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Paddle UK 2-Day White Water Safety Course

£ 220

Newton Abbot

Paddle UK 2-Day White Water Safety Course
Minimum age: 16
Newton Abbot
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Custom
£ 220

Activity Highlights:

Gain confidence and practical skills for safe white water paddling with our comprehensive 2-day course. Designed for paddlers operating on grade 2(3) rivers, you’ll learn emergency planning, rescue techniques, and more, ensuring you can handle common issues and respond appropriately to incidents.

Key Details

  • Ages: 16+
  • Duration: 2 days (12 hours minimum contact time)
  • Location: Multiple locations
  • Instructor: Dan
  • Group Size: 6 places available

Key Skills

  • Enhance awareness of river safety skills
  • Develop personal decision-making abilities
  • Master various rescue techniques
  • Understand emergency structure and protocols
  • Learn the ‘clean rope’ principle

Course Breakdown

This course is structured into nine modules over two days. Each module focuses on different aspects of white water safety and rescue techniques.

Day one starts with understanding the motivations and decisions behind paddling, followed by a practical river trip covering pre-checks, collaborative support, and equipment considerations. Emergency planning and procedures are also covered, teaching you how to call for assistance and handle equipment.

Day two delves deeper into rescue scenarios. You’ll practice chase boating and equipment rescues, learn to swim and rescue swimmers in different conditions, and explore methods for retrieving people and equipment. The day concludes with scenario-based training and reflections on learning.

Location

We cover various locations in the UK for our courses.

Most of our kayaking courses take place on the River Dart in Dartmoor – meeting point TQ13 7NT.

We also run courses at:

  • Lee Valley White Water Centre (EN9 1AB)
  • The National White Water Centre (LL23 7NU)
  • Holme Pierrepont White Water (LL23 7NU)

We also travel to individuals and clubs to run training and assessments, covering most of England, up to Nottingham and Wales.

You can check the location on the booking form below. If you are unsure, feel free to contact the adventuro team who can help you book onto the right date for you, or organise a location for your session.

Prerequisites

Participants should be confident paddling on grade 2 water and swimming in normal paddling clothing suitable for a moving water environment. While a First Aid certificate is not required, it is strongly recommended.

Why Choose Us

With over 32 years of combined experience, our instructors bring a wealth of knowledge and international competition experience. We focus on developing your skills to ensure you can safely enjoy paddling independently. As a 1% for the planet business, we contribute to environmental conservation with every booking.

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction from highly experienced professionals
  • Course fees covering all learning materials
  • Two days of immersive content in a safe, supportive setting

What's Not Included:

  • Personal paddling clothing
  • Lunch, drink, and snacks for the day
  • Personal safety kit (items available to try)
  • Transport to and from the meeting point

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Frequently Asked Questions

You will need your craft and paddle suitable for a class 2/3 environment, personal paddling clothing, and any current safety kit you use.

Essential items include a towline, throwline, webbing or sling, large carabiners, a whistle, and a knife. If you do not have all the recommended items, we can provide them for you to try out during the course.

No worries if you don’t have all the gear. We offer items you can try out during the course to find what works best for you.

The course requires a minimum water level to run. If conditions are not met, we will either postpone the course or relocate to an area with suitable water levels.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time. Bring your personal paddling gear, including clothing for a day on the water, and any safety kit you have.

Don’t forget lunch, drinks, and snacks to keep you energised throughout the day.

Accommodation is not included in the price.

We can recommend local accommodation if needed. Please contact the adventuro team using the chat below to enquire. They’ll be happy to help!

This course has replaced the White Water Safety and Rescue course (WWSR) as of 1st November 2023.

Both the White Water Safety (WWS) and the former WWSR are recognised as prerequisites for relevant qualifications, such as White Water Leader and Raft Guide Grade 2.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund.
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking.
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount.
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

Custom Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible.

Cancellations made more than 14 days before the course start date will receive a full refund, minus any non-refundable deposit, if applicable.

Cancellations made within 7-14 days of the course start date will be eligible for a 50% refund.

Cancellations made less than 7 days before the course start date will not be eligible for refunds.

  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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