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How to Catch a Throw Bag

Video Transcript

At some point in time you may find that you're the person in the water on the receiving end of a throw bag. If that's the case, when the bag lands, what you want to do is try and get hold of the bag. Once you have hold of it, transfer it into your in river hand, the one away from shore. Pull your elbow in close to your body, grab on to the rope so when it comes under tension, coming across your upstream shoulder. At that point in time, your body will shift and swing into position so that you're now parallel with your rope, and the current will push your body on ferry angle in towards shore.

Catching a throwbag is a very important skill, and if we catch it in the wrong way our body could spin out the opposite direction, become perpendicular with the line, and put a considerable amount of force on ourselves as well as the person anchoring the end of our line. Again, sometimes we find ourselves on the receiving end of a throw bag, and its important that we catch it with rescue expertise in mind. Catching a throw bag using these techniques really are some very fine, but very important details to be able to put less stress on ourselves as the swimmer, as well as on our anchor point.

Really what we want to do is get that rope, get into position, swing nice and easily into shore, so we can get back in our boat and enjoy the rest of the time on the river


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