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Swiftwater Rescue in Redwood National Park

Swiftwater Rescue in Redwood National Park

As instructors of swiftwater rescue, we have the opportunity to train in some amazing environments with some very talented groups of people. From military special forces to recreational boaters, swiftwater rescue is applicable to a diverse cross section of the population. The National Park Service continues to be one of our favorite groups to work with.  We...

Swiftwater Entry: swim smarter not harder

Swiftwater Entry: swim smarter not harder

A swiftwater entry  doesn’t have to be graceful, it just has to gets the job done. A good swiftwater entry can make or break your swiftwater swim. Part superman, part belly flop, it involves extending yourself into the current and can give you the jump start you need to make your target. In our swiftwater rescue courses we tell students that its much...

River Guide First Aid and Rescue Training?

River Guide First Aid and Rescue Training?

If you are a governing Agency, or someone who is planning on venturing out on a river trip with your family or friends, have you asked the question: How much professional training do river guides have?  Seems like a logical question for someone who is embarking on a trip with family or friends. After all, anyone who has been to a Water Park experiences cheery...

The Truth about Throw Bags

The Truth about Throw Bags

The truth about throw bags, is that while they are one of a rescuer’s most valuable tools, they can also be a dangerous and deceptive weapon. While there is much discussion amongst Swiftwater Rescue professionals about type of rope, whether or not to have a loop on the end of the rope, and how to do “coil tosses”; quite frankly not enough...

Central Texas Flooding Report

Central Texas Flooding Report

Texas native and Sierra Rescue’s own, Zach Byars recently returned to Texas to his childhood home on the Blanco river in Wimberley where his family’s house was hit hard by the recent flooding. Byars wasn’t able to participate in the search and rescue efforts but was able to assist friends in family in the post-flood clean up effort. Says Byars,...

Preparation, Pre-plan contributes to safe boating

Preparation, Pre-plan contributes to safe boating

Boat safe. Be prepared One of the mainstays when approaching any rescue centers on the “K.I.S.S” theory: Keep it simple and safe. As rescue efforts unfold adhering to this simple acronym can help keep rescuers and bystanders safe. Another widely accepted phrase in the industry is that, “the best rescue is one that never happens.”  For whitewater...