Throw Bags, Accessories and WorkShops "Gear For Life"

Articles and Gear Review

These articles, reports and reviews provide general reference information about Swiftwater Rescue on a variety of topics. Information for participants in ACA workshops we conduct for whitewater and river paddlers is in a category at the bottom of this page. These are offered for instructional and educational purposes and readers should always seek qualified instruction for putting into practice any of the rescue techniques described in an article.

PLEASE NOTE:  In the past few months we changed websites from our previous one to GoDaddy, and  are working (as time permits) to get all the pictures and diagrams in place in the various articles.  Please bear with us until we finish.   Thank you.

Feel free to let any of us know if you need assistance with gear or equipment that you're considering purchasing, or for use one of our rescue workshops. Tim Jones, Jim Jones and Jim Simmons.

Topics discussed in the various articles: Paddling and Rescue Strategies; Rescue Philosophy; Gear/Equipment Reviews; Swiftwater/Whitewater Special Situations; Information for Workshop Participants.

PADDLING AND RESCUE STRATEGIES

Any 'Ole Thro-Bag Won't Do...

STRATEGIES WITH YOUR THRO-BAG 

A Single Bank Stabilization and Cinching Method w/ One Thro-Bag

Importance of Protective Footwear for Downriver Whitewater Paddling

Choosing a Rescue PFD That Fits Properly

KNOTS THAT ARE THE FOUNDATION FOR WHITEWATER RESCUE

 Setting Up Haul Systems Begins With Basic Anchors

 Haul Systems and Mechanical Advantage

River Swimming Strategies

A RIVER ENVIRONMENT

Survival Preparedness on Isolated Paddling Trips

Improvising Paddling and Rescue Gear if Short Handed

Enhance Your Safety Net in Paddling With the Buddy System

Boat Over Boat With a Kayak Playboat

Reach Rescue System

PreTrip Planning and Trip Organization


RESCUE PHILOSOPHY:

 I Wasn't Paying Attention (The Rescue Curve)


The 'Absolutes' of Rescue--Always and Never

Rescue Scene Management

Reasons Rescues Fail


GEAR/EQUIPMENT REVIEWS (see links to Rescue Lifevest Reviews):

 Discussion of Technical Aspects of Rescue Lifevests

A Look at River Knives

WHITEWATER HELMET REVIEW 

River Shoes

Improvising Paddling and Rescue Gear if Short Handed

Suggestions for First Aid Kits for Paddlers

Testing for Prusik Slippage With Throw Bags

Rope Breaking Strength vs. Safe Working Load


SWIFTWATER/WHITEWATER SPECIAL SITUATIONS:  

Cold Weather Strategies to Protect From A Classic Paddling Nemesis 

LOW HEAD DAMS AND RIVER HYDRAULICS--RECOGNITION IS THE KEY

Self-Rescue From Submerged Vehicles

 
INFORMATION FOR SWR WORKSHOP PARTICIPANTS:

Scope of a Swiftwater Rescue Workshop

Workshop Participants And Explanations About Gear Requirements

EQUIPMENT AND GEAR PRIORITIES FOR SWIFTWATER RESCUE

A) We'll soon have some current rescue vest reviews of new vests that are now on the market.  Check back later.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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