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Westwater Whitewater River Rescue
From Friday, April 08, 2011 -  08:00am
To Sunday, April 10, 2011 - 05:00pm
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Location : Moab and Westwater Canyon

Westwater Whitewater River Rescue - Active hands-on training in risk management. This is a swiftwater rescue course on Westwater Canyon on the Colorado River.


April 8-10, 2011

Fee: $400.00 Deposit $125.00 balance due 30 days prior; fees include boats, shuttles, meals, support, river use fees. Deposit non-refundable unless you fill your spot. Class session in Moab followed by overnight Westwater Canyon river trip.

For commercial guide, private boater, field biologist, emergency & ranger personnel. Previous river running experience required.

4gui_raft_tipWestwater Canyon Whitewater River Rescue

Canyonlands Field Institute offers first aid and river rescue courses for land, river and air tour guides. Courses are primarily designed for rangers and back-country guides, outdoor educators and other professionals who work outdoors, but are open to the public. Courses based in Moab. Enrollment is limited and these programs fill quickly.

Westwater Canyon River Rescue provides active hands-on training in risk management for the experienced commercial guide, private boater, field biologist and emergency or ranger personnel. Participants learn and practice techniques for accident prevention, preparedness, and actual rescue. Emphasis is on boat-based, in-flow rescue techniques for high volume river flows as well as shore-based rope system techniques applicable to lower volume river flows. Activities involve knot tying, establishing anchor systems, developing mechanical advantage rope systems (Z-drags and piggy backs), use of throw ropes, flipping and righting rafts, and self-rescue swimming. Discussions and demonstrations will cover trip leadership, and rescue/evacuation plans specifically for Westwater Canyon.

"I loved the course. The class made me desire even more knowledge... it was inspiring will be a much better informed and therefore at-ease guide in the (Grand) canyon this summer The CFI class was beautifully run and the guides and instructors a pleasure."

...Jocelyn Gibbon, Flagstaff, AZ, April 2003

Fully outfitted trip, boats & food provided. Full wetsuits and helmets required (rentals available).

Instruction is by Chamisa Weinmeister who has co-taught this CFI course for several years. Chamisa owns a small outfitting company in New Mexico that conducts rescue courses as well as commercial river trips; she has extensive Grand Canyon and international river guiding experience. Additional instruction by CFI Guide Trainer Chris Michaud.

Limited to 15 open enrollment participants plus 5 CFI river guides and interns in training.

Wetsuit, sleeping kit rental is Available


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Canyonlands Field Institute,
1320 South Highway 191,
PO Box 68,
Moab Ut 84532
Tel: 435.259.7750 • Toll free: 800.860.5262 • Fax: 435.259.2335

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