Wet Planet river guide and Rescue 3 certifying river rescue instructor Jonathan Blum continues to enlighten another group of river professionals and enthusiasts with this past weekend’s Whitewater Rescue Technician course. This certification, through Rescue 3 International, helps build confidence and experience in maintaining safe river trips, as the 6 participants discovered.
The group used classroom facilities right here at the Wet Planet base to begin their three days of river rescue skill. Practicing with the equipment that a typical river guide, kayaker or rafter can carry, the group explored the benefits of mechanical advantage. Instructor Jonathan Blum demonstrated which knots and anchor systems work best for specific scenarios, allowing the participants to set up them on their own. The classroom also allowed the group to discuss the most efficient procedures in assessing a scene before taking the knowledge to the river.
Sitting right on the White Salmon River, Wet Planet’s location allowed for more time spent on practicing these skills. The group used rafts and kayaks while descending the rapids to create real-life scenarios of possible problems that can occur when on the river. The most difficult part of many courses is creating scenarios on the river that can safely educate without creating a true rescue. Jonathan has been using the White Salmon to instruct the Whitewater Rescue Technician course for years.
The people at Wet Planet truly believe in creating a safe and passionate river community. By offering courses like this weekend’s WRT, they know that more people will be getting out to enjoy the waters safely.
If you are interested in knowing more about river rescue, look into the next WRT course this September!