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VIDEOS: Whitewater Safety for Kayakers

Learn how to stay safe with this series from Canoe & Kayak, Jim Coffey and Mike McKay


Whitewater kayaking is a fun and growing sport, but paddling through rapids or down waterfalls can be very dangerous.

The following video series was produced by Jim Coffey—founder of R3: Rescue for River Runners—in conjunction with Canoe and Kayak Magazine and Mike McKay.

The videos were shot in Costa Rica, Mexico and Canada and cover several aspects of white water rescue including group dynamics and self-rescue.  

Of course, the series can’t take the place of a whitewater safety course. Make sure to seek additional training if you’re serious about the sport.

PART I: Equipment for Kayaking and Rescue
PART II: Group Dynamic, Supplies and Scouting
PART III: Swimming, Self-Rescue and Boat-Rescue
PART IV: Throwbags and Other Essentials
PART V: Direct Contact and Wading Techniques

PART VI: Basic Skills with the PFD Rescue Harness

PART VII: Live-Bait Rescue

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