Instructor: Rich Carlson
As a canyoneering guide and instructor for 27 years I held certifications in Swiftwater Rescue (SRT1 and SRT2) and became the first American to be certified as a swiftwater canyoning guide in Europe (1999). In the early days of the ACA I offered swiftwater canyon training (free or dirt cheap) on the Salt and Verde Rivers in Arizona, the Kern River in California and the Animas River in Colorado as part of our canyoneering rendezvous.
As interest in Class C canyons continues to grow, so does the need for understanding water and the acquisition of critical specialized skills.
Based on interest, I may start offering more free swiftwater training and hands-on practice sessions in the future.
Topics covered in this free introductory class will include:
• swiftwater terminology
• understanding the ACA rating system for Class C canyons
• gear considerations in swiftwater and Class C canyons
• understanding water flow, reading current and estimating CFS
• identifying hazards (i.e. hydraulics, strainers, siphons, undercuts)
• critical rope management considerations in swiftwater
• solo and buddy systems for swiftwater crossing
• rope systems for swiftwater crossing
• defensive and aggressive swimming in swiftwater
• ferry angle techniques for aggressive swimming
• jumps, slides and rappelling in strong current