This course covers the ACA’s full L4 SWR Curriculum including the Z Drag, Rescue Vest, Cinches, and scenarios with a dummy. There is an emphasis on preparation and prevention as well as hazard recognition and avoidance throughout the course since an accident that is prevented is better than a successful rescue. This course meets or exceed the 1006 standard set forth by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA 1006 Chapter 12 Levels 1 & 2).
If you can’t make this course, find the next one HERE.
Cost (Includes Camping and Dinner Saturday):
This course is offered as a benefit of membership in the Foothills Paddling Club. You must be a member to attend. Go HERE to join.
Tuition: $100 with paid deposit 30 days prior to course / $115 if paid deposit 15 days prior to course / $130 after that.
L4 SWR Course Requirements:
- A reasonable level of comfort paddling and swimming Class II-III rapids (no combat roll required)
- Paddle craft suitable for paddling Class II-III whitewater (spray skirt, flotation if appropriate) – canoes, SUP’s and rafts are welcome
- Helmet and PFD in good condition (does not need to be a rescue PFD)
- (1) piece of 1” tubular webbing 20 ft. long with the ends melted to prevent fraying
- (3) locking carabiners – (“Keylock nose” preferred-make sure these do not have any steel components)
- (2) pieces of 5 or 6 mm accessory cord 72” long with the ends melted to prevent fraying (It’s OK if these are already tied in to prussik loops.)
- Appropriate clothing to be in Class II-III rapids for several hours continuously. Because of long periods in the water, SWR classes are much colder days on the river than a typical paddling day. This class will be on both dry land and in the water so layers that you can add / remove easily are a good idea. Also, students might want to consider wearing long pants or leggings to protect from river rocks.
- Suitable footwear that will remain on and protect your feet when wading and swimming in the river (sandals or Crocs are not recommended).
- Food, water, sunscreen, and whatever else you need for two FULL days of learning in an outdoor setting.
- A towel and dry clothes for after class
- Throwbag if you have one. If you do not have one, I have several to loan
- Although not a course requirement, a first aid kit is recommended for anyone on the river.
This course will be conducted on the Nolichucky and based out of the Riverpark Campground. Group tent camping fees are included in the course tuition and reservations have already been made.
Dinner will be provided on Saturday evening by the Foothills Paddling Club. The campground provides a great breakfast for $6 on Saturday and maybe Sunday as well.
Meet Time and Place:
We will get started Saturday morning at 9:00 am at the campground pavilion.
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This class is insured through the American Canoe Association and made possible in part by the Coastal Canoeists.
You’ve executed the rescue but now have an injured patient to treat and possibly evacuate. Get the medical skills you need to help the injured HERE.