Swiftwater Rescue instruction, L4, is a program emphasizing safety, enjoyment and instruction of swiftwater rescue skills in public, private and commercial settings. The course will have a minimum of 16 contact hours over 2 days. On river instruction will be on the St. Francis River, Missouri, a Class 2-3 section (https://www.americanwhitewater.org/content/River/view/river-detail/2921/main). Off river instruction will be at Cinco de Mayo Campground (where sleeping accommodations are separately available). Applicants should register on the MWA website (https://missouriwhitewater.org/calendar/category/training/). Cost is $175, due in advance, with registration.
This two-day course immerses participants in swiftwater instruction. Participants will need to be prepared to be in (or on water in their boat) about 4/5 of the time, regardless of weather conditions, unless hazardous (storms or extreme heat or cold). Participants should bring whatever items they need to be comfortable and to paddle.
Course printed materials are provided as part of the program cost. Successful completion of the entire program will result in a nationally recognized ACA Certification. Instruction will be delivered by Tom Burroughs
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
Contact Information Missouri Whitewater Association