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OKCC Swiftwater Safety Training Weekend with Lee Baker

July 22 @ 8:00 am - July 23 @ 5:00 pm PDT


New to Whitewater? Out of date on your swiftwater safety training? If you're a current OKCC member, reserve one of the 18 spots for the 2023 OKCC Swiftwater Safety Training Weekend July 22nd-23rd!

This class is an ACA Swiftwater Rescue level 4 course that takes a kayak specific approach to learning the fundamentals of rescue. The course is highly interactive and designed to challenge kayakers of all skill levels, so beginners and experienced paddlers alike are welcome. Participants will need a hardshell or inflatable kayak for the downriver portions of the course as well as a PFD, whitewater helmet, whistle, appropriate immersion wear & footwear, throw bag, and at least 2 float bags (hardshells only) and of course, a current signed OKCC waiver.

Instructor: Lee Baker of Gradient River Essentials. Lee is an experienced Level 4 ACA instructor with over 25 years of whitewater experience.

Location: TBD, Likely the Middle Fork Willamette

Cost: $125 for current OKCC members.

Topics Covered: Recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed on both personal safety ad commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risk for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins will also be practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Please note: Campsites will be reserved and paid for by OKCC. The club will also provide coffee and snacks, but meals and beverages are the responsibility of each participant. Please direct any questions to Chris Massey at (503) 369-2127 or at chrisamassey@gmail.com


July 22 @ 8:00 am PDT
July 23 @ 5:00 pm PDT
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Black Canyon Campground, Middle Fork Willamette River
Hwy 58, 8 miles east of Oakridge
Oakridge, Oregon


Oregon Kayak & Canoe Club
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