2016 Swiftwater Rescue Clinic

Clinic Dates: August 6-7, 2016
Registration Deadline: July 15th
Instructor: Don Beyer, ACA certified - Level 5 SWR
Location: Mt Nebo, WV (River to be determined based on water conditions at the time.)
Clinic Fee: $50 (Includes 10 feet of nylon webbing, 6 feet of prussic cord, and 1 carabiner.)
Class Requirements: Maximum of 10 students (minimum of 8)

We must have 8 paid registrations by July 15th, to do the class.

Novice Paddlers are welcome, but ideally, all students should be at least Intermediate Paddlers, 18 years of age or older. Some whitewater paddling experience is preferred because it helps students relate to issues that can occur on the river. If you're in doubt, call me. (If you've taken the clinic before, you are welcome to register for a refresher. New students will be given priority, however.)

The course can be physically demanding at times, but participation in each exercise is by choice.

You do not need to be a member of WVWA to participate in the clinic.

Day 1 will cover rescue concepts and organization, swimming, wading, and the use of throw bags and rescue life vests.

Day 2 will cover boat unpinning, anchors, Z-drags, in-boat entrapment, foot entrapment, and various other rescue scenarios.

To Register:
  • Email Don Beyer to reserve a place in the class. (dbeyer[at]wsgarch.com)
  • Print and complete the mail-in Clinic Registration and ACA Waiver forms.
  • Write a check (payable to Don Beyer) for $50 for the clinic fee. (The clinic fee includes the cost of the ACA insurance for this event.)
  • Mail the completed forms and your check to: Don Beyer at 915 Chestnut Road, Charleston, WV 25314
  • If you would like to pay via PayPal, email Don Beyer for instructions.
You will receive an email once your registration and payment have been received, confirming your place in the class.

Contact Don Beyer at 304-419-2246 if you have any questions. Feel free to call to discuss how this course can benefit you and your paddling friends.

Photos from 2012 Swiftwater Clinic - by Tom Connelly & Brent Smith