White Water Safety Course

£ 200

Cumbria

White Water Safety Course
£ 200

Activity Highlights:

Course Dates:

  • 21, 22 March 2024
  • 20, 21 April 2024
  • 20, 21 May 2024
  • 15, 16 June 2024
  • 7, 8 September 2024
  • 15, 16 October 2024

Please contact us to discuss other dates if those on the calendar do not suit you. We are happy to put on a course for a small group.

Note: White Water Safety course (WWS) replaced White Water Safety and Rescue Training (WWSR) on 1st November 2023. Both the WWS and WWSR are recognised as pre-requisites for the relevant qualifications e.g. White Water Leader.

Why Complete White Water Safety Training?

The inherent risks of whitewater kayaking and canoeing are what enhance the thrill, but long term enjoyment centers on managing these risks. Balancing personal skill, awareness, and safety is paramount to enjoying our passion with maximum safety.

Every safety decision carries its pros and cons. Carrying more safety gear enhances incident management, while less gear, resulting in a lighter boat, can increase response speed to prevent issues. The appropriateness of the gear amount varies, necessitating thoughtful consideration of the trade-offs each day.

Given the myriad of choices available, our training aims to equip you with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water.

This is the course every white water paddler should do. Treat yourself to two days of learning rescue skills. This course will make you a better leader or team member. It will also improve your paddling confidence. You are unlikely to spend this much time dealing with rescue scenarios at any other stage in your paddling.

The team is made up of active white water paddlers and coaches who regularly operate in the most advanced conditions. We practice what we preach and teach what we do. Who better to get the most up-to-date rescue knowledge from? All our coaches are qualified in both canoe and kayak so can help you with whatever craft you paddle.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • Advantages and disadvantages of different safety equipment.
  • White water swimming.
  • Bank and boat-based rescue of swimmers and equipment.
  • Safe and appropriate use of throwlines.
  • Safe strategies to help trapped swimmers.
  • Evaluation of stoppers and getting equipment or swimmers out of them.
  • Features of chest harnesses and use of live bait techniques.
  • Using mechanical advantage to retrieve equipment.
  • Wading strategies.
  • Safe group paddling strategies.

We believe that this course is all about white water paddling so we spend both days paddling boats so that we make sure you get real answers that will work on your next river trip.

We will bring a range of white water canoes so that we can make sure you get the chance to play in both crafts.

Equipment 

We have a great range of rescue equipment you can use during the course. So please bring everything you can from the kit listed on the pre-course information but don’t buy anything new until after the course. Let us help you out and then you can decide what works for you after the course finishes.

  • Throwline length 15 to 25m, minimum diameter 8 mm.
  • 3-5m length of climbers tape.
  • Whistle.
  • River knife safely stowed but easily accessible with one hand.
  • Two large HMS screwgate karabiners.
  • Buoyancy aid with a quick-release chest harness.
  • Your normal white water boat and paddle.
  • Full toe protection for your feet (old trainers/canyon boots.  Not wellies or sandals) skull cap (swim hat), neoprene knee pads.
  • Lunch, lots of snacks, a bottle of water and hot flask.

Candidates should be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water.
  • Confident to swim in normal canoe clothing in the moving water environment.
  • There is no age restriction.

Location:

  • We can run this course at a range of venues around Cumbria and further afield. Possible options include:
  • River Eden in Carlisle
  • River Lune at Kirkby Lonsdale
  • River Leven
  • Lower Kent below Kendal
  • We can also run this course at a venue that suits you for your group or club. Please put a note in your booking request and we will see if we can accommodate
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What's Included:

We have a great range of rescue equipment you can use during the course. So please bring everything you can from the kit listed on the pre-course information but don’t buy anything new until after the course. Let us help you out and then you can decide what works for you after the course finishes.

We will bring a range of white water canoes so that we can make sure you get the chance to play in both craft.

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There is no age restriction.

We have a great range of rescue equipment you can use during the course. So please bring everything you can from the kit listed on the pre-course information but don’t buy anything new until after the course. Let us help you out and then you can decide what works for you after the course finishes.

  • Throwline length 15 to 25m, minimum diameter 8 mm.
  • 3-5m length of climbers tape.
  • Whistle.
  • River knife safely stowed but easily accessible with one hand.
  • Two large HMS screwgate karabiners.
  • Buoyancy aid with a quick release chest harness.
  • Your normal white water boat and paddle.
  • Full toe protection for your feet (old trainers / canyon boots.  Not wellies or sandals) skull cap (swim hat), neoprene knee pads.
  • Lunch, lots of snacks, bottle of water and hot flask.
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