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 Five, Coffey covers effective access and mobility principles to safely contact rescue victims.

Next up: Rescue PFD fundamentals and correct use. [Click HERE to see Episode One: Getting Started, and HERE to see Episode Two: Group Dynamics, HERE for Episode Three: Safe Swimming, and HERE for Episode Four: Throw-rope skills.]