01690 720214

White Water Rescue Technician (Rescue 3)

Course Overview

A three day course designed for Outdoor Professionals with existing river experience. Designed to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river situations. It is both classroom and river based and will include:
Hydrology and water dynamics, Introduction to technical rescue equipment, Hazard identification & risk assessment, Introduction to rope systems, swimming in moving water, medical considerations, foot and body entrapments, scene management, contact and in water rescues, two and four point boat and rope system, crossing techniques, boat pins and entrapments.

Experience Required

competent grade II paddler and confident swimming in moving water.

Scheduled Dates

Detailed Course Notes

You should be 18 years old to attend this course.

Is it for me?


This course is designed for people with existing river experience including boaters, river guides and others who work or play around flowing water, who may be required to perform whitewater/river rescues. This is an intensive hands on course where you will learn to use techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues.



This course is recognised as an alternative to the BCU White Water Safety and Rescue and the BCU Advanced White Water Safety and Rescue.



You must be a confident swimmer in moving water as this is a practical course which will require you to be in/on the water.



Course Content



The course is delivered through a mixture of classroom and practical which include:



  • Hydrology and water dynamics

  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment

  • Hazard identification & risk assessment

  • Introduction to rope systems

  • Swimming in moving water

  • Medical considerations

  • Foot and body entrapments

  • Scene management

  • Contact and in-water rescues

  • Two and Four point boat and rope system

  • Crossing techniques

  • Boat pins and entrapments

What's Included In The Price?

Whether you choose to stay with us or you have alternative accommodation nearby, the following items are included in the total cost.

    Free tea, coffee or selected hot drinks for the duration of your visit
    Afternoon tea & homemade cakes
    Instruction/coaching
    Kayak or canoe hire
    Secure boat storage (if you choose to bring your own boat)
    Equipment hire
    Drysuit hire
    Free (low-speed) wifi access in the bar & dining room
    In course transport
    Railway station pick up & drop off (please call to arrange)
    Parking with CCTV surveillance
    Free use of climbing wall, gym, MTB skills course & rolling pool


    If you choose to stay with us, these items are also included in the total cost:

    Accommodation the night before your course
    Accommodation during your course
    Breakfast & evening meal
    Bar Lunch/packed lunch

Accommodation For This Course

Plas y Brenin Main House

Your course is based at Plas y Brenin, The National Mountain Sports Centre in Capel Curig, North Wales, LL24 0ET.



If you are staying with us,

If you have chosen to add accommodation onto this course or holiday it is usually in the main house in a comfy en-suite room (normally shared with another guest). Each room has tea and coffee making facilities and all bed linen and towels are provided.

This includes accommodation the night before your first day. Your room will be available from 6pm. On your last day you will need to vacate your room by 10am. It is sometimes possible to arrange to stay an extra night please phone 01690 720214 for availability and cost.

Secure storage facilities, showers and toilets are available for you to use on your departure day once you have checked out of your room should you need them, please ask at reception.

Also included, if you chosen to add accommodation, are all your meals - breakfast, packed lunch, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes and a three course evening meal. Please bear in mind an evening meal is not provided on the night before your course or on the last day of your course but our bar will be serving meals from 7.00pm until 8.45pm.




If you are are not staying with us but coming in each day,

If you choose to come in daily for your course or holiday you will need to arrive ready for a 9am welcome talk on the first day. For the rest of your course or holiday you will need to be here for 9.15am. We return from a full day of activity, usually in time for tea and cakes at 5pm (included).

There are more activities from 5.30 - 6.30 on some days of your course or holiday, please check on the first day.

For most of our awards and qualification courses there will be further evening sessions on some days which you need to attend, please check on the first day.

There is an 8pm adventure talk by one of our coaches on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday evenings which you are welcome to come to. Find out more about the upcoming talks here.

On the final day you will be finished by 5pm.

For courses based on-site our bar will be serving lunches from 12pm until 2pm or you are welcome to bring a packed lunch.

If your course is based away from the centre then you will need to bring a packed lunch with you. Each evening our bar serves evening meals from 7pm until 8.45pm if you wish to eat here.

You can arrange to have any of the following meals - breakfast, packed lunch and a three course centre dinner, by contacting our customer services team on 01690 720214 or
info@pyb.co.uk.

follow this link for more details



What Equipment Do You Need To Bring?

  • Personal paddling equipment

  • Footwear to cope with bank and boat

  • Swimming costume/trunks

  • Warm clothes for off the water

  • Warm hat, gloves, neck gaiter/buff, sun hat

  • Towel

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Bouyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Drinks bottle

  • Flask

  • Lunch bag/box

  • Personal first aid kit

  • High factor sunscreen

  • Midge repellant

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Notebook and pen

  • BCU logbook/paperwork

  • Dry bag

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • Safety and rescue kit (you would normally carry)

  • Cheque book for any BCU fees due

The following items are available for you to borrow from our equipment stores free of charge so you don't need to rush out and buy them.


  • Wetsuit

  • Paddling cag

  • Buoyancy aid

  • Helmet

  • Dry bag

  • Large kit bag (for wet paddling kit)

  • Boat

  • Paddle

  • Spraydeck (if kayaking)

  • All safety and rescue kit

For safety and rescue courses only a dry suit will be provided if required



Customer Reviews For This Course

An excellent course

Jaime Godfrey

Job clearly knew his stuff and was able to pass this on to us in a smart and personable way. Very much enjoyed it and have the confidence to implement what I have learned.


Rob Melloy

The Centre has an over reliance on non recyclable plastic plastic cups wrapped in a plastic bag in the bathrooms!Plastic bags for packed lunches!
The course was very good. Tom the instructor was the best instructor I have come across in 10 years of swift water and rescue related courses.
The food as always was fantastic and all of the staff very friendly and helpful.
Get over the addiction to plastic bags and it's full marks.


Brilliant course

Pete

I really enjoyed the course, however my mattress/bed was far too soft and needs replacing. The food was good but it was a bit bland and good be slightly more interesting. Lunches were adequate - packed lunch. Breakfast was fine but could be warmer.
Our instructor was very good and knew what he was doing. I've done lots of these courses and had lots of different instructors and I would say this guy was the best.




Not found what you were looking for?

You can hire one of our coaches instructors or guides from only £250 per day. They'll tailor the day to suit your aims and aspirations perfectly.
You can enjoy one to one coaching for that cost or if you get together as a group, depending on the activity, you can split that cost between up to 6 of you. If you are a group we can run any of our courses on a date that suits you and your friends. Or you could just write your own agenda for a week or weekend and we'll price it up for you - with or without accommodation. What's more, just like out normal course fees, our private instructor hire charge covers all your equipment too. Click on the link below to fill in a request form and one of our coaches will call you back (or e-mail if you'd prefer) to discuss things in detail with you.

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