Swift Water Rescue (SWR) topics include preparation and planning to avoid incidents, self-rescue, wading, swimming, ropework, and scene and group management. Students must be comfortable paddling Class II whitewater.
Students are responsible for their own gear- PFD, helmet, boat, paddle, skirt, flotation. If you have your own rescue gear (throw rope, pin kit, first aid kit), bring it. Instructors will check gear and provide guidance. If you don't have rescue gear, we suggest trying the club's gear and then making informed purchases after class.
The class is two long days, combining classroom (outdoors), land-based, and in-water exercises. The class is strenuous, particularly the in-water exercises.
Lead instructors are ACA certified. Class size is very limited and typically fills up fast, so register early to get a spot. All registrations must be done on-line; unregistered folks who show up on the day of the class cannot be accommodated.
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Please print the ACA Waiver and Registration form and bring the completed form to class.
ACA Adult Waiver and Insurance
ACA Minor Waiver and Insurance
- Class starts at 8 AM sharp, and goes to 5 PM, both days
- Location is C&O Canal Lock 5 parking area, both days
- Do not need boats on Saturday, but do need PFD, helmet, and paddle.
- Do need boats for Sunday
- Students are responsible for their own boating gear (PFD, helmet, paddle, skirt, boat, flotation)
- Bring your own rescue gear (throw rope, pin kit, first aid kit, etc.) if you have it
- If you don't have your own rescue gear, you can try the Club gear during class and then make informed purchases after class
- Students need to bring food, fluids, meds, sunscreen, etc. for a full day on the water
- Saturday lunch will be at Lock 5 (bring it, no time to run to a store) and likely on the water on Sunday
- Dress protectively. We will be handling ropes, swimming and crawling along rocky river bottom and rocky and brushy banks. Many students prefer long sleeves and pants. Sturdy shoes are highly recommended. Sandals and flip-flops are not acceptable on the water.
- This is a physically demanding class!