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Various Swiftwater Rescue Classes

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Various Swiftwater Rescue Classes

Post by Wil on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 11:20 am

I thought I would start a new topic, to see if we could discuss the pros and cons of each of the three possible swiftwater courses and to see how many we have interested and when everyone would be available. After each option are some of my own opinions, so feel free to edit or say if something is wrong:

1) Classes by Remote Rescue Training (U of U based class)

Swiftwater Rescue Fundamentals Class (2 days - $140) - Looks to be classroom based with practical demonstrations, but doesn't make any mention of being in water.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (3 days - $400) - Looks to be in the classroom and then have some exercises on the water


2) Classes by Wilderness Rescue International (based on the Provo - link from Bill)

Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech ACA 3 day $295.00 - Doesn't make mention of classroom, but looks to be full of river days

Swiftwater Rescue Course 2 day $240 - Looks to be similar to the Level 5 class, but only 2 days instead of 3

Whitewater Rescue Technician (I assume 3 day, but it doesn't say) $320.00 - To me this looks to be the best out of all the classes available for what I as a private boater am looking for.

3) Do as Bill suggested and get a bunch of people together on the river and use our accumulated skills to bring everyone up to speed. Not sure what level of knowledge we have amongst us, but would definitely be the cheapest option. The dumb people like me can bring barley pops and Gatorades for the knowledgeable ones.


Again these are just opinions of mine, and are not based on anything except for my quick reading of the various websites. But it looks to me like the Wilderness Rescue International classes are the better deal, and seem to have more hands on training. I know I have some young kids that will be doing more and more rafting with me, that make me want to be a lot more proficient at this, because my knowledge on this is fairly low. I also owe it to the rest of you that I have kayaked with the past 6 months and hopefully many more times in the coming seasons to be there and well trained in case anyone ever needs help.

Again, just mean this to be a discussion thread, as we seem to have a decent number of people, so maybe we can have a course more tailored to what we are after, and may even be able to get a discounted rate.

Hope to see everyone safe on the water - Wil

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Re: Various Swiftwater Rescue Classes

Post by fredgoodsell on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 5:41 pm

Hey Wil,

I posted in the other thread with an explanation of our different courses. I did want to make it clear here that we spend a majority of our time during our courses in the water, practicing.

The Fundamentals course is 3 hours of classroom and 8-9 hours of in-the-river time.

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Re: Various Swiftwater Rescue Classes

Post by fredgoodsell on Thu 01 Mar 2012, 5:48 pm

Also, if you go to our course descriptions page HERE and click on a course title, it will give you a pdf with a more detailed description of the course.

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