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Paddle UK Introduction to White Water Safety Day

£ 100

Newton Abbot

Paddle UK Introduction to White Water Safety Day
Minimum age: 16
Newton Abbot
Max. group size: 6
Cancellation: Custom
£ 100

Activity Highlights:

When on the water, accidents can happen, and it’s best to be prepared and have the skills to help if required. This course is designed for all paddlers, coaches, and volunteers working around the water. It can be completed as a bank-based or boat-based course. By the end of the course, you will have the skills to ensure your safety and the safety of others, as well as rescue skills to help yourself or others in difficulty.

Key Details

  • Level: Beginner to Advanced
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Locations: Multiple locations available
  • Instructor: Dan
  • Group Size: Maximum of 6 participants

Key Skills

  • Identifying and managing risks in white water environments
  • Understanding the motivations and decisions of paddlers
  • Effective use of clothing and equipment for safety
  • Recognising and navigating water features and hazards
  • Practical swimming and rescue techniques
  • Supporting and rescuing swimmers
  • Retrieving equipment in various scenarios

What to Expect

The course is structured into a comprehensive day-long programme, offering a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. In the morning, you’ll focus on understanding the motivations of paddlers, collaborative support, and how to select rivers to match these motivations. You’ll also learn about different crafts, safety considerations, and the appropriate clothing and equipment needed for white water activities. The session will also cover various water features, recognising potential hazards, and how to navigate them safely.

In the afternoon, you’ll engage in practical activities starting with defensive and aggressive swimming techniques. You’ll learn how to support a swimmer in distress, including wading, reaching, and receiving a throwline. The session will also cover strategies for staying safe in the water and techniques for retrieving paddles and assisting others in recovering their equipment. The day will conclude with a review of the lessons, reflections on your own learning and areas for development, and a skills checklist to ensure comprehensive understanding.

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 must be at least 16 years old, have a basic swimming ability, and be in good physical condition. No previous experience is required, making this course suitable for beginners through to advanced paddlers.

Why Choose Us

We offer a supportive and enjoyable learning environment, with small group sizes ensuring personalised attention from our highly experienced instructor, Dan. Our commitment to safety and high-quality instruction means you’ll leave the course with the confidence and skills needed to navigate white water safely.

As a 1% for the Planet business, we give back to the environment with every booking, reinforcing our dedication to sustainable practices.

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What's Included:

  • Professional instruction from experienced instructor Dan
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Course materials and resources
  • Certification upon completion

What's Not Included:

  • Meals and drinks
  • Transport to and from the meeting point

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Frequently Asked Questions

No previous experience is required for this course, making it suitable for all levels from beginners to advanced participants.

Our instructor, Dan, will tailor the instruction to fit the experience level of each participant, ensuring everyone gains valuable skills and knowledge.

Participants should bring a swimsuit, towel, change of clothes, and any recommended safety equipment they have, such as a towline, throwline, webbing, karabiner, whistle, and knife.

If you do not have these items, we can provide equipment for you to use during the course, so there’s no need to purchase anything specifically for this training.

Lunch is not included in the course fee. We recommend bringing your own packed lunch and snacks to keep you energised throughout the day.

The course will proceed in most weather conditions, as learning to manage and operate safely in various environments is part of the training. However, if conditions are deemed unsafe, such as during extreme weather, we will reschedule the course.

Participants will be notified in advance if there are any changes to the schedule due to weather conditions.

Booking a place on the course is straightforward. You can book online through our booking form below, where you will find all the necessary details and an easy-to-follow registration process.

Given the limited spots (maximum of 6 participants), we recommend booking early to secure your place.

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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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