Advanced Swiftwater Training

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  1. Jeff Randall

    Jeff Randall ESEE Knives / Randall's Adventure & Training Staff Member

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    Part of our crew had the honor of working alongside some top notch Air Force ParaRescue (PJs) for 5 days of advanced swiftwater rescue training on the Nantahala River. Here's a few pics from the day time training. Didn't carry my camera out during the night ops but basically everything you see here except done in the dark.

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    Yall are a bunch of badasses. Well done. I hate water.
     
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    Water scares the hell out of me also. Doing this class last year gave me a lot more confidence, so we went back and did it again this year with a group of PJs. Those guys like to play hard. The night ops and doing the swims and rescues in the Class III stuff was challenging but a helluva lot of fun. We're all pretty beat down, bruised up and water logged this morning.
     
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    Tons of respect. Tons.
     
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    Little bit different survival training than rubbing sticks together. Good work.
     
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    Fighting my rescuer trying to pull him out of the boat. I lost.

     
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    This is probably the most fun of any class I have ever taken. Sometimes a bit scary (especially at night), you get beat to hell on all the rocks when you're doing defensive swims in shallow water, and very tiring, but loads of fun.
     
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    Go for the eyes next time. He will let you drown.
     
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    We were just trying to make it slightly difficult to show them difficulties with a combative victim. Later on in the class the PJs started attacking each other from one boat to the next. They'd sneak up on the boat in front of them and do a flying leap from one boat on to another and take a team mate over the side.
     
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    Thats awesome!!! Id have liked to see them at work for sure!
     
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    Very impressive and I can imagine quite exhaustive.
     
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    Those PJs are some fit dudes but we were all pretty beat down at the end of the class. No one ever lost their sense of humor though and if our instructor would have said we're going back out to do rescues for another 4 hours, everyone would have just suited up and made it happen. As a buddy of mine once said, just cuss on the way. It was a real pleasure working around folks that just get the job done without complaining about how tired, hurt or sore they are and just do everything for the team. Hardest part of this whole training was putting that stinking wetsuit on every morning.
     
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    I bet Kevin whore kneepads.
     
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    Whoa! Savage.
     
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    The whole trip. The PJs made him camp bitch.
     
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    Brutal........
     
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