It almost felt like summer at Wet Planet this weekend, with people sitting in the sun on the front porch, boaters putting in and getting off the river, and some great kayak instruction going on. It was hard to believe that it’s still just the beginning of March!
Saturday was our One-Day River Rescue Course for Paddlers. This popular one-day river rescue course is designed to provide hands on practice in basic rescue skills for whitewater paddlers. The day began with a classroom session focusing on the basics philophies of river rescue, and then quickly moved into practicing hands on techniques. Students got to work on different rope techniques to deal with swimmers, foot entrapped victims, kayakers entrapped in their boats, and pinned boats. After a delicious lunch, everyone headed out to the river for some hands on practice. Students took turns swimming through rattlesnake rapid and throwing ropes to the swimmers. It’s always great practice! The last part of the day was spent in rattlesnake creek working through different “real life” scenarios. Instructors Todd Collins and Heather Herbeck took turns entrapping themselves in the water, giving students the opportunity to practice rescuing them. All in all it was a great day. We have posted some photos of the course on our facebook page, as well as some entertaining video of the course.
Sunday was the day for our classic Pacific Northwest Creeking Clinic. This one-day clinic is designed specifically for intermediate/advanced paddlers who have the desire to work on their creeking skills in order to begin enjoying many of the amazing Pacific Northwest creek runs. Again, the weather cooperated, with the sunshine bringing down the snow and giving us great water levels. After listening to Andy Round’s (Wet Planet kayak instructor and creek boating extraordinare) words of wisdom on creeking specific paddling techniques, the crew headed for the West Fork of the Hood River. The group spent the day paddling the West Fork, working on tight eddy turns, precise ferries, boofing, group communication and organization in a creek environment, and the occasional rescue of a swimmer. Another great day!