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|What the professionals are saying about SWIFTWATER RESCUE
"A much-needed bridge between professional swiftwater and recreational whitewater communities"
TECHNICAL RESCUE Magazine No. 14 Summer 1997
Two books edited by Slim Ray-USA's top expert on safety in whitewater-have been released as new editions: "RIVER RESCUE - A MANUAL FOR WHITEWATER SAFETY" targeting for rafters and kayakers, and "SWIFTWATER RESCUE - A MANUAL FOR THE RESCUE PROFESSIONAL" targeting professional rescue staff such as police or fire departments. Both of the books treat the subject in such a comprehensive way which to date is not to be found in two books.
For us kayakers "RIVER RESCUE" serves both as a profound teaching basis and reference source, starting from describing objective and subjective danger, continuing with equipment, self rescue, use of throw ropes up to rather sophisticated rescue techniques. Pulley fans will absolutely be delighted.
Major focus has been put to the headings rescue organization, CPR and the rescue of injured. Hair-raising photos and many detailed drawings especially depicting knots and rope techniques illustrate the topics very well. This book is a "must" for anyone who is seeking a comprehensive description of anything concerning safety in kayaking.
"SWIFTWATER RESCUE" contains much of the basic principles of whitewater for the inexperienced. This book focuses more on employing "heavy" technical rescue equipment up to the use of helicopters being available with professional rescue organizations. In this sense this book to a lesser degree meets with the kayaker's demand for quick and effective action on the river as being equipped with basic safety equipment only. Anyhow, like the above, it is a stunning book impressing with many photos and drawings.
However, all theory remains meaningless and even the best books will fail to meet their purpose with lacking of due practical training and experience.
Alpiner Kajak Club TIP 93 edition December 1997 (Germany)
A review by Jim Segerstrom
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