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Canoe Instructor Skills Workshop

  • 2016-05-22
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Marge Cline WW Park - Yorkville, IL


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Date(s):  May, 22, 2016
Leader:   Dave Watts
Location:  Marge Cline WW Park, Yorkville,IL
Skill Level:  Instructor
Category:  Instruction
Details:  This is an opportunity for canoe instructors to come together and sharpen their skills before the season kicks into high gear. 

Course Overview:

This workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed on both personal safety and on simple, commonly-used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments and pins also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Course Objectives:

- Promote proactive prevention of river accidents and injuries.
- Develop and practice key self-rescue skills.
- Identify and avoid river hazards by understanding hydrology, hazards and river features.
- Focus on fast, low-risk strategies for early management of river accidents.
- Develop and practice methods for recovering swimmers, loose boats and equipment.
- Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills.
- Gain experience using the rescue PFD and understand it's strengths and weaknesses.

Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the water for extended periods of time.

Minimum Personal Equipment:

PFD, whitewater helmet, protective clothing suitable for extended swimming in cold water (dry suit/wetsuit) protective footwear, boat paddle, whistle and throw rope. Additional gear will be available if needed.

Also bring plenty of drinking water, snacks and lunch

This event is limited to instructors and safety aides only.

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