Basic Swiftwater Rescue Skills Practice

Date and Time

Saturday, July 20, 2019


Coolidge Woods Road, New Hampton NH (Pemi Playhole),
New Hampshire, Lakes Region,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader(s).


This on-water practice session will focus on the skills that every Class 2 paddler (and especially every whitewater trip leader) should know and have practiced to proficiency. We are going to make a long day of it, creating realistic on-river scenarios and practicing basic techniques for the swiftwater rescue commonly encountered on Class 2 and Class 3 runs. Topics will include: • Safety check before setting out • Incident scene management • Swimming in whitewater • Self rescue principles • Boat rescue of swimmers • Floating boat recovery • Floating equipment recovery • Throw rope rescues (both pre-positioned and on-the-fly) • Debriefing We will all take turns as "victims" and rescuers. Please come prepared to spend a good part of the day IN the water, whatever the air and water temperature. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of swimming in rocky rapids, this practice is not for you. Requirements include a whitewater-capable boat with sprayskirt and flotation. You'll also need a PFD, helmet, and whistle. Helmet and PFD must be worn buckled at all times while on or near the water. Be sure your footwear has sturdy soles that will grip on wet rocks, closed-toes (rocks are sharp and hard and there's often broken glass around), and will stay on your feet when you swim. Bring a throw bag (everyone should have one) and any other rescue equipment you normally carry (tow tether, carabiners, pin kit, etc.). If you own or have access to a rescue PFD with a quick-release belt, please bring that. We will have extras to lend. You may also want gloves, noseplugs and insect protection. Lunch will probably be on the river, bring adequate food and water for all day. Note: This trip will have 2 leaders and is limited to 8 participants; no one will be standing around watching. Please register even if the trip is waitlisted. If enough people sign up, we will add additional sessions.

AMC Trip Policy



Related Link(s):

Pemi Bristol

Swimmer on the Upper West River below The Dumplings


Paddling - Whitewater

Offered By

New Hampshire



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge


Adults (18+)