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Swiftwater Rescue Class

  • 06/04/2016
  • 8:00 AM
  • 06/05/2016
  • 4:00 PM
  • Albright, WV
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Swift Water Rescue Clinic 2016

Saturday, June 4 - Sunday, June 5    

Cheat Narrows | Albright, WV

Instructor: Charlie Walbridge 

This clinic is open to members and non-members. You may register early to secure your spot but all payments must be made by Sunday May15th.

Price includes instruction and two-nights camping at Teters Campground.

This ACA "Level 4" rescue class with Charlie Walbridge is intended for intermediate paddlers, comfortable making ferries and eddy turns in Class II-III water. You must be confident in your boat and have experience in Class II moving water to gain the most from this clinic.

Good swimming ability is also needed. We cover whitewater swimming and wading, throw bag use, rescue life vests, boat unpinning, entrapment rescue, and scene management.

Students will need a whitewater boat, all paddling gear, including a PFD, helmet, wetsuit, and foot protection. The wetsuit is needed since we spend a lot of time in the water and you'll get cold even in the warm months. Everyone should bring a throw bag, 2 carabiners, and a 1" tubular webbing of at least 8'.  A rescue PFD is not required for this class.

Bring a comfortable chair for land sessions, sunscreen, and a water bottle.

Classes run 8am - 5pm Saturday and 9am - 4pm on Sunday. The mornings are for classroom work and are held under the shelter on the Cheatfest festival grounds, and afternoons are on the water usually on the Cheat Narrows.

You will be on your own for meals at the campsite and a packed lunch during the day.  Lunches will occur during the break between dry-land sessions and on the water sessions.  Be prepared to have your lunch mobile in case we need to travel for water.


Albright, WV  -  Cheat Narrows or other available river depending on water levels.  

Camping will be included in the cost and located at Teters Campground which is adjacent to the Cheatfest festival grounds.

Nic Sanna boating@outdoor-pursuits.org

Cancellations which cannot be replaced and/or no-shows will not be refunded.

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