SUP Rescue

Board isn’t big enough for two?

In this lesson from the NZ SUP RESCUE course, we look at some techniques for moving a casualty when carrying them onto your board isn’t practically possible. The video will take about 7 minutes to view. (Apologies for the slightly distorted appearance in a couple of frames!)

In the next lesson we’ll unpack the techniques for getting a casualty onto a board that is big enough for two…


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Unassisted rescues

In this lesson we look at attempting a rescue when you don’t have a paddleboard to hand. This is potentially very risky if you haven’t had the proper training, but the essential tips and advice in this lesson will greatly increase your chances of a successful outcome. The lesson will take about 9 minutes to view.

Now that we’ve done the background stuff, in the next lesson we’ll make a start on the board rescue technique.


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Course completion

In this final lesson we consider what you can practice in order to ensure that your rescue techniques are ready to go, and how you can complete and qualify for your NZ SUP RESCUE certificate.

Congratulations, you’ve completed the NZ SUP RESCUE course. It’s a lot of information, but hopefully you’ve found it useful and interesting. You’ll continue to have access to the course for two years after your starting date, and you’re welcome to return and review any of the lessons any time.  If you would like to discuss or query any of the material covered in the course please contact us.

If you would like to become accredited as having completed the SUP RESCUE course, then you have a couple more things to complete.

  1. Upload your current First Aid qualification, as detailed in the previous lesson.
  2. Send us a video of you carrying out a (simulated) rescue, as detailed below
  3. Complete the online test below. The test includes a mix of multi-choice and written answers. We will grade your response after you have submitted it.

Your Simulated Rescue

Send us a video of you carrying out a rescue using your board. The person you are rescuing must be at least 100m offshore, and you must start and finish from the beach. You will need:

Someone willing to be the casualty, positioned in water at least 100m from land. (For safety purposes it’s fine if they want to wear a wetsuit, or you have another craft/paddleboard standing close by in case of any problem. (This could be the craft that the filming is done from).

Someone filming the rescue (see above)

The specifics of the rescue, such as whether the person simulates being unconscious, conscious and panicking, or conscious and calm, are entirely up to you. However, the rescue must include:

  • appropriate approach and assessment procedures
  • the board roll technique to get the casualty onto the board
  • proper procedures for getting the casualty onto the beach

Don’t worry about trying to achieve a high level of film editing – one take using a mobile phone is fine, as long as everything can be clearly seen and heard.

To accompany the video we also ask you to write a short report detailing the decisions and processes you used in the rescue. (ie “as I approached I could see the casualty’s head was under water so I did not bother trying to make contact, and paddled straight to the casualty at maximum speed…” – note, this is just one possible scenario, don’t feel you have to do it this way). If something doesn’t go right in the rescue then please don’t edit it out of the video – we will be just as happy to see a messy rescue where things don’t all go right first time, but ultimately you’re successful, as a highly polished textbook rescue. It rarely does go right, in reality!

This report does not have to be crafted as perfect prose. You are not being judged on grammar or spelling.

Submitting your videos

Once you’ve made your videos please submit them to us by any of the following methods:

  • Email (if the file is of a sensible size to send this way) to supinstructorsnz@gmail.com
  • Dropbox
  • Wetransfer or any similar file sharing system
  • Post it on youtube (or similar)
  • Share it from Google Drive (not iCloud)

Whichever method you use, send us an email to supinstructorsnz@gmail.com with the details as to what you have posted and the link, and your username on this website.

This video must be completed in order to gain your qualification. (You will also find it extremely valuable in ensuring that you have understood and mastered the various techniques outlined in this course.

Once again, congratulations on completing the course. And remember, if you do find yourself using any of these techniques for a real rescue, then please tell us about it!

FINAL SUMMARY

  1. Complete the course
  2. Complete the test
  3. Send us the video and report
  4. Upload your first aid certificate.

Once we have all these pieces in place we will make the course as completed and you can download your certificate.


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Putting it all together – the full rescue

Now that we have broken down and worked through all the component parts that make up a successful rescue, in this lesson we revisit the full rescue that we saw in the very first lesson, and look at how the parts all work together.

This lesson will take about 7 minutes to view.

In the next and final segment of this course we’ll summarise, look at what can be practiced, and how you can qualify for your SUP RESCUE certification.


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Post rescue

In this lesson we look at the final stages of the rescue process, with regard to both the casualty and the rescuer.

This lesson will take about 7 minutes to complete.

In the next lesson we’ll put all the various stages together, and look again at a full rescue.


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Getting onto the beach

In this lesson we look at how to get the casualty from your board onto the beach. This is actually a super critical part of the rescue, requiring some very specific techniques. It can go horribly wrong if you don’t know what you need to do. The video will take about 16 minutes to view.

In the next lesson we’ll look at what happens next. You’ve completed a successful rescue and that’s hugely awesome, but it’s not quite all over yet…


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Returning to shore

In this lesson of the NZ SUP RESCUE course we look at how to get back to shore with the casualty on your board.

This lesson will take about 8 minutes to view.

In the next lesson we’ll look at what to do when you reach the shore. Getting the casualty off of the board and onto the beach requires some very specific techniques, and can go horribly wrong if you don’t know what you need to do…


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The board roll

In this lesson of the NZ SUP RESCUE course we look at how to get the casualty onto your board. These techniques are astonishingly powerful – a person can use them to get someone two or even three times their bodyweight out of the water. The lesson will take about 15 minutes to view.

In the next lesson look at getting the casualty back to shore.


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The approach

In this lesson we look at the processes and calculations that the rescuer needs to make as they approach the drowning victim in the water. This is a vital phase of the rescue as the judgement calls you make here will effect how the rest of the rescue plays out.

This lesson will take about 13 minutes to view.

In the next lesson we’ll look at how you get the casualty onto your board.


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First aid on the water

In this lesson we look at the practicalities of trying to do any sort of meaningful first aid while out there on the water. The lesson will take about 9 minutes to view.

In the next lesson we’ll take a quick look at the realities of attempting a rescue without your paddleboard. If you’re in a hurry to get into the practical aspects of the paddleboard rescue, then you can jump ahead to the Approach lesson.


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