Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat expert Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on at the beginning of every month. Here, in Episode Eight, Coffey covers the basics of rope systems, including how to set up a 3-to-1 mechanical advantage system.

Next up: A closer look inside foot entrapment situations. Click to see more:
Episode One: Getting Started

Episode Two: Group Dynamics

Episode Three: Safe Swimming
Episode Four: Throw-rope skills
Episode Five: Access and Mobility

Episode Six: Rescue PFD basics
Episode Seven: Live-bait rescue