Basic Swiftwater Rescue Skills Practice

Date and Time

Saturday, June 6, 2020


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 session will focus on the skills that every Class 2 paddler (and especially every whitewater trip leader) should practiced to proficiency. We are going to make a long day of it, paddling Class 2 (3) whitewater, creating realistic scenarios and practicing basic techniques for the swiftwater rescues 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 • 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. Be aware that you will be intentionally capsizing and exiting your boat and swimming in rocky rapids 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 some extras to lend. You may also want gloves, noseplugs and insect protection. Lunch will be on the river; bring adequate food and water for all day. Note: This trip is limited to 10 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

Click map for driving directions
Swimmer on the Upper West River below The Dumplings


Instruction (Skills)
Paddling - Whitewater

Offered By

New Hampshire



Nearby AMC Destination

Cardigan Lodge


Class 2 (3)


Adults (18+)