On Saturday, August 26th I am hosting a free one day Swiftwater Essentials class near Eagle, Colorado (location to be determined with flows). The class will be instructed by nationally recognized swiftwater guru Mike Mather http://www.matherrescue.com/
Although it would be nearly impossible to fully train paddlers everything there is to know in one day, this class is designed to teach the basics. Throw bag use and safety, z-drag fundamentals, how to swim a rapid, dealing with strainers, and other basics about river safety, knowledge, and gear. Many paddlers have very little to no skills when it comes to these things so this is a one day class designed to get you started. My budget limited it to 20 people so here is how it will work. At some point on Monday, August 21st I will place another post here and boatertalk.com The first 20 people that email me at [email protected]
will be registered. I would do sign up now but when I offered this class to far in advance last year, many people signed up then had a change of plans. This way it is close to the time and you will know if you can make. In addition I will be firing up the grill and feeding the group burgers and dogs. My belief is that we all benefit on the river when everyone knows basic safety procedures. Paddling with someone that can at least operate a throw bag and help you out is a big bonus. I am currently working with Dagger on offering reduced rate safety classes next year in addition to our already free Paddle with the Pros. Good luck on August 21st and we'll see you on the river, safely.
Please no emails now as I can not save you a space. It all goes down on the 21st. I just wanted to give you a heads up.