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Swiftwater Rescue Workshop- July 9-10, ACA L4, Salida, CO

July 9, 2023July 10, 2023

We have an excellent opportunity with Canyon River Instruction in Salida, CO!

A 2-Day Swiftwater Rescue Workshop, July 9 -10 (Sunday-Monday)

This event is specifically for ROCKY MOUNTAIN CANOE CLUB MEMBERS ONLY.

Contact Debbie Hinde at dhinde1@msn.com to receive a 10% club discount code!

Plus – Participants who have been a member of RMCC for at least 1 year will receive an additional $20 refund after taking the class.

  • Non-Member Cost: $300
  • RMCC Member Cost:  $270
  • > 1 Yr RMCC Member cost after participation: $250


This two day clinic on the Arkansas River near Salida is perfect for commercial and private boaters looking to brush up on their river safety skills. No prerequisites required. Upon successful completion of the course, participants receive an ACA SWR Skill Assessment card suitable for raft guides and other professionals.

Course Overview: The Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Course Objectives:

  • Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.

  • Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.

  • Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards, and river features.

  • Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents

  • Develop and practice methods for recovering swimmers, and loose boats and equipment

  • Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

  • Gain experience using the rescue PFD, and understand its strengths and weaknesses

  • Utilize rescue scene management principles needed within a paddling group

Please review the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) and a basic gear list here.

Click here to find the Swiftwater Rescue Sample Skills Course document from the American Canoe Association.

Camping Information:

For camping, there’s a ton in the area. The closest river-side paid developed campground is Hecla Junction, but it does fill up super early. Then there’s a lot of free dispersed camping all within 2 to 20 minutes away. We also have a field that we are happy to let folks camp in. It’s flat and convenient, but it’s not developed and there is highway noise. For no highway noise, here’s a map to the closest place that’s just 2 minutes away. See the dirt road that goes off a bit to the southeast? That’s whole area is camping. It’s free, so you never know how many RVs are posted up there, but it usually works out. There’s more in the valley too if you are interested.

For further questions, please contact Debbie Hinde at dhinde1@msn.com


July 9, 2023
July 10, 2023