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  Honestly, in the moment...
  Posted by: BrianM on Apr-14-13 5:46 PM (EST)

I never even saw the canoe (where there were 2 PFDs), and knew that *I* didn't have anything that would float (including my paddle, it's a sinker and has a leash because I've had to go swimming for it before).

This is the point to my post ~ I want to know how to better approach this situation in the future. Not having any training in water rescue Prior to this, and watching this fellow spend longer and longer periods each time he went under (not to mention appearing further and further downstream each time he did pop up), it was 100% instinct. I'm realizing that water rescue, like motorcycling, is the practice of ignoring instinct and acting on knowledge.

As for CPR, my BIL is Search and Rescue with the Georgia Civil Patrol (next step below National Guard) though he's more oriented to cave rescue, and my wife is a Pharmacist who's required to be Advanced CPR certified. I've been through several CPR courses over the years, but I'm not current. We also had 2 first-aid kits with us along with a couple cell phones. On trips where road access is limited, we carry a SPOT as well... but all of that doesn't help without a body on shore.

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