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2017 Conference Educational Sessions

ACA 2017 SWR Conference Educational SessionsImage may contain: one or more people, sky, mountain, tree, outdoor, nature and water


The ACA SWR Conference embodies a sizable number of events and activities. These extend from pre and post classes, Instructor Certification Workshops and Exams, dinners, after parties, slideshows and presentations. The main body of the conference however consists of hands on Educational Sessions run by some of the pioneers and professionals who lead the way in swiftwater rescue techniques, tactics and policy.   These educational session provide participants with real life experience and an opportunity not only to learn but make mistakes in a safety redundant environment. The following is a basic list and description of these sessions.


Station 1 - Breaking down mechanical advantage systems and Dealing with entrapment situations (Cinch techniques)No automatic alt text available.

Breaking Down Mechanical Advantage Systems

Our presenters with help break down mechanical advantage systems to see how they work and hopefully simplify the process of building a system.  We will also show you tips and tricks when building a system and when you need them or not. 

Dealing with entrapment situations (Cinch Techniques)

Our presenters will show you a variety of cinch techniques to help extract an entrapped victim when hands on contact is not an option. 





Station 2 – Rescue ScenariosImage may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor, nature and water

                Get a chance to challenge yourself in a team environment in a variety of real world rescue based scenarios.  From simple to complex rescues, we will help build your confidence with the situation arises.      


Station 3 - Steep Creek Rescues

                Have you ever found yourself in a steep creek environment trying to get your friend out of a terminal eddy or needing to rappel down a steep embankment to scout a rapid.  We are going to look at a variety of scenarios paddlers face in making rescues in steep creeks.  Here are a few of the items we will go over – making hasty harnesses, lowering and raising someone, improvised rope ladders, etc.


Station 4 -  Throw Bag Tips and Tricks and Offensive Swimming Tactics

Offensive Swimming Tactics – The second leading cause of drownings in whitewater comes from swimming in whitewater after coming out of a boat.  We are going to show you a variety of offensive swimming tactics to reduce energy use, get you more comfortable swimming in whitewater and become more efficient if you find yourself out of your boat. 

Throw Bag Tips and Tricks – Our presenters will show you a variety of tips and tricks that will increase your distance of throw and create better accuracy.  We will also show you a variety of set ups using throw bags to set up downstream safety.


Station 5 – Boat Unpinning and Boat Based RescueNo automatic alt text available.

Boat Unpinning – Most the time boats can be easily unpinned but we make the unpinning part complex.  Our presenters will show you a variety of simple solutions for unpinning a boat. 

Boat Based Rescue – One of the most important skills you need to have in rescue is feeling confident doing a boat based rescue.  We will go over a variety of situations and look at solution to make your next boat based rescue a success.   


Sunday Master classes – Open sessions of your choice.  Master classes are subject to change.    

  • Understanding the Rescue PFD
  • Wading Tips and Tricks
  • Boat Based Rescue for the kayaker  
  • Wilderness Survival – What the paddler should carry in the Backcountry. 




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Founded in 1880, The American Canoe Association (ACA) is a national nonprofit organization serving the broader paddling public by providing education related to all aspects of paddling; stewardship support to help protect paddling environments; and sanctioning of programs and events to promote paddlesport competition, exploration and recreation.

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