Swift water safety training

In early June, Barge staff member Al successfully completed a Swift Water Rescue Course designed to train people who work with groups in and around moving water to respond to emergency situations. 

Al reports:

Nestled deep within the mountains of northern Thailand on the Maetang River, I spent three days camping by the riverside in a traditional rural Thai village. The course involved a healthy mix of classroom theory on safety and rescue, and river-based live-scenario training where participants had the chance to lead a team in an emergency response situation. I learned about rescuer safety and equipment, throw-bagging techniques, rope and pulley systems and administering first aid on the riverbank. While both physically and mentally demanding, the course was very enjoyable with a strong team work element and the skills learned will come in useful in maintaining a high level of water safety on Barge trips.

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