There are a lot of new, cool advancements on the Swiftwater Rescue Front.
Sierra Rescue, owned and operated by our good friends Julie Munger and Abigail Polsby, have amassed an amazing group of river rescue experts to collaborate on keeping their field guide and manual/workbook together. Esprit’s Jim Coffey was selected to be a part of this dynamic team of advisors and to contribute to some of the most modern, up to date, state of the art resources for swift water rescue.
Get the App! In addition to the field guide and workbook R3-Recue for River Runners has taken another giant step forward and produced the world’s first App for Swiftwater rescue. The new R3-Rescue for River Runners App is available at the App Store and Google Play . The App features the award winning R3-Rescue for River Runners video series, instruction tips and tricks, the “Playbook” for advanced rope access and much more. It is free to download and is designed to help people teach and practice their rescue skills.
Mexico continues to impress with the first ever R3-Elite course being taught to the guides of Armonia Rafting. Their amazing team can be seen in action as the rescuers on the App’s new “Rescue Playbook”. They do an amazing job demonstrating some advanced rope skills.
Esprit’s fearless leader is now the American Canoe Association’s (ACA’s) first Level 5 Instructor Trainer for Swiftwater Rescue. Under the mentorship of the ACA’s Sam Fowlkes and Robin Pope, Jim will now be able to certify members of the paddling public to teach Swiftwater Rescue classes. This will usher in a new era of instructors to share their knowledge of river safety.
After a series of incidents in the SE United States a team of Swiftwater Rescue Instructors have banded together to teach a “Memorial” River Rescue Course in Honour of (amongst others) Burton Greer and Maria Noakes. Adding to the mix, Jim will head down to the Ocoee River as a guest instructor. This is a great initiative from the organizers where participants will receive the course as well as equipment, books (Nate Ostis) and Field Guides (Julie Munger) all free of charge. “Big Ups” to Dave Bazemore for putting this initiative together.