Throw Bags

Throw Bags

River throw bags are used mainly for rescuing swimmers that have become separated from their rafts or kayaks. Sometimes, a throwbag can also be utilized for recovering another rope on a wrapped raft. "Wrapping" is when the full force of the river plasters a boat onto a mid-river rock or other obstacle. If there is a strong rope on the raft, and one person is still with the wrapped boat, it may be hard for them to get their loose wad of rope to shore. If you throw them the throwbag (holding one end of the rope of course), they can tie off that throwbag rope to their stronger cord, and the person on shore pulls the throwbag line back, bringing the good rope to shore with it. We know that there is not always someone with the wrapped boat, but we mention this technique because the type of soft floating rope throwbags are often stuffed with is usually insufficient to unwrap a raft. Often, it may break. Normally bowline rope people keep in their rafts is higher in strength.

Regular bowlines on rafts should always be contained, but if a rope from a wrapped raft is loose and playing out downriver, there is a new way to recover it. See the Wildwater Snag Plate in this section.

AIRE 70 foot Throwbag with Carabiner Pocket

This very nice, full featured throw bag comes with 70' of floating rope...

$50.00
Liberty Mountain Rafter's 70' Throwbag, Cordura Bottom

Dirty Devil is an American manufacturer in Utah that produces heavy duty...

$45.00
Dirty Devil Kayaker's 50' Throwbag, Cordura bottom

Dirty Devil produces heavy duty Kayaker's and Rafter's throwbags with the...

$38.00
Downstream Rafter's Throwbag

Along with the smaller Dirty Devil bags, our other throwbag is the...

$69.00
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River throw bags are used mainly for rescuing swimmers that have become separated from their rafts or kayaks. Sometimes, a throwbag can also be utilized for recovering another rope on a wrapped raft. "Wrapping" is when the full force of the river plasters a boat onto a mid-river rock or other obstacle. If there is a strong rope on the raft, and one person is still with the wrapped boat, it may be hard for them to get their loose wad of rope to shore. If you throw them the throwbag (holding one end of the rope of course), they can tie off that throwbag rope to their stronger cord, and the person on shore pulls the throwbag line back, bringing the good rope to shore with it. We know that there is not always someone with the wrapped boat, but we mention this technique because the type of soft floating rope throwbags are often stuffed with is usually insufficient to unwrap a raft. Often, it may break. Normally bowline rope people keep in their rafts is higher in strength.

Regular bowlines on rafts should always be contained, but if a rope from a wrapped raft is loose and playing out downriver, there is a new way to recover it. See the Wildwater Snag Plate in this section.


River Safety and Rescue

How to Stuff a Rescue Throw Bag