Swift-water Rescue Course

A large group of Tasmanian paddlers benefited from the knowledge and experience of James and Elias during the Canoe Tasmania Swift-water Rescue Course, held last weekend on the Derwent River.

Whitewater swimming, throwbag use, river crossing, communication, river first aid and mechanical advatage systems were all mastered before being put to use in a series of realistic rescue scenarios.

The rescue scenarios proved challenging to the participants as they came to realise the speed at which the rescues needed to be performed to be effective. However, the final scenario saw all of the “victims” returned to safety in lightning speed, highlighting the value of practising these rescue skills.

The course was subsidised by Canoe Tasmania for its members with the assistance of Sport and Recreation Tasmania.

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