2022 River Safety Training

This year River Safety Training (RST) will be offered again at Dodge Park. As most of you know, this is our signature safety event for the year and we want to make sure the class is full. We will again have three primary instructors who will be coordinated by Sam Drevo and eNRG Kayaking.

2022 River Safety Training

Dodge Park

River Safety Training Class 2022: Class will be taught by Certified instructors led by Sam Drevo of ENRG Kayaking. Unlike years past, we will not have access to the community building or camping. Knot tying event on Friday evening, pizza included. Will be a chance to get a head start on the basic knots used in the class that will be led by Bruce Ripley. Location for knot tying class to be announced. Feel free to send Matt Saucy an e-mail, safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org with any questions. 



Dates: April 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday), optional knot tying practice with pizza Friday eve. 

Hours: Instruction from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. Knot tying event will be from 6 p.m. till 8 p.m.

Location: Dodge Park, 11021 SE Lusted Rd, Sandy, OR 97055. Knot tying event TBD.

Food: Coffee, water, drinks, sweet and salty snacks will be provided. You are on your own for lunch. Please bring lunch with you so you don't have to leave the area to go get lunch.

Gear: This is an in/out of water course and requires a dry suit or wetsuit, helmet, PFD and footwear. Dress for the weather for classroom instruction. Camp chair and coffee cup recommended.

Cost: $75 per person. (This is an 18 and older event).


Class Summary:

This two-day river safety training is a hands-on customized class for recreational kayakers, rafters, cat-boaters and guides who want to hone their swift water rescue skills. Each day is broken up into a classroom module and an experiential component. Day 1 starts with rescue theory and hydrology. We will introduce several different types of ropes and teach the minimalist approach to hardware, knots and other tools. We will introduce foot entrapments / bow pins, contact rescues, wading rescues and swimming in rapids. Day 2 focuses on group management, victim behavior and preemptive safety. We will teach you how to build and pick proper anchors and elaborate on mechanical advantage. Finally, we will recreate real life scenarios that will test all the knowledge you have learned and help you build the judgment that will help save lives. 


Matt Saucy safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org       


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