VIDEOS. Sign up for this 2-day Jetski water safety training. BWRAG’s, Danilo Couto, Greg Long, Brian Keaulana and Pat Chong Tim will be giving their Big Wave Water Safety Training to the Mavericks Challenge surfers, any jet ski operators, local surfers or photographers that are interested in staying safe during Mavericks big wave season.
More about the BWRAG Instructors.
The class is the weekend before the Mavericks Challenge Opening Ceremony. So, get ready for the season by being prepared. It costs $450.
Saturday, October 26th 2019 – Sunday, October 27th 2019
A Taste of the Training in 2018
I had the honor to attend the BWRAG training. To hear the stories of heavy water rescues directly from the surfers involved, illuminates the intensity of the risk of surfing big waves. ~ Michelle Dragony
Greg Long asks the Mavericks Surfers at the beginning of the training:
Could you work seamlessly with any of the approximately 150 surfers that regularly surf Mavericks on a Big Wave Water Rescue?
Without jet ski specific training, probably not.
And that is why BWRAG is doing trainings all over the world with the idea that if more big wave surfers know how to be picked up quickly and safely by a jet ski, lives will be saved.
If you know anyone who surfs Mavericks, or is thinking of it, or someone who is a jet ski operator, or a photographer, they will love this training and the stories the big wave surfers and rescuers tell.
BWRAG Training includes stories like:
- Review Aaron Gold’s Fiji hold-down and subsequent 6-minute CPR rescue. One surfer called it “the most beautiful thing he has ever seen”.
- Greg Long’s 2012 Cordes Bank rescue.
- Jeff Clark’s rescue at Mavericks by Danilo Couto.
- Gerald Butler’s Chasing Mavericks rescue.
Here is a taste of the training Powerlines Productions recorded the training in 2018, when it was set at the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. Big Wave Rescue Assessment Group’s mission is outlined by Oahu Lifeguard Brian Keaulani and Big Wave surfer (and Mavericks contest winner) Greg Long.
BWRAG answers life-saving questions like:
On which side do jet ski operators pick up surfers?
Know the double-wrist rescue grip?
What do you do with your board as you get picked up?
How do you manage the jet ski key and lanyard?
Do you know the difference between Honda and Yamaha jet skis?
What is the definition of fear?
Know the rescue hand signals and voice commands?
BWRAG Big Wave Safety Tips
Brian Keaulana: Work the High Surf Risk Management process, constantly.
BK: Leash release technique DEMO while tomb-stoning at 1:42 minutes
GL: The most dangerous part of Mavericks is the crowd.
GL: Research the local emergency communication system, first responder and local hospital capabilities and limitations, before you go out.
GL: Take your leash off before getting on the jet ski
Cool K38 video with Jets skis at Mavericks.