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Rescue Rodeo - Beginner Level with Robert Nissenbaum

Saturday, May 11, 2024, 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM Pacific Time (US & Canada) (UTC-08:00)
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Todd Woodard
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Rescue Rodeo - Beginner Level

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024

Time: 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Instructor: Robert Nissenbaum

HITW Contact: Todd Woodard, Training Coordinator
Email: trainingcoordinator@holeinthewallpaddlingclub

Cost: $45

Maximum Group Size: 10 paddlers

Location: Deception Pass State Park, Bowman Bay
A Discover Pass is required for parking. Restrooms are available. 

Immersion gear is required, helmets are recommended.
Bring water and a snack.  


The class is a mix of education and practice. We will start with a 20-30 minute beach session at the beginning to cover safety stuff, the plan, and goals as well as a 20-30 min debrief. The middle two hours will be split between self and assisted rescues. 

Even if you think your rescue skills are solid, you will learn something valuable! I teach the concepts behind why we do the rescues the way we do because they never go as planned when really needed. This allows you to adapt in the moment. I stress techniques that are safe and secure for both parties in rough conditions.

We'll cover:

  • self-rescues - scrambles (2 different ways) and paddle float (3 different ways)
  • Assisted-rescues - the standard T, the scoop, and the stirrup
  • Paddle management (they always get in the way, don't they?)

Plan to swim...often. 
Plan to challenge yourself, try something new, and learn. 
Plan to have fun!