Ages: 14 - 16
To be a rescuer takes more then perfecting a specialized skillset: it is a mindset and a way of being, being of service to others, being observant and present in the moment, being at the right place at the right time, taking calculated risks and making well-thought-out split-second decisions, decisions that could save lives. Our first-ever week-long river rescue course offered to students will begin with developing a thorough understanding of the power of moving water, it’s currents, eddies, obstructions, constrictions and other obstacles hidden from sight of an untrained eye. We will focus on swimming in turbulent current and moving safely up and down the rapids in order to reach the person and equipment in need of help. Next we will focus on recovering swimmers and boats. Special focus will be placed on broached boat recovery and studying haul systems and associated knots and rope techniques. Finally, we will cover foot entrapment and hydraulic recovery. On the last day of the course students will take part in complex simulated rescue requiring all of their new-learned skills, teamwork and leadership.