ACA Level 3 River Rescue and Safety: September 2024



ACA: Level 3 – River Rescue and Safety

in Roanoke, VA, September 23, 2024

Course Overview: The River Safety and Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as entrapment, and pins, also are taught. This course is aimed at whitewater boaters interested in learning fundamental river rescue skills.

Course Objectives:
• Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.
• Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.
• Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.
• Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents
• Practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment

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