Tonight members participated in swift water rescue training. This training was led by the teams Kayak rescue members. Highly skilled kayak rescue members entered the water and took runs to allow members an opportunity to practice the skill in a live setting.  Through a combo of lecture and hands on practice, the session achieved the following objectives:

  • Review Swift Water Handsigns
  • Use of Safety Equipment
  • Basic River Terminology
  • Use of a Throw Bag
  • Down Stream Containment
  • River Search
It is worth noting that NSR recognizes the high risk of swift water rescue utilizing a rescue swimmer. As such the team has chosen to adopt a combined air and kayak method. This is far safer, and can remove much of the risk for the rescuers. However, the need to maintain skills is still key in cases of downstream containment and for personnel safety in river shore searches.