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 Here, in Episode Ten, Coffey delves further into the topic of foot entrapment by going through the first, basic, and vital assessments any rescuer should think about and practice, including: Direct contact? Upstream and downstream safety? Open airways? Working environment?

Next up: Foot entrapment rescue techniques. 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
Episode Eight: Rope system basics
Episode Nine: Foot Entrapment Risks