Whitewater Rescue Manual: New Techniques for Canoeists, Kayakers, and Rafters

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McGraw Hill Professional, Jul 1, 1995 - Education - 224 pages
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Regardless of skill, running rivers near the limits of one's ability is exhilarating but taxing. There is a random element of risk in even the simplest drops. Accidents are always possible, and river runners must be prepared to deal with them. This book presents the best techniques for self-rescue and rescue of companions on the river. Subjects include, equipment safety, rope-handling skills, swimming rescues, recovering a pinned or runaway boat, and first aid. Exciting case histories are interlaced as sidebars to the running text. Whitewater Rescue Manual is for all whitewater paddlers, beginning to expert.

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Contents

Keeping Out of Trouble
1
Equipment Safety Check
13
Swimming and Wading
29
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About the author (1995)

Charles Walbridge has 27 years' experience as a whitewater paddler, guide, and instructor. He was safety chair of the American Whitewater Affiliation from 1986 to 1991 and has served the American Canoe Association in the same capacity since 1977. Wayne A. Sundmacher Sr., a professional instructor and certified emergency medical technician, has been teaching safety programs for outdoor enthusiasts and rescue agencies for more than a decade. He has served on safety teams for world-class whitewater races and co-developed the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Program with Charlie Walbridge. Charlie makes his home in Penllyn, Pennsylvania; Wayne in Mercerville, New Jersey.

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