This clinic is all kayakers, canoeist, rafters and duckie captains.
Somewhere, at sometime you will wish you knew what to do in a river emergency. Just rescuing gear can turn into a nightmare, never mind rescuing a person. Quick response time and the knowledge to set up a rescue safely are skills you should have as a boater. Make this the year to bring your rescue skills to a higher level. Friends owe it to friends to be capable of river rescue. All rescue equipment is provided. Boating gear may be rented. Kayakers must be of Class II-III ability. Rescue lifejackets are considered personal equipment and are highly recommended. This clinic qualifies as an ACA sanction course. Day 1 Introduction, equipment needed for rescues, how to handle a rescue situation, equipment vs life, throw bag rescues, tow systems, swimmer/boat/paddle, walking in rapids, unconscious swimmer rescue, anchors, Z-Drags, and floating platform rescue Day 2 Bridge abutment rescue, unwrapping a kayak/raft, vertical pins, ankle entrapment, mock rescues, test, and rescue evaluation.
Locations, Dates and Times:
Location: Colorado River near Dotsero, CO
How to handle a rescue situation
Equipment needed for rescues
Equipment vs life threat
Throw Bag Rescues
Tow Systems: swimmer/boat/paddle
Walking in Rapids
Unconscious swimmer rescue
River Extrication Backboards
Floating platform rescue
Anchors and Z drags
Bridge Abutment Rescue gaining access
Unwrapping a kayak/raft
Run mock rescues
Note: This clinic will be customized based on river features, water levels and students needs and skills.
What to bring:
-Lots of water
-Lunch and Snacks
-Pen, paper and clip board
-Kayak, Raft IK or Canoe all with supplementary floatation
-The water is very cold and you will be in it for long periods of time
-Warm layers (Drytop and pants, wetsuit, or drysuit recommended)
-Skull cap, gloves and good foot wear
-Warm dry clothing for when you are off the water
-River Rescue Gear to bring:
-Knife (one hand accessible)
-Throw Bag (1 or more) At least 60’
-Carabineers (4 or more) At least 1 locking and wire gates recommended for non locking
-Prussic Loop (3 or more) 1/3 diameter cordelette 15” or 3 premade prussics in different lengths
-1" Tubular Webbing (1-8’ and 1-20’)
-Dry suit – Highly Recommended
-Rescue PFD w/tether – recommended but not required
-Pulley (1 or more)
-First Aid Kit (contents based on your training and remoteness of trip)
-Please bring anything you normally use or have invented
-Rescue books and knot books that you like
-Breakdown Paddle (not everyone needs a spare paddle)
From Denver: Take I-70 to the Dotsero exit (exit 133), about 130 miles. After taking the off ramp, turn right onto the frontage road going west for about 100 yards. The meeting place is in a dirt lot on the right of the road named Dotsero Landing, immediately before you get to the Colorado River. If you cross the river you've gone too far. The dirt parking lot is on the upstream side of the frontage road next to the river. This class begins at 9am.
Eagle County charges a $5 per vehicle parking fee at Dotsero Landing. Please bring cash for the fee and display parking pass on the dash of the vehicle.
All hotels and camp grounds are based solely on proximity to the class. We have no affiliation nor do we endorse any of the following hotels or camp grounds. We do not offer any accommodations. Below are a few of the many option available.