Personal Movement in Water - Group A

Field trip: Waterfall Canyoning Course

Personal Movement in Water - Group A - Snoqualmie Powerhouse to Plum Landing

Learn the dynamics of whitewater and how to assist others in hydraulic and other water obstacles. Practice incident scenarios specific to a canyon environment, and learn how to manage canyoning incidents.

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 1.0 mi

We'll confirm the night before, but plan on 8am at the North Bend Safeway.

NOTE: A Discover Pass is needed for all vehicles parked at the river access lot. By carpooling from Safeway, we will only need five cars with Discover Passes.

Whitewater poses a unique hazard in aquatic canyons, requiring knowledge of ways to move through current, identifying obstacles such as hydraulics, and managing ropes and rigging safely for whitewater. On this day, students will develop water movement skills specific to a canyon environment. We'll practice swimming in current, ferry angles, as well as aggressive and defensive swimming. We'll practice partner assistance, diving, swimming release and managing heat and cold injury. We'll discuss the important considerations around flotation and pack management for safe descent in a narrow aquatic canyon environment. We’ll then discuss common hazards in a canyon, and practice team incident management and evacuation.


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instructors will earn:


Snoqualmie Powerhouse to Plum Landing

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

All equipment is provided for use during the course. However, if you have your own gear, we encourage you to use it. Please talk to the instructor in advance.

The whitewater day will be the first day in wet suits. Arrive prepared to put your wet suit on (we recommend wearing a bathing suit underneath). Bring a towel and clothes for the drive home.

You will also need your harnesses, helmets and all of your hardware.

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