River Safety Training (RST)
River Safety Training Class 2024
Welcome to this year's OWA sponsored River Safety Training, we are excited to be practicing skills on the river with you! This class will be taught on April 13th and 14th at Dodge park by three certified instructors and led by Sam Drevo of eNRG Kayaking. On Friday, 4/12 we will be leading a knot tying event at eNRG kayaking’s headquarters in Oregon City. The knot tying event will have FREE PIZZA and is a great way to get familiar with the knots used in the class, participation is optional but learning these knots beforehand will help in understanding the course content and executing the live exercises. Feel free to send me an email, , with any questions.
Dates: April 13th and 14th (Saturday and Sunday), optional knot tying practice with pizza Friday eve.
Hours: Instruction from 7:30-5:00 each day, knot tying event 6-8pm
Location: Dodge Park, 11021 SE Lusted Rd, Sandy, OR 97055,
Knot tying event location: 1701 Clackamette Dr, Oregon City, OR 97045-1042
Food: Coffee, water, 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 - rain and cool temps are likely. Camp chair and personal coffee cup are recommended. Participants are encouraged to mark any personal rescue gear they may choose to use (carabiners, prussiks, flip lines, etc.) with colored electrical tape or in some other durable way to ensure their gear is recovered at the end of the weekend. Use of personal rescue gear is optional, instructors will have everything needed for course content and practical exercises.
Cost: $70 per person. (This is an 18 and older event)
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
Class Sign Up
To sign up for the trip, become a member, fill out the eNRG waiver and pay your class fee using the shopping cart button below.
Step 1: OWA Membership
Membership in OWA is required for River Safety Training. If you are already a current member, you may skip to the next section.
Not a member of Oregon Whitewater yet? Please sign up for a membership first and then come back to sign the waiver and pay for the course.
Join the Oregon Whitewater Association
Step 2: Fill out eNRG Waiver
Fill out the eNRG Waiver below and click the "Agree to this Document" button. Make sure to click that button before moving on to the payment section.
Every person in your party needs to have the waiver filled out, even if you are paying for them.