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SHARK Invitational (Swift H2O Advanced Rescue Knowledge)

Hello Swiftwater Technicians of the North!

You are invited to a fun regional training event the weekend of July 21-23. This will be a scenario-based opportunity for us all to practice and improve our skills, meet our neighbouring swiftwater teams, and learn from each other.


Minimum certification level: Swiftwater Technicians who can enter the hot zone, as defined by the SAR Provincial Operating Guidelines below. You will be asked to submit a copy of your certificate when registering. Note that Operations level can only operate in the warm zone, even though they were in the hot zone during their certification course.


Where? Blackwater River Crossing Recreation Site, ~80km southwest of Prince George (practically equidistant from Quesnel, Vanderhoof, and Prince George). We plan to take over the entire recreation site for camping purposes. In the unlikely situation that water levels are hazardous, we may still camp at this site but drive to other river systems in the region for training – Willow, Bowron, Cottonwood, Stellako…

Camping space is very limited, so we can’t accommodate other GSAR members or family members. Discuss with the organisers if this is a concern for you. Advanced swiftwater team leaders from across the region are invited to propose/coordinate scenarios.


What this event is about: honing skills, working together, being challenged by different scenarios, conducting day and night operations, exploring swiftwater leadership opportunities, and having fun!

What this event is not about: no certifications offered.

How will it Work?

Max 40 participants from the 23 Northern teams invited… so register as an early bird.

  • Friday: Roll in anytime, set up camp, and join us for dinner.
  • Saturday: Saturday morning we’ll do a big group briefing. Then we’ll go for a swim, which will be an opportunity to learn about each others’ skills and evaluate every participant as a green, blue, or black diamond swimmer (just a way of helping team leaders figure out who would be appropriate for different roles in the scenarios later). Then the scenarios begin, with more than one scenario running at a time to accommodate different interests or skill levels. Break for dinner and a relax, followed by a night ops scenario!
  • Sunday: More scenarios! At the end of the day (mid afternoon) we’ll do a big gear sort, then wrap up at a reasonable time to allow people to drive home to their communities.

What About Equipment?

PPE: Every participant must bring their own complete set of PPE: drysuit, helmet, gloves, boots, throw bag, and PFD with leash, primary and secondary cutting devices, and whistle.

Team Gear: Bring any non-motorized boats, boogie boards, line across bags, rope guns, and other items you want to practice with! Equipment damaged during this event will not be replaced/reimbursed under this training task: use at own risk. Make sure all your gear is labelled, or it may accidentally go home with a different team!

How do I Register?

Registration opens May 15th: we will send out a link to the online registration system.

• Early bird fees: $45 registrations between May 15 and May 31. Early birds also get entered TWICE for the big door prize, to be announced!

• $55 for registrations June 1 to July 1. Registration closes July 1, or whenever 40 have registered.

Your registration fees include your SHARK logo towel! (Logo still under development).

Earlier Event: July 8
Safe Drive Home
Later Event: July 22
FSJ Air Show