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ACA Swiftwater Rescue, L4 – Bill Miles, instructor

March 2 @ 8:00 am - March 3 @ 5:00 pm

This course is being offered at the request of MWA & TRR.  The ACA L4 Swiftwater Rescue course 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.  We will cover boat-based rescue skills.  Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context.  This course is perfect for anyone who uses float streams or whitewater.  We’ve all seen a canoe wrapped around a tree– you will be able to respond.

Download the full ACA Course description from the ACA

Reserve your spot: To save your spot, contact the instructor (below). Registration will be open soon and managed via Earth’s Classroom, Inc., www.earthsclassroom.org

Requirements: thermal protection clothing, a rescue life jacket (instructor can lend), good footwear, a helmet, a boat IF you want (not required).  Post registration, the instructor will send a follow-up email to share additional details.

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 at nearby hotels or Airbnb.

Please read the letter that will be sent to registrants and reach out if you have any questions, to Bill about the course;  for Questions about the campground, call 573-326-9008.

Cost: $50 for registrants who initiated a MWA membership 8/1/23 or earlier. $200 for all others.  Minimum registrants 8 (for course to happen); Maximum 12.

Taught by Bill Miles, bjecroom@fidnet.com, 573-437-7628

ACA L-4 Whitewater Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
ACA L-4 Whitewater Canoe Instructor

See MWA Training Reimbursement Policy.  MWA reimburses for certain trainings with an MWA volunteer commitment expectation. You will need to fill out a web-based reimbursement request after you volunteer.


March 2 @ 8:00 am
March 3 @ 5:00 pm
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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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