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ACA Swiftwater Rescue

04/22/2023 - 04/23/2023


This course is perfect for anyone who uses float streams or whitewater– we’ve all seen a canoe wrapped around a tree.  The ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed both on personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Fundamental and more advanced techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments, and pins, also are practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.

Download the full ACA Course description from the ACA

Reserve your spot below. We will follow up via email to get the additional details required to complete your registration.  Requirements: thermal protection clothing, a rescue life jacket (instructor can lend), good foot wear, a helmet, a boat IF you want (not required).

Location Information:  Class will start & end at Cinco de Mayo Campground – Riverside RV Park in Farmington. On water experience will be at the St Francis River, Millstream Gardens, Missouri. Bring a cooler with your own food. We encourage you to book your accommodations with the Campground OR there are hotels & Airbnb nearby.

Please read the letter that will be sent to registrants and reach out if you have any questions, to Tom about the course;  to Sally Haywood for other logistics, haywood.sally@gmail.com, 314-374-9206; for Questions about the campground, call 573-326-9008.

Cost: $175. Minimum registrants 8 (for course to happen); Maximum 24.

Taught by Tom Burroughs, SwiftwaterRescue@gmail.com, 479-595-1655

ACA Safety and Rescue Committee Chair

ACA L-5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Trainer Educator

ACA L-4 Whitewater Kayak Instructor Trainer Educator
ACA L-4 Whitewater Rafting Instructor Trainer

2015 ACA “Excellence in Instruction” National Award Recipient

ITRA Level 3V Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

NREMT/EMT-W/MPIC – Wilderness Medicine Instructor

Team Leader- Washington CO AR Search and Rescue team
Director, Ozark Safety and Rescue Educators / Clear Creek Paddlesports

Member- Wilderness Medical Society

See MWA Training Reimbursement Policy.  MWA reimburses for certain trainings with an MWA volunteer commitment expectation. You do need to fill out a web-based reimbursement request after you volunteer.
Military service members or veterans, Team River Runner (TRR) has a grant that will enable them to reimburse you after the successful completion of this course.  If interested, please contact Tom Cooke, the StL TRR Chapter Coordinator, at stltrr@teamriverrunner.org or 314-707-0150.  Ideally you would use your new skills as a future volunteer with TRR.


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Cinco De Mayo Campground
1042 Hwy H
Farmington, MO 63640 United States
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(573) 326-9008
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