Published DateCONWAY — The White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team (WMSRT) and American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Mike Gatewood are offering an ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Course on the weekend of June 29 and 30.
Proceeds from the course will go to support the WMSRT.
The course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for assisting persons in distress. Emphasis is placed on personal safety and simple rescue techniques. Skills will include hazard assessment, hydrology and river reading, dealing with boat pins and entrapments, strainers, rescue vest applications, throw bag use, and basic rope work.
Practice scenarios provide participants the opportunity to develop individual and team rescue skills.
The course will take place on local rivers in the Mount Washington Valley. Course cost is $150, and includes a pasta cookout Saturday evening and light breakfast Sunday morning.
The White Mountain Swiftwater Rescue Team is a local non-profit organization that offers the specialized technical skills, training, knowledge, and experience of the White Mountain whitewater paddling community to support the search, rescue, and recovery operations of federal, state, and local rescue agencies and organizations on the rivers of the White Mountain region. Through education, outreach, and advocacy, the WMSRT seeks to minimize the number of swiftwater and flood related incidents.