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In this blog, we will be chatting about staying safe and how to take steps towards being an active member of a rescue team. Don't be afraid to help out where you can, whether that is being the person to go for a swim or handing a leader a carabiner. Learning the process for a rescue is the start of assisting the leader of your group in what can be a daunting task. Don't worry this will be brief, we cannot teach you everything in one go and it is definitely not an over night process. It takes years of practice and on the scene knowledge to become proficient.
We all love kayaking whether it be thrashing down some whitewater or sauntering across a flat open lake. To be safe on the water, first we need to look a gear . . .
Having the correct gear for the activity and knowing how to use it will become essential to you when you need to jump into action. Let's get started with the basics for whitewater kayaking.
Weather Appropriate Clothing - staying warm and dry can be essential when it comes to helping yourself and others while kayaking.
Dry Suits - we don't leave home without them. Staying dry might be expensive, but well worth the feeling. Trust us, you will appreciate a dry suit when you buy one.
Sturdy Footwear - running around river banks with fallen trees, sharp rocks and foreign objects is definitely not fun in thin neoprene booties. Your feet are the pedestal of life, look after them!
Essential Kayaking Attire
PFD (Life Jacket) - the more you kayak the more you will want specific PFD features to suit your needs.
Knife and Whistle - better to have one and not need it, than need one and not have it!
Carabiners and Pulleys
Throw Rope and Prusuc Cord
Getting a basic understanding of your equipment and how to use it in different ways gives you a foot forward when it comes to rescuing your peers.
Swift Water Rescue (SWR) Course
The second part of being an active member of your team is a swift water rescue course. These are designed to give you knowledge on what to do in a rescue situations and give you confidence swimming rivers, using different gear and techniques in unusual situations. Taking a SWR course and absorbing the information is a defined way of meeting new paddlers, gaining some knowledge and practicing those much needed skills.
Get hands on experience and gain confidence in whitewater. Sign up for a course today or talk to your local club to organize a club specific course.
Alongside all of this, you could throw in some 1st Aid Training and 1st aid gear. Again vital to being ready for situations that we all don't want to happen, but we need to be prepared for.
Get the knowledge you need for the activities you love.
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