L4 Swift Water Rescue Course ○ Glasgow, VA

ITE ACA Logo Register NowThis 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.

Course 1: 8.18.18-8.19.18 (2 days)
Course 2: 9.29.18-9.30.18 (2 days)
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Tuition: $115 with paid deposit 30 days prior to course / $135 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 25 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

Optional Equipment:

  • 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.

There are several campgrounds in the Glasgow, VA area which can be found with an internet search.

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This class is insured through the American Canoe Association and made possible in part by the Coastal Canoeists.

Wilderness First Aid / CPR:

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