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Regardless of skill, running rivers presents an element of danger. As whitewater paddling continues to grow in popularity and more thrill-seekers push the boundaries of the sport, accidents are inevitable.

In Whitewater Rescue Manual, two paddlers who have long been at the forefront of whitewater safety and rescue present a tightly focused look at the best, most current techniques for both self-rescue and rescue of others on the river. The authors provide well-reasoned guidance that will teach you when to stay with the boat and when not to; how to retrieve a lost boat; how to swim out of trouble and when not to swim; how to reach a victim by wading, swimming, or using ropes; how to coordinate a rescue effort; how to make sure that would-be rescuers don't become victims; how to properly perform first aid and safely evacuate injured paddlers; and much more.

This well-illustrated guide is essential reading for canoeists, kayakers, and rafters of all levels--as well as river guide trainees, participants in river rescue courses, and whitewater instructors.

Praise for Whitewater Rescue Manual

"This book is the most complete, detailed, state-of-the-art compilation of whitewater rescue techniques I've seen. It achieves a commendable balance between stressing the 'how-to' of river rescue skills and the judgment needed to use them. It belongs on the bookshelf of every serious paddler."--Gordon Black, Director of Instruction, Nantahala Outdoor Center

"Whitewater paddler or rescue team member, Whitewater Rescue Manual makes a welcome addition to anyone's emergency library, reflecting the working association between the ACA, Rescue 3, and other professional river rescue courses."--Jim Segerstrom, Founder, Rescue 3 International

"Whitewater Rescue Manual looks at both the 'hard' and the 'soft' sides of river rescue, placing equal emphasis on group organization, judgment, self-rescue, and rope handling to give a balanced picture of how to avoid accidents and how to deal with them when they happen."--Bruce Lessels, Director of Zoar Outdoors

"This is as close to real-life safety and rescue techniques as you can get without getting wet. Few people know river rescue like Walbridge and Sundmacher, and they share their knowledge in an informative and entertaining way. This is the most up-to-date information available, and is destined to become a standard text for river runners."--Jeff Bennett, author, Washington Whitewater, Rafting, and The Complete Inflatable Kayaker

"Whitewater Rescue Manual takes river rescue one step further in its evolution. The authors' focus is on practical solutions to everyday whitewater mishaps. Highly recommended."--Kent Ford, producer of whitewater instruction videos


Whitewater Rescue Manual is for all whitewater padlers, beginner to expert. This book presents the best techniques for self-rescue and rescue of companions on the river.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-184) and index.

About the Author

Charles Walbridge has 27 years' experience as a whitewater paddler, guide, and instructor. He was safety chair of the American Whitewater Affiliation from 1986 to 1991 and has served the American Canoe Association in the same capacity since 1977. Wayne A. Sundmacher Sr., a professional instructor and certified emergency medical technician, has been teaching safety programs for outdoor enthusiasts and rescue agencies for more than a decade. He has served on safety teams for world-class whitewater races and co-developed the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Program with Charlie Walbridge. Charlie makes his home in Penllyn, Pennsylvania; Wayne in Mercerville, New Jersey.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Keeping Out of Trouble

Chapter 2. Equipment Safety Check

Chapter 3. Swimming and Wading

Chapter 4. Throw Ropes: Selection and Use

Chapter 5. Swimming and Line-Based Rescues

Chapter 6. Recovering Pinned Boats

Chapter 7. Retrieving Runaway Boats

Chapter 8. In-Boat Entrapments, Body Pins, and Unconscious-Swimmer Rescues

Chapter 9. First Aid

Chapter 10. Evacuation and Transport

Chapter 11. Advanced River Rescue Skills

Appendix A. Knots

Appendix B. Safety Code of the American Whitewater Affiliation

Appendix C. Resources


Product Details

Sundmacher, Wayne A.
Sundmacher, Wayne A.
Sundmacher Wayne
Walbridge Charles
Walbridge, Charles
International Marine Publishing
Camden, Me. :
Water Sports
Search and rescue operations
White-water canoeing
Rafting (sports)
Search and rescue operations -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Kayaking -- Safety measures -- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Swimming,Techniques,Handling Rope,Wading,Equipment Safety,Trouble,Rafters Whitewater Rescue,Kayakers,Canoeists,Recovering Pinned Boats,Special Rescue Techniques,Live Victim Rescues
White-water canoeing -- Safety measures.
Rafting (Sports) -- Safety measures.
Outdoors-Canoeing Kayaking and Rafting
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Publication Date:
July 1995
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9.20x7.41x.59 in. .94 lbs.

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