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Old 04-08-2004   #1
 
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Swift Water Rescue

I am looking to get my swift water rescue certification and wanted to know if anyone had any advice on when and where I should get it done. Who is the authority on those certifications? I have seen a few web sites on some of the certifications but am not sure about what would be the right course for a kayaked. Any advice or suggestions would be much appreciated. thanks.

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RMOC has a good course but not sure if they offer a certification. I was told that all of these courses began with Dvorak and he is the authority but I have no first hand knowledge of that.
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where do you live?

There is a guy named Mike Mather who is a guru in this stuff. i haven't personally taken his swiftwater rescue course, but i know a bunch who have and really liked it. Try starting with Alpine Kayak if you are close to Vail, and they could give you a solid lead.

970.949.3350

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BOC?

Doesnt BOC do one on the Poudre each year?
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If you find one, let me know. I am looking also. Corey 720-308-6631
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I took Dvorak's class and was very impressed. Well worth the money and you can retake after 3 years for 1/2 the price.

Only drawback is that you will have rescue professionals (EMT, Firefighters) and rafting guide types, so it isn't kayak specific.
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CKS down in Nathrop holds kayak specific rescue classes but nothing that will give you an official cert. if that is what you are looking for. I have heard great things about Dvorak.
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I too am interested in taking a class. I would like to round up a group of folks I know and do it together. (saving yourself can sometimes be difficult) Anyone know a qualified instructor, that would want to teach something a little less formal to a group we organized ourselves?

Feel free to PM me if you or your company meets that description.

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the boc is doing a swr instructor cert and the two day regular cert on april 24-27.

eric is definitely the local swr authority. he is a very good instructor.

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dave,
the boc is doing a swr instructor cert and the two day regular cert on april 24-27.

eric is definitely the local swr authority. he is a very good instructor.

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