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This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform swift water rescues. The course will focus on using rescue equipment such as throw ropes and the rescue pfd. There will be an emphasis on swimming in current, tethered rope rescues, rescue wading and boat rescues.
To provide the knowledge to perform swift water rescues, as well as decision making skills during a swift water rescue. Rescue swimming and rope management are integral to this course.
Kayak or canoe paddlers who paddle on Class 2 and above water
Your own food (snacks, lunch, liquids), suitable paddling gear for air and water temperatures (dress for getting wet, have towels and dry clothes for after), helmet, kayak or canoe paddle suitable for moving water use (possible rocks), whitewater kayak or whitewater useable canoe, air bags/flotation in kayak or canoe, spray skirt for whitewater kayak unless a sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Please bring any additional rescue equipment you might have such as throw rope, carabiners, pulleys or webbing that you prefer to use over the equipment provided.
Skills needed to take the class
This is not a whitewater kayak or canoe skills course, so individuals should have the ability to kayak or canoe independent of the class with the ability to self -rescue. Boating skills that are highly desirable is the ability to ferry in current, perform eddy turns and peel outs. If using a kayak with a spray skirt a kayak role is highly desirable, wet exiting is required. The ability to swim is required.
Main goal of this course
To make no more victims, so having basic rescue knowledge is essential. This course will introduce new techniques for those unfamiliar with swift water rescue and provide a re-fresher for those experienced rescuers.
Full refunds if class is canceled due to weather or water levels.
For additional questions contact Glenn Harman – lead instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginner classes. This class is a joint effort between the Iowa DNR and the City of Des Moines parks and Recreation Department. Todd Robertson from the Iowa DNR will be the instructor for all classes. Contact Todd Robertson at the email below to get signed up through the city of Des Moines website. Classes are $25.
Naturalists who take groups on trips or who are expected to conduct kayak instruction. About 1/3 classroom, and 2/3 on-water, the focus is on skills, hazard and river feature identification, teaching to different learning styles, and risk management.