Mike Mather is our guest instructor for the two day swiftwater rescue course in Charlemont, MA. Learning from his years of paddling/rescue expertise will help prepare you for adventures ahead. This clinic takes a hands-on, in-the-water approach to practicing river rescue and safety skills. Learn river rescue techniques from the best in the industry!
Essential Rescue Skills for Paddlers
- 1-day Clinic
Learn Essential Rescue Skills for Paddlers in this 1 Day Clinic
This clinic is designed for people who paddle together and want to have the skills in order to look out for each other. We take a hands-on, in-the-water approach to teaching river rescue best practices and safety skills. Our emphasis is on judgment and managing river rescue situations, as well as rescue techniques that can be performed with minimal equipment. This course takes place at our base on land and on the river next to our base.
Essential Rescue Skills for Paddlers 1 Day Clinic
- June 10, 2023
- August 13, 2023
- September 16, 2023
- October 7, 2023
This course is ideal for rafters, canoeists, or kayakers who are just starting paddling or who want to jump-start their river safety skills. Participants should have some Class II paddling background.
You spend somewhere between four to five hours in your boat. You kneel (canoeists) or sit (kayakers) for much of this time. To prepare, you should stretch your thighs, hamstrings, and torso (back, stomach, shoulders, and neck). If you increase your flexibility, you will have more efficient strokes and be more comfortable in your boat.
What should I wear?
While some of the flatwater areas we use are quite warm in June, July, and August, the Deerfield River is always cool, regardless of the time of year or air temperature. When packing your paddling clothes, please plan accordingly, especially if you are coming early or late in the season (April, May, September, and October). Our clinics will run rain or shine.
Wear items such as:
- Synthetic long underwear, garments made of plypropylene, capilene, or some polyester/spandex blend
- Fleece or wool socks
- Bathing suit
- Fleece or wool jacket/sweater (early/late season or if you tend to chill easily)
Other items to bring:
- Retaining strap for glasses
- Nose plugs
- Required medications
- Extra money for snacks or T-shirts
Zoar Outdoor will provide:
- Paddle jacket
- Life jacket
- We provide a catered picnic-style lunch on all our clinics. Typical lunches include homemade rolls, sliced turkey, ham or other meats, sliced cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, chips, salsa, hummus, pasta or other salad, cookies or other dessert and hot and cold drinks
The following statement is required by state law: “Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.”
We do not use nuts in our food, but can not guarantee that the ingredients in our meals do not contain nuts or other food allergens. If you have food allergies or other special dietary needs, we strongly suggest you bring your own bag lunch in non-glass containers and we will pack it with the other lunches on your trip. Please inform our office if you intend to do this.
If you own your own equipment, we suggest you use it in the clinic to get used to its quirks.