head injury
broken leg
lightning strike
immobilizing stretcher
heat stroke, dehydration
unexpected group in trouble
gps location
swimming out casualties with head, stabilization or spinal
stars range
vehicular evacuation
EMS response location and access
night conditions and weather
kayak raft evacuation
common injuries
leadership group dynamics
Epi-pen bee sting and allergies
snake bite
retrieving swimmers
incident commander, upstream spotter, support backup, rescue team, downstream containment
rapid swim with casualty
emergency action plan

Required Gear:
students should have all required and properly, fitted boating and safety gear

gear list:
properly fitted boat, suitable for the conditions
rescue pfd or outfitted quick release tether
thermal gear suitable for conditions
throw rope
paddle and spare paddle
waterproof light
phone gps
incident log book
first aid kit
extra clothes
extra water and food

all paddling gear can be provided if not available