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Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course
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This is a Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course with instructor David Bumgarner in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colorado.

5/30/2015 to 5/31/2015
When: 5/30/2015
Where: 330 Belleview Ave
Crested Butte, Colorado 
United States
Contact: Tiff Simpson

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ACA Swiftwater Rescue Skills Course:

Nothing builds confidence like developing your rescue skills! You can take this American Canoe Association (ACA) curriculum many places, Irwin Guides Swiftwater Rescue Course is designed to meet the needs of river paddlers and paddling instructors. We’ll help you learn to read rivers carefully in order to identify hazards, develop rescue and prevention strategies and build a tool kit of skills to help you and your paddle partners manage risky situations. While using ropes, rescue vests and other tools of the trade, students and instructors take turns swimming through rough rapids and practicing techniques in a controlled environment which will help develop a rescue mindset and the hard skills needed for rescue. This may be the most valuable paddling class you’ll ever take! Completion of the 2-day course entitles students to an ACA participation certificate, accepted by most river outfitters, kayak schools and outdoor programs.

Who: Kayakers, rafters & whitewater canoeists

What: A two-day class on the Gunnision River

Date & Time: May 30-May 31 Class runs 8am- 5pm both days.

What to bring: Your own boat (kayak/canoe) and equipment, any throw ropes, rescue vests or other safety gear you already own. Gear lists and a welcome letter will be sent out prior to the course. The instructor will provide a cross section of rescue gear for you to experiment with.

Cost: $199 for a two-day class. Prerequisites: Class II boating skills

To sign up: Phone: 970-349-5430 email:


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