Hells Gate State Park to Host Basic Water Safety and Rescue Course
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Hells Gate State Park will host a basic water safety and rescue class in March, in an effort to prepare possible first responders in the event of an accident. The course will feature both in-class and on-the-water exercises.
The purpose of the course will be to introduce participants to basic rescue, equipment, self-rescue techniques, and the hazards relating to water rescue. The course will be conducted in a classroom setting as well as in the water and will explore the effects and hazards of cold water to body in depth.
"Having water in and around our parks, we all have the potential to be a first responder involved in a water related incident," said Jeff Smith, Hells Gate State Park Assistant Manager. "Our instinct is to jump in and help out, but that is where things can go drastically wrong for those who have not considered the hazards that are present."
The water session of the class will be hands-on and involve participants being completely submerged in the cold water of the Snake River. Participants will have to spend enough time for the cold water effects to set in, then they will have to perform a few basic tasks. Local paramedics will be on-site and local marine deputies will be in the water with cold water gear to assure safety of the participants.
Subject: Basic Water Safety and Rescue
Where: Hells Gate State Park
When: Friday, March 28, all day.
Water Session: Boat Launch around 3:00 or 3:30 pm to about 4:30 or 5:00 pm.
Contact Jeff Smith for additional details or to schedule an interview.
Jeff Smith, Assistant Manager, Hells Gate State Park, (208)799-5015