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This course is aimed at paddlers who are confident and competent at paddling on grade 2 water and swimming in moving water.
In order to receive certification you need to be aged 16 years or older.
The White Water Safety and Rescue Training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 4 Star Leader (white water or open canoe) Award.
The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. By its nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.
A variety of skills will be introduced and developed over the weekend, including:
These sessions will be reviewed and reinforced in the evening sessions, giving you the opportunity to learn from the staff and other course participants alike.
This is an essential course for all open boat and kayak paddlers who intending to progress to safe, independent self-led river trips. The sessions covered over the course of this practical weekend will help you to make informed decisions afloat, anticipate problems and solve them when they arise.
By the end of the weekend you will be better equipped and have the confident to enjoy your river adventures.
The White Water Safety and Rescue course is a pre-requisite for those wishing to attend the 4 Star Leader Training Inland or Canoe
The following list is of equipment we recommend you bring. All essential equipment is available from our extensive stores. We advise you not to rush out and buy kit for the course, but use it as a chance to find out what would best suit your needs, but if you do have any of your own equipment do bring it along our staff will be required to vet for suitability equipment such as buoyancy aids and helmets. You should bring the following personal equipment with you: Footwear – wet suit boots, thermal tops, warm outdoor wear (fleece is ideal), hat, gloves, small first aid kit, vacuum flask, personal medication, notebook and pen.
Our equipment stores are by far the best around with a stock of over 100 boats from across the range of models there are plenty to choose from! If your thinking of buying a boat come along and ‘try before you buy’ and also get unbiased expert advise from our staff on the most suitable equipment for you.
Again participants are encouraged to bring any of their own personal equipment so they get the opportunity to be coached using the equipment they are most familiar with.
The course fee includes accommodation, kit, equipment, coaching, guiding, maps, in-course transport and is a fully catered course.