White Water Safety and Rescue Paperback – 31 Mar 2006
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Until now River Rescue has been the standard book on the subject. I prefer this one, particularly for the narrower, lower volume British rivers although Franco keeps his options open by including rafts and adding American terminology after British nomenclature. The approach is minimalist with simplicity and speed being the essence rather than going out with a sack of equipment while you try to remember engineering drawings on how to use it. Franco calls for moderation, not taking novices on water above grade 2 and encouraging responsible attitudes. There are four distinct sections, avoiding trouble, recovering paddlers when they have got into trouble, taking care of victims and recovering equipment, in that order of priority. Within those sections are many topic headings which make information easy to find and specific safety messages easy to spot. The book is written in better English than is managed by some of our literary coaches. Illustration is with photographs, mainly black and white, and many good quality sketches. Danny Jones adds a few cartoons and written contributions also come from Loel Collins, Bob Timms, Dave Luke and Ray Goodwin, the latter including a tale which is perhaps the most telling in the book. Ray virtually lives on the water with safety on his mind but had to undertake a serious weir (low head dam) rescue while having the exhaust replaced on his car, diving in on the end of a hose-pipe with fitters holding the other end, a lesson in being adaptable and improvising as necessary. There are just two places in the book where I take issue. One of us is shaky on understanding mechanical advantage in pulley systems. On risk gradings, Franco dismisses Terry Storry's A - F system and produces a system where probability of running foul of a hazard and consequences of doing so are each rated from 1-5 and compared with one's personal rating, a system which is far too complicated even if it is only a mathematical equivalent of our thought processes on weighing up a rapid. This is one of a small handful of books which should be seen as standards and should be read by anyone paddling white water. Reviewed by Stuart Fisher - Editor of Canoeist Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Franco Ferrero divides his work time between managing Pesda Press and freelance coaching. He is qualified as a BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea and Inland) and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. His passions are white water and sea kayaking, rock and ice climbing, and ski-mountaineering. He has paddled throughout the UK and in many parts of the world including Nepal, Scandinavia, the coast of Brittany in France, the European Alps, Peru and Western Canada.
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Review by Graham Wardle
The book contains a wealth of information, from the basics of reading water through to incident management and rescue techniques.
The techniques and "golden nuggets" are presented in a clear unclutted manner. The use of diagrams, colour photos and cartoons all make this book very usable.
I especially liked way the information was presented and complemented. The book is solid, both in terms of content and presentation - which is something that is to be expected of the author and the books contributors.
Franco Ferrero is a well respected high level coach and is very involved with developing current practice in a number of paddlesport activities. He has made a very serious and often difficult subject easy to access and enjoyable to learn.
An excellent book, and a definite purchase for all paddlers who venture onto white water.
Reviewed by Duncan Smith.
Although the book is primarily directed towards river runners, much of the content is also relevant to sea kayaking, in particular the sections about paddling technique, equipment, clothing, hypothermia, panicked swimmers, First Aid and rope dynamics.
The book itself is well laid out, making it easy to find exactly what you're looking for.
This really is THE book for kayakers, canoeists and rafters. Choose it over any other kayaking book- it may well save your or someone else's life.
It is a fundamental book to have for your kayaking career as it is used from novices to coaches!
A must have for any serious kayaker!
Certainly no replacement for a white water safety course but great pre reading or as revision afterward.
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