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Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Clinic
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9/10/2016 to 9/11/2016
When: Saturday, September 10, 2016
Where: Central North Carolina - TBD
Raleigh, North Carolina 
United States
Contact: Shane Brown

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Taking a swiftwater rescue clinic is an important step in managing the safety of yourself and others on the river, and is strongly recommended for paddlers of all skill levels. 

Some of the things you will learn about during this course include:

Identifying hazards and managing risk in a river setting.
Self-rescue techniques like defensive and aggressive swimming
Selecting appropriate safety gear for the river
How to use a throw rope effectively
How to free a pinned boat

The fall clinic will be taught by Bobby Simpson and Russ Scheve. Day 1 (Saturday the 10th) is classroom based instruction covering the fundamentals of how to self-rescue as well as rescuing other boaters and equipment. Day 2 (Sunday the 11th) consists of hands-on exercises practicing the skills covered on day 1 in a real river setting*. 

Location TBD, we are currently looking at locations in both the Raleigh-Durham area and in Greensboro. If you have a preference please leave a comment when you register.

NOTE: water levels are unpredictable. Available water will determine the location of on river activities on day 2. Possible locations include the Haw near Pittsboro, the Neuse below Falls Dam, Boiling Hole on the Mayo, or River Falls Park in Weldon, NC.

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