I think this is mandatory viewing for all of us progressing paddlers, and should serve as a grim reminder of failing to boof. (or sneak, or walk the damn terminal spots...! no shame in living to sneak another rapid... if you arent feeling it, walk it. and forget anyone who says otherwise.)
I like KSCs points, and Brendo's.
I tried to articulate something last night, and ended up deleting it, cause it was more then half daydreaming about SE creeking and a Buffalo Trace distillery tour being in my somewhat near future plans....
which still sounds lovely by golly... Class III/IV creeking. what a concept....
But what I really wanted to reiterate again for all of us, in the non- class V & expedition population, is the need to have the simple skills dialed.
as mentioned above, familiarity with your equipment, and knowing how to rapidly deploy the simplest, fastest, appropriate rescue is invaluable. The situation will dictate how fast or slow you need to respond. A pinned boat isnt going anywhere, but we dont do well without oxygen.
a good throw bag toss, simple rescue swim or live bait with a hip belay anchor can take care of a large percentage of rescues.
Throwing,coiling properly, and re-deploying rapidly and accurately should be second nature, (and is a pass/fail skill for SWT.) knowing when and how to deploy rope is also crucial knowledge, as mentioned in this thread.
So that being said, I gotta plug DSE's courses for motivated kayakers (and rafters...but if you are a custy disregard all this... seatbelts and water wings are provided.)
they got some courses coming up in Colorado it looks like.
the Level 2 kayak swiftwater class was an invaluable course IMO, (that is of course, that it is building on the foundation of the traditional FD/Rafting SwiftwaterTech. highly recommended to do that too.it is an essential first step,at a much slower pace.)
It was invaluable for helping to teach me how important Low tech, dynamic aggressive rescue is. It is really is easy to practice, and to utilize with practice..
Nick had us in our 2013 class whupped silly. it was seriously stupefying how many times we were in and out of our boats at every corner and pin rock on the 1st mile of the Pilar racecourse section. doing simple one and two person pin/swimmer recovery/livebait scenarios, with no more then 2-4 people and as many throw bags. we of course had whatever kit we already possessed and paddled with to use. but the main emphasis was simple ideas, rapid deployment and execution. Familiarity with vectors pulls, rapid live bait swims and group dynamic became somewhat like second nature in just two days.
As we all know, leapfrogging rapids and being able to eddy out safely and assist are all parts of becoming a solid paddler, on any grade whitewater. learning how to move your group safely through crux sections is integral to not being a total junk show.
(once again no disrespect to those in the video. i think i am definitely just generalizing at this point)
I have been a junk show on many an occasion. sincere thanks for all the help historically.
So long story longer, take Swiftwater rescue... and thank you Nick and Evan for taking the time to promote the expedition style safe passage techniques you guys have had much practice with. it was an eye opener for me, and i am definitely better for it. (or i was....it is refresher time this spring...lol)