Posted by: Stefan Anderson | September 16, 2015

T-Rescues in Outdoor Skills Class

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Early this week students went from theory to practice as they built their t-rescue skills with our canoes on the waters of Big Donahue Lake. A t-rescue is a procedure used to recover a swamped canoe and its canoers. During the t-rescue, one canoe forms the top of the T and serves as a base for a second canoe (the stem of the T) that is pushed on top and flipped back over while it is up out of the water.

Without the ground to use for leverage it can be very difficult to heave a swamped canoe onto another canoe, but students showed impressive teamwork and problem-solving skills as they worked together and found new ways to give themselves a mechanical advantage.

I am pleased to report that all canoes and canoers were successfully rescued and I believe a good time was had by all. I hope you enjoy these photos that I snapped of the activity.

Stefan Anderson
Head of School

Conserve School provides a semester-long immersion for high school students in environmental studies and outdoor activities that deepens their love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards. Thanks to the generosity of Conserve School’s friends and its founder James Lowenstine all accepted students receive significant scholarship support.

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