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Swiftwater Rescue for Whitewater Paddlers

Bryson City, NC
from $275
Two-day courses offered through spring and fall

Gain the skills and confidence needed for swiftwater rescue situations. This course is great for paddling enthusiasts or professional paddlers to learn river safety and rescue.

14+ Years Old
2 Days
Practicing using the throwrope during the ACA Kayak Instructor Training Levels 3 & 4 course
Instructor and guests during the ACA Kayak Instructor Training Levels 3 & 4 course
Practicing using the throwrope during the ACA Kayak Instructor Training Levels 3 & 4 course
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Overview

Geared toward the modern-day river runner, we have cherry-picked more progressive and advanced skills we deem necessary for today’s paddler while meeting and exceeding all ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue criteria. Our instructors go a step further teaching participants how to manage realistic river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using techniques performed with minimal equipment. This course covers the criteria of an ACA Level 4 Two-Day AND goes above and beyond with additional techniques and skills.

Because of the intensity of this course, participants are encouraged to consider the below requirements before signing up.

What You’ll Learn

How to manage realistic river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using techniques performed with minimal equipment.

Skills You’ll Acquire

This course focuses on progressive and advanced rescue skills while meeting and exceeding all ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue criteria.

This course is offered in a group setting teaching participants how to manage real life river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using minimal equipment. The group and individuals will get real life scenarios to work through, with all instruction and practice taking place on the Nantahala River.

 

What to Expect

This course is offered in a group setting teaching participants how to manage real life river rescue situations that a paddler might experience using minimal equipment. The group and individuals will get real life scenarios to work through, with all instruction and practice taking place on the Nantahala River.

Dates

2021 Dates

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Jul 31-Aug 1, 2021 Bryson City, NC Book Now
Aug 14-15, 2021 Bryson City, NC Book Now
Sep 18-19, 2021 Bryson City, NC Book Now
Oct 9-10, 2021 Bryson City, NC Book Now

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Location

Address

51 NOC Way
Bryson City, NC 28713

NOC provides all course participants with the following:

  • Gear Bag, Paddling Jacket, Wetsuit, Booties, Webbing and Prusiks
  • In-Course Transportation
  • NOC’s Highly-Trained, ACA Certified Instruction

Boats (kayaks, canoes, rafts, etc.) will not be used for this program.

 

NOC provides all course participants with the following gear: gear bag, paddling jacket, wetsuit and booties, webbing, and prusiks. Participants are required to bring all other gear and equipment. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants at the Outfitter’s Store.

Necessary Items

  • Lunch (or money to purchase lunch)
  • Face Mask or Cloth Face Covering
  • Rescue Personal Flotation Device* or Standard PFD*
  • Throw Bag/Rope
  • 2 Locking Carabiners
  • Helmet
  • Shorts/Swimwear
  • Dry Suit (recommended, but not required)
  • Synthetic T-Shirts
  • Sunscreen/Lip Balm
  • Towel and Change of Clothes each day
  • Reusable Water Bottle
  • Clothing and Personal Items
  • Synthetic Long Underwear
  • Light Fleece Hoodie/Pullover

Optional Items

  • Nose Clips
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass Strap
  • Hat or Visor
  • Ear Plugs (if sensitive to water)

*NOC has some on-hand to borrow if needed

Because of the intensity of this course, participants should consider the following prerequisites:

  • Participants must be 14 years or older and accompanied by an adult if under 18.
  • Be in good physical condition – this is an active course and participants will be swimming.
  • Be proficient in self-rescue and swimming in Class II Whitewater.
  • Be familiar with throwing and repacking rope. Please practice before your course begins.
  • Have a solid understanding of river reading and hydrology.

Be familiar with the following knots prior to the course:

  • Figure Eight
  • Figure Eight Double Loop
  • Figure Eight Follow Loop
  • Water Knot
  • Double Fisherman

Meals, snacks, and beverages can be purchased at NOC’s two onsite restaurants or the General Store. Exclusive discounts are available for course participants.

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