Chad Benton brings fun, experience, and so much creativity to Swiftwater Safety. We will have you fully considering prevention any time you’re by the water, assessing your own limits and skills, working as an integral team member, thinking through problems, and realizing how quickly decisions need to be made.
We’ll cover self-rescue, risk management, and river safety and give you plenty of time to practice skills you might need for your own safety and rescue situations for others. This hands-on all-in course will focus on quickly developing and implementing responses. Our focus will be for boaters on class II/III rivers but the class would be great for anyone considering boating or playing in moving water.
No previous whitewater boating experience is required but experience in moving water will help you feel more at ease with the exercises. We will spend most of our time on land and in the water but NOT in boats and some (less) time in boats. Starting with a safety class is a great way to start out with whitewater!
Course fee is $75 for the 2 day course.
If you’d like to participate and the fee is a problem, please let us know. We have some scholarships available!
In an effort to keep costs low, we don’t offer official certificates for this course but we will provide certificates of completion for your personal satisfaction!
Message on Facebook or email NothwoodsOutdoorCenter@gmail.com to register. Space is limited and we expect this to fill quickly so register soon!
If you have a whitewater boat and gear, please bring it along to practice swimmer rescue. We may have time for a quick run on the Wolf River at the end of the day on Saturday.
Please bring plenty of warm clothes for being in the river and on land. Northwoods weather can be chilly even in June and the water is likely to still be quite cold.
Please make your own plans for breakfast and lunch. We will plan to head to Bob and Joni’s for dinner on Saturday and gather for a fire at Bear Paw.
Cabins and campsites are available at Bear Paw. If you’d like to connect to others for sharing campsites let us know and we can help make connections.
Bear Paw Outdoor Adventure Resort
N3494 WI-55, White Lake, WI 54491
Because we are a small business and need to plan around registrations, our clinic fees and deposits aren't refundable. We can often offer a credit, less a $50 rescheduling fee per participant, for another similar clinic in the same season if space is available.
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