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Fundamentally this course is designed for all white-water paddlers. The objective is to teach simple and safe skills that can be applied appropriately.

Course Aims

  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment
  • To teach personal survival skills
  • To teach basic throw line rescue techniques
  • To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation
  • To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others
  • To introduce and develop the ‘clean rope’ principle

The philosophy is to teach practical skills in a practical manner. By its nature the course is very ‘hands-on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be limited to short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.

Pre-requisites:

Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required the candidate should be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water
  • Be confident swimming in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • Be a minimum of 16 years of age
  • A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite; however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

Cost: £150 (non-residential), £185 (self-catering), £225 (full board)


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