For families, free raft safety clinic this weekend

WILSON, Wyo. — Make sure you and your family stay safe on the river this summer! The Snake River Fund is hosting a FREE Family Raft Safety and Flip Clinic this Saturday, July 18 from noon-4 p.m. at the R Park in Wilson. The clinic is open to the public and donations are accepted.

Clinic Objectives:

  1. Learn the proper use of lifejackets
  2. Practice using throw bags
  3. Practice flipping
  4. Experience what it’s like to be under a capsized raft
  5. Practice righting a capsized raft in the calm waters of R Park

Join the Snake River Fund for a safety primer for running rivers with your family. The Snake River Fund and R Park are teaming up to practice basic river safety and rescue skills in the controlled environment of R Parks’s pond. This event is open to the public and will provide participants with the opportunity to learn about proper life jacket sizing and use.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and practice using throw bags in a simulated rescue environment. Participants will also learn how to properly be retrieved with a throw bag. Throw bags will be available to use at no charge, but participants are encouraged to bring their own throw bags for use as well.

A few different sized rafts will then be provided and the clinic will focus on practicing flipping. In addition, participants will learn how to swim out from under a capsized raft, climb on top and re-right the raft.

These skills are more advanced and often scary. By practicing a response to a simulated “emergency” in a controlled setting, such as a pond, it will better prepare you for how to address a true emergency on the river.

This will be a hands-on clinic. However, participation will be limited to one family per instructor in the water at a time. All participants entering the water must wear a properly fitted lifejacket. All participants will need to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk prior to beginning the clinic.

In light of COVID-19, participants are encouraged to bring their own life jackets and throw bags. Social distancing is encouraged as much as possible. Families will be asked to participate in their respective family groups. No food or beverage will be supplied, so please bring your own snacks. If you are ill or have symptoms of illness please refrain from participating.

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