Know Your Knots

These knot videos are for Swiftwater Rescue Students, Instructor Candidates and anyone who needs to refresh their skills. Tying knots is a perishable skill, make sure to practice often. Knots are also tools, the more you know, the more options you have. Be safe and have fun out there and we hope to see you on the water soon!



Family of Figure 8 knots


Figure 8 Follow Through

A simple, strong, and easy to tie knot. Can be used to secure a rope to fixed objects.

Figure 8 On A Bight

A quick, simple and strong way to tie a loop in the end of a rope.
This knot is commonly used in rescue situations.

Directional or In-Line Figure 8

Used to tie a directional loop in the midsection of a length of rope. Note the direction of pull in the video.

Flemish or Figure 8 Bend

A knot great for tying two ends of rope or cord together.
Easy to tie, strong and can be untied after it has been under load.

Other Knots


Butterfly Knot

Used to tie a loop in the mid section of a rope.
Simple strong and can be pulled in multiple directions.

Clove Hitch

A knot used to tie around something or create a fixed point in the midsection of a rope.
The Clove Hitch can also be adjusted easily.

Bowline With Secured Tail

A knot that is easy to tie and easy to untie after being weighted or under load. A downside to leaving the tail unsecured in a dynamic environment is that it can easily be pulled back through. When using the Bowline in the field, secure the tail to prevent the tail from being pulled through and the knot coming undone.

Ring Bend a.k.a the Water Knot

Used to secure two ends of webbing together to make a loop or a longer length of webbing.

Flat Overhand Bend

Used to tie, two ends together to make a loop.
Make sure tales are 4X longer than the body of the knot.

Sheet Bend

Used to tie two rope ends together. Works specifically well for two different size ropes.

A friction hitch used in mechanical advantage systems and can be pulled in multiple directions.

Prussic Hitch