River Safety Training

River Safety Training

This year River Safety Training (RST) will be offered the weekend of April 18-19, again at Dodge Park. We will have three primary instructors who will be coordinated by Sam Drevo and eNRG Kayaking.  As always we will also have dedicated assistants and safety kayakers on site.

This is a fast paced, fun weekend course that teaches and strengthens skills needed for safe operation in and around whitewater.  The cost of instruction is highly subsidized by the OWA Safety & Training program.  Accidents happen and whitewater is inherently dangerous.  The RST course is designed to help you mitigate danger by giving you tools/skills to assess the situation and then act/react. 

Any questions, please send an email to safety(at)oregonwhitewater.org.

River Safety Training Class 2020


Purchase this if you are a current OWA member. If you are not a club member, please purchase the New Member below which includes the cost of the class plus one year membership.

Lead Instruction: eNRG Kayaking

Registration: www.OregonWhitewater.org/rescue

Registration Fee (Non‐Refundable): Members - $70, Non-Memebers $100 (Includes membership) 

Course Size: First 36 registrants.

Dates:  April 18 through April 19  (Saturday and Sunday)

Hours: Instruction from 7:30-5:00 each day

Location: Dodge Park – Sandy Oregon

Food:   Coffee, water, electrolyte drinks, sweet and salty snacks will be provided but you are on your own for lunch.  Please bring lunch with you so you don't have to leave the area to go get it.
Gear: This is an in/out of water course and requires a drysuit, helmet, PFD and footwear.  Dress for the weather for classroom instruction.

This two-day river safety training is a hands-on customized class for recreational kayakers, rafters, and guides who want to hone their swiftwater 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.

Specific River Safety Drills Will Include

  • Safely swimming in swiftwater
  • Fording shallow and fast-moving water utilizing various techniques
  • Crossing deep, slow-moving and fast-moving water utilizing basic gear, small boats, and combinations of the two.
  • Understanding swiftwater rescue team organization
  • Utilizing climbing and technical rescue gear applicable to swiftwater rescue
  • Utilize basic communication strategies
  • Practical exercises to reinforce classroom theory
eNRG Kayaking
1701 Clackamette Dr.
Oregon City, OR, 97045
(503) 772-1122
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River Safety Training Class 2020 - New Member


Everything is the same as above. This is for people who are not currently a member of OWA. This will include the cost of the class plus your first year's OWA membership.

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