Rescue will be covered in far more detail under Rescue Philosophy. A few rules of thumb are in order:

  • Look out for number one - yourself
  • Equipment can be replaced, poeple can't
  • Use the KISS principle - Simple is generally safer
  • Think, plan, then act
  • Practice using your rescue skills, especially throw ropes

Safety is a combination of using good judgment, knowledge, and proper gear. I feel the most valuable portions of this course are how to recognize and avoid incidents in the first place. You will learn a great deal about various river obstacles and avoiding unsafe paddling techniques. Trip planning makes a huge difference in safety. Get recent weather reports, check gauges on your run and upstream. Check the water temperature as well as air temperatures. Dress to rescue and pack a bit extra on cold days.