Friday, December 21, 2007

Swiftwater Rescue Technican

SRT Level 1

Every couple of years this a course that needs to be redone. Just arriving home from India for Christmas, and leaving for Chile at the end of the month, I saw that Raven Rescue was running a course on the Nanaimo river. Though not the warmest location in the world, it would get me certified through 2010 with Rescue 3 International with the opportunity to audit the course for free within 3 yrs.
We had a pretty cool class of hydrologists, and people who worked around streams, creeks and rivers. This meant the course was geared toward swimming and lots of it. Good practice as always in water that was 2.5 degrees.

Enjoy the photos from this winter excursion. If in the area and interested in a course contact Craig Gerrard or Raven Rescue.

Setting up rescue systems.
The prusik knot.
Typical mechanical advantage system, or Z drag.
The Prussik Brake.
Gearing up for the swim.
Gear heading down to the bank of the Nanaimo river. Running at 30cms for the course, it hit 1200cms a few days before.
Setting up for the start of swimming on day 2.
Aggressive swimming.
Playing at a little hole swimming.

Shallow water crossings.
Live bait rescue and contact swimming.
Photos by David Prothero
Copyright 2007


Graham said...

Hi Dave - it was good seeing you again after all these years! And great blog by the way!

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