Swiftwater Rescue

The Carolina Canoe Club strongly encourages all paddlers to attend swiftwater rescue training. Doing so is an investment in the safety of our community.

Our club coordinates at least one ACA Swiftwater Rescue Course and one Basic River Safety Course each year.   Course participation is limited to current members of the Carolina Canoe Club.  The cost of the ACA Swift Water Rescue Course is $75 and the ACA Essentials of River Safety Course is $50

 Please refer to the CCC Calendar for dates for this year's course.  Registration for courses will be announced via the CCC listserv and website. If interested, please fill out the registration form.

If you have questions, ideas for improving the safety of our community or would like to register for a course, please contact the Safety Chairperson at safety.chair@carolinacanoeclub.org

Course Descriptions

ACA Swiftwater Rescue

The ACA SWR course lasts 16 to 20 hours and is physically challenging. It covers accident prevention and management, hazard recognition, self-rescue, wading and swimming, basic and advanced rope rescue techniques, unpinning and extrication, entrapment rescues, and use of swiftwater rescue vests.

The first day of the course is spent learning techniques on land; the second day is spent in the water, learning more techniques and practicing material learned on Saturday. Participants should be comfortable swimming in class II+ water and be ready to spend lots of time in the water. Participants will need a PFD, helmet, paddle, WARM CLOTHES, throw rope and minimal rescue gear (a locking carabineer, a prussic and webbing, which can be loaned to you if needed). Warm paddling clothes are essential because students will spend lots of time in the water. Many people find an SWR class to be their coldest paddling experience.

ACA Essentials of River Safety and Rescue Course

The Essentials of River Safety and Rescue course lasts about 12 to 15 hours and will be physically challenging. It covers accident prevention and management, hazard recognition, self-rescue, boat-based rescue, wading, swimming, and basic rope rescue techniques.

The first evening of the course is spent learning how to recognize hazards and avoid them, group management and other topics. The second day is spent on and in the water, learning more techniques and practicing material learned the prior evening. Participants should be comfortable and in control paddling class II water and be ready to spend lots of time in the water. Participants will need a boat, skirt, PFD, helmet, paddle, WARM CLOTHES, and a throw rope (throw ropes can be loaned if needed). Warm paddling clothes are essential because students will spend lots of time in the water.