Swiftwater Rescue is for Everyday!
Happily, paddling whitewater is mostly a safe sport. But, being prepared for emergencies is clearly important.
Luckily, the payoff for doing our part to be prepared, knowledgeable and skillful paddlers and rescuers doesn’t wait for an emergency: it happens immediately.
Even if we never need to set up a Z-drag to unpin a boat, set-up a stabilization line for a foot entrapment, or use a tethered swimmer rescue, the experience gained by learning and practicing these skills inevitably increases our comfort and confidence on the water.
The subtle dance between fear and excitement is an experience all paddlers can relate to, whether a beginner on Class II or a seasoned Class V gnar-stomper.
Learning and practicing rescue skills is a great way to build confidence, decrease anxieties, and enjoy our river time feeling empowered and in the flow!