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Articles by Ken Whiting

Group Rescue: Aided Re-entry

Photos by Paul Villecourt As a group leader or instructor, you often have a different relationship with the…

Self-Rescue: Swimming

There are two ways of swimming through a rapid. You can swim defensively or offensively. Defensive swimming is…

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Advanced Rescue - Tethered Rescue

The best rescues are the most basic rescues and the ones that keep the rescuer as clear as possible from dange…

Creek Boating Safety Equipment

Creekboating is as much a game of strategy as it is a sport. Half of your time on creeks is spent scouting, an…

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Using the Power of the River

When I was learning, I was taught that kayaking was all about technique and that you didn't need to be powerfu…

Managing Holes

Holes provide your most formidable challenge when running a rapid. More often than not, the line you pick thro…

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Lateral Momentum

Lateral momentum refers to the speed we generate perpendicular to the main current. For most river running mov…

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Backward Awareness

In 1992, my paddling improved more dramatically than in any other year. The reason was simple. My buddy, Paul …

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Turning Midstream

The first river running skills that any paddler will learn are how to carve in and out of eddies and how to&nb…

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Ferries

Ferrying is the act of moving from one side of the river to the other with minimal downstream drift and like t…

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Eddy Turns

Eddy turn refers to the action of moving from the main current into an eddy, or vice-versa, and is also common…

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Combat Rolling

Rolling in moving water can be more difficult in some instances, but current can also help your roll out at ti…

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