Minnesota Swift Water Awareness and Rescue Class

Swift Water Rescue Classes with Hard Water Sports
Saturday, May 11, 2024
Sunday, May 19, 2024

Book online now! for the 2024 Classes

This course teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, self-rescue techniques, and simple rescues of paddlers in distress. 

Hard Water Sports is offering a 1 day river rescue training course.
Plan for a full day of swift water rescue training covering essential and efficient river safety skills.

May 11, 2024
– Swift Water Rescue class on the Kettle River. The first half of the day will be spent learning skills on dry land, After a short break for lunch we will be running the Kettle River with rafts – stopping along the river for skills training.
This class is required training for white water raft guides.

Swift Water Rescue Training

River Rescue Training with Hard Water Sports

Course Objectives – To introduce and practice river rescue skills in moving water. 
Who – course is designed for anyone interested in learning river safety skills.
Where – Sandstone, Minnesota/Kettle River
When – Saturday, May 11, or Sunday May 19 2024 9:30 – 4:00

Swift Water Rescue Course Outline

Minnesota Swift Water Class

River Hazards and Hydrology
Essential paddling and rescue equipment
Throw bag skills
Scene Management
-Break for lunch
(On the water skills)
Reading rivers and safety strategies
Wading techniques
Self rescue – River swimming techniques

Minimum Requirements
This class is open to anyone with a desire to learn about river safety and rescue. Students are required to meet Hard Water Sports’ essential eligibility requirements.

Bring with you to class:

PFD, Helmet, Whistle
Throw bag – river knife
River shoes or appropriate substitute 
Clothing for cold water – plan for in water activities
Water Bottle – Snacks
Lunch – bring your own lunch or order locally.

– wetsuits and equipment can also be rented from Hard Water Sports –

There will be a 20 minute break for lunch, students are responsible for their own lunch. Bring a lunch, go for Subway at Chris’s, or sandwiches from Quarry Pizza.

Book online now!

Course fee $95

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