RIVER RESCUE WORKSHOP (PE 4491/PE 5591)
Department of Sport Science & Physical Education, Idaho State University
Course: River Rescue Workshop (PE 4491 / 5491)
Times: Workshop held in the field for several days - check schedule for dates
Where: Rivers in Idaho
Instructor: Justin Dayley
The course is held over a three day period. The following topics are covered the first day:
- The well-outfitted boater
- River hazards
- Knots needed for setting up rescues
- Self-equalizing systems
Be prepared to get wet on the second and third days. Topics covered during the two days are:
- Setting up kayak, canoe and raft rescues
- Throw rope technique
- Swimming a rapid
- Self rescue
- River crossings
- Buddy rescues
- Tag line rescues
- Swimming into Log Jams
- Telfer lower
- Ferrying ropes across the river.
- Zip lines
The Sports Science and Physical Education Department’s Outdoor Education curriculum at Idaho State is based on a foundation of five nationally recognized standards. The following standard applies to this course:
Standard #5 Outdoor Education Experiential Skills and Field Experience Outdoor educators understand the techniques, equipment and safety procedures associated with a variety of outdoor skills; have taken ample opportunity to learn, practice and refine outdoor skills; and have gained practical experience in leading outdoor activities and/or teaching outdoor skills.
Objective 1 (Academic Objective): To gain an understanding of the various hazards associated with rivers and how individuals can be prepared to deal with river emergencies.
Objective 1 Learning Outcomes - By the end of the course, students will:
1a. Understand the risks associated with cold water, the procedures to minimize and prevent cold water problems, and treatment of cold related injuries.
2b. Be able to identify common river hazards including strainers, obstructions, and hydraulics, and know the procedures in avoiding these hazards.
2c. Have an understanding of the direction and force of river current flow based on river morphology, river gradient, and obstacles such as boulders, ledges, and rock bars.
Objective 2 (Motor Skill Objective): To develop basic motor skills in river rescue
Objective 2 Learning Outcomes – By the end of the course, students will:
3a. Be able to tie basic knots useful for river rescue.
3b. Understand the principles of, and be able to set up, self-equalizing systems.
3c. Have practiced and know proper throw rope techniques.
3d. Have practiced and understand how best to swim in rapid water and execute river crossings.
3e. Have practiced methods of ferrying ropes across the river
3f. Have practiced techniques for removing broached boats (rafts, kayaks and canoes) from obstructions
PHYSICAL EFFORT INVOVED IN THIS CLASS
The first day is largely spent dealing with rescue fundamentals and theory. On the second and third days, however, we will be in the water: paddling boats, swimming, undertaking a series of rescue scenarios. We will, of course, wear life jackets, but you should feel comfortable swimming in swiftly moving water. Expect to encounter different weather conditions: cold and rainy, windy, and hot and sunny.
REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
If you have a diagnosed disability or believe that you have a disability that might require “reasonable accommodation” on the part of the instructor, please call the Director, ADA & Disabilities Resource Center, 282-3599. As a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of the student to disclose a disability prior to requesting reasonable accommodation.
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