Kendi - nice off season topic to get people thinking. You might only inspire one person who would make a difference IRL, but they just may.
Years ago I took the OEC class that was required to be part of the backcountry ski patrol. It was around 100 hours. Wednesday nights for most of the winter and then a couple of two day weekends for the practical applied stuff. Fortunately the worst I have had to do on the river was some cuts that probably should have been sutured and some burns which may have close to 2nd degree in small areas, including on myself.
Guest guiding day trips for another company I came upon one of their guides who had the guest in the head with their oar. Five of their boats in the eddy and no one even had a gauze pad and they all had their thumbs up their collective asses. Unbelievable.
Unfortunately I have been first on scene at several fatality car accidents, with other involved injuries. One had multiple compound fractures after being ejected at 80 to 90 mph. While many of those were just waiting for the EMTs, at least I had a good idea what to do from the ABCs to AVPU etc. to give the ambulance guys some good info about what they had to work with.
Hope I never have to again, but in the real life situations I was made to deal with, I was relatively calm and I think the training and scenario training helps with that.
Also taken a couple of weekend SRT classes that I parlayed into being able to successfully unpin multiple rafts and several IKs.
I could make the time but the money to take new classes ain't gonna happen for a while. My wife is back to work after nearly a year unemployed, but we are not out of the woods yet.
I would love to be part of the volunteer fire department and may end up doing that in the near future. They also have a swiftwater component too.
Random thoughts don't if this helps much.
Originally Posted by cataraftgirl
If there were more weekend river rescue mini-courses offered I think more folks would be inclined to take them as opposed to the weeklong more intensive & expensive SRT courses. I realize these mini-course weekend classes wouldn't be as in depth as the full-on SRT classes, but at least it would give folks a chance to learn some basic skills or refresh what they've learned in the past.
My two cents.
Originally Posted by h2ocst
One last word, liability; anyone out there know what finally happened to that guy in California? There was a lady in a car engulfed in a flash flood, guy saved her life by pulling her from the car & hurt her back in the process. California courts decided he could be sued in spite of the CA Good Samaritan Law. So it goes...
This is so wrong, I don't even know where to begin.