IWC/IDNR Swift Water Rescue Clinic

Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, 2022

Short description: This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills to perform swift water rescues. The course will focus on using rescue equipment such as throw ropes and the rescue pfd. There will be an emphasis on swimming in current, tethered rope rescues, rescue wading and boat rescues.

Main emphasis: Is to provide knowledge to perform swift water rescues as well as decision making skills during a swift water rescue. The course will introduce new techniques for those unfamiliar with swift water rescue and provide a re-fresher for participants with previous training. Rescue swimming and rope management are integral to this course. Additional emphasis focuses on managing the rescue to avoid having other participants from becoming additional victims during the rescue event.

Target audience: kayak or canoe paddlers who paddle on Class 2 and above water.

Class size: limited to 20 students

Date offered: Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10, 2022

Location: To be determined (Manchester Whitewater Park; alternate sites Charles City Whitewater Park or Ames North River Valley Park)

Start time: 9:00 am each day

Finish time: 5:00 p.m on Saturday, 4:00 p.m on Sunday

This is an American Canoe Association sanctioned event.


  • The cost for the course is $70 for ACA individual members.
  • The cost for participants who are not ACA members is $80 which includes a $10 ACA Event Membership.

Fee based on your ACA Membership

Full refunds if class is cancelled due to weather or water levels.

Please download, complete and submit both of the following forms to Glenn Harman, lead instructor.

For forms submittal and additional questions, please contact Glenn Harman by sending email to

Completed hardcopy paper forms can be sent by USPS mail to: Glenn Harman, 3286 Waverly Ave, Shelby, IA 51570.

Equipment needed: your own food (snacks, lunch, liquids), suitable paddling gear for air and water temperatures (dress for getting wet, have towels and dry clothes for after), helmet, rescue pfd, throw rope, kayak or canoe paddle suitable for moving water use (possible rocks), whitewater kayak or whitewater useable canoe, air bags/flotation in kayak or canoe, spray skirt for whitewater kayak unless a sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Any other rescue equipment that you might use such as carabiners and pulleys.

Skills needed to take the class: This is not a whitewater kayak or canoe skills course, so individuals should have the ability to kayak or canoe independent of the class with the ability to self-rescue. Boating skills that are highly desirable include the ability to ferry in current and perform eddy turns and peel outs. If using a kayak with a spray skirt a kayak roll is highly desirable; ability to wet exit is required. The ability to swim is also required.