River and Flood Water Rescue  (Technician Level) - Training - Swiftwater Rescue

  Northern California Specialized Training

Available:  January - December


River and Flood Water Rescue (Technician Level)

American River (South Fork)

   Trip Description

It is an intensive three-day, 24- to 30-hour class. It has one day of classroom instruction followed by two days developing and practicing water rescue skills. The initial emphasis is on self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at such subjects as water dynamics, handling hazards and obstacles, using basic rescue equipment, setting up technical rope systems, controlling in-water contact rescues, pre-planning; rescue and recovery management; specific problems which arise with floods; rescue from class IV-VI whitewater; advanced hydrology; raising/lowering systems; stokes litter management; ; a night mock Search and Rescue (SAR) problem and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as the possibility of self-rescue.

  • Trip Duration: 3.00 days
  • Destination: 
  • Region: California
  • Price Range:  $251-$450 per person
  • Experience: 
  • Difficulty:   Intermediate
  • Minimum Age: 18
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Trip Start Dates:
10-24-2008, 10-25-2008, 10-26-2008

Special Features:
Prerequisites: 18 years of age Adequate health insurance coverage Basic swimming ability In good physical condition Equipment Needed: Full wetsuit or drysuit Lightweight water or kayak helmet USCG Type III or V approved lifejacket/ PFD Thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes Gloves are optional but helpful in cold water

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