High Water 2018 Floodwater Rescue Conference Open to First Responders Across the U.S.

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High Water 2018, a three-day floodwater rescue conference for firefighters, EMS, and other first responders will be April 6-8, 2018, at Oklahoma City’s RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater center in downtown Oklahoma City. 

During this three-day event, first responders will learn both new and proven water rescue skills, refresh basic skills, and have the opportunity to hear nationally recognized presenters. Classroom sessions will cover topics such as high-water vehicle use, search dog use in floodwater, GPS and floodwater searching, hydrology review and more. A variety of water-based courses will take place on RIVERSPORT Rapids whitewater channels.

RIVERSPORT Rapids is a $45 million man-made whitewater course featuring Class II-IV rapids. It is one of only two courses in the country, and it is the only one in an urban setting. Six pumps circulate 8 million gallons of water for recreational rafting and kayaking as well as swiftwater rescue training.

“Holding a course on an urban whitewater course like RIVERSPORT Rapids gives instructors and participants a level of control you can’t find anywhere else,” explained Mid America Rescue Company Owner and Swiftwater Rescue Instructor Brian Weatherford. “Offering training like this has the potential to save lives in communities across the country.”

“It’s vital that first responders are trained to safely respond to floodwater emergencies,” Weatherford said. “Our goal is to provide for the safety of the first responder as well as the victim. We hope communities around the country will send their first responders so they can learn how to keep themselves and their communities safer.”

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In addition to classroom and hands-on training, attendees will have the opportunity to see new rescue equipment from leading industry vendors and view onsite demonstrations.

This conference is available to all rescuers regardless of prior training or current skill set, and discounts are available for groups of two or more.

Register before February 1, 2018 to take advantage of early bird pricing. Interested participants can register online at http://www.riversportokc.org/events/high-water/.

Early Registration (by Feb 1):  
$200 per person 
$300 for 2 
$125 per person for groups of 10+ 

Registration (After Feb 1):  
$250 per person 
$400 for 2 
$175 per person for groups of 10+ 

You can find more information on High Water 2018 at http://www.riversportokc.org/events/high-water/. Interested vendors should send an email to info@riversportokc.org.

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