Level 2

Pinned kayak. what now?

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Our advanced swiftwater rescue class is for intermediate to advanced whitewater kayakers. This class focuses on avoiding rescue situations and producing team leaders who can safely and efficiently lead a rescue and save lives. Your group will learn and practice advanced river running strategies and learn to communicate on the river using hand signals and proper scouting techniques. We will practice whitewater swimming in difficult currents to work on your ability to effectively self rescue in the event of a swim.

Setting safety and effective throw rope rescue will become natural for your group and will enhance your efficiency at running rivers. Our instructors will teach you from experience how to rescue pinned boats and gear as well as saving your friends when they are in trouble. The Downstream Edge advanced swiftwater rescue class will give you the most on-water training of any SWR class in Colorado. Say good-bye to boring dry-land instruction and learn from realistic on water scenarios designed to develop your group skills in intense rescue situations.

What to expect

This is a 2-day course, and expect two long wet days. We normally start each day around 9am and finish around 5pm. Your class may have up to an hour of dryland instruction before we get dressed and onto the river. DSE classes are very hands on, with almost no dryland instruction. We feel that you will learn better by actually practicing the skills and learning them in a realistic environment. The level 2 class will learn the following: Rescue swimming, setting safety, scouting, river reading, communication, leadership, self rescue, swimmer rescue, pinned boat rescue, and pinned/stranded swimmer rescues. The first day will consist mostly of learning skills while the second day will consist of mostly realistic scenarios setup by your instructor.

What to bring

Kayaking Gear
Warm layers (Drytop and pants, drysuit, or wetsuit recommended)
Good river shoes
Throw Rope
Rescue PFD w/tether – recommended but not required
River Knife (I recommend a folding one in the pocket. for mountable knives, use the Bear Claw)
Karabiners (one locking and a few non-locking) – not everyone needs locking biners for the class
Prussik Loops (5mm cased nylon line tied in loops with double fisherman’s knot. Have several different size loops. bigger loops are more useful)
Webbing (1″ tubular webbing in a length that is double your height)
Pulley (one is sufficient and not everyone needs pullies)
First Aid kit
Breakdown Paddle (not everyone needs a spare paddle)
Lunch and snacks – on the go

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