Standard British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue

This two-day course for solo or tandem paddlers aims to make you a skilled white water paddler, focusing on safety and rescue. You'll learn about hazard avoidance and practice essential rescue techniques, leaving with a thorough understanding of water safety. It's a vital course for those looking to be not only proficient in paddling but also in keeping themselves and others safe on the water.

Plas y Brenin

2 Days

Instructor Ratio6:1


Plas y Brenin


2 Days

Instructor Ratio


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Are you a solo paddler or a tandem team looking to master the art of white water paddling? This course is designed for recreational white water paddlers who aim to enhance their skills in water safety and rescue. Run in conjunction with British Canoeing, this course will guide you through all the essential elements of white water safety and rescue.

Day 1: We’ll kick off with a day on a local river, where you’ll develop safe swimming techniques and delve into essential rescue protocols such as Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, GO. This is where you’ll gain an understanding of the critical aspect of safety: avoidance. You’ll learn about hydrology, river hazards, and river running techniques.

Day 2: Focusing on safe group paddling and covering the remaining elements of the syllabus, you’ll gain hands-on experience with techniques such as simple and effective rescue and recovery, use of throwline, sling and two karabiner, as well as the use of chest harness and simple rope systems.

The Objectives 

You’ll understand the two key facets to water safety and rescue, and be able to apply them:

  1. Avoidance is better than cure, so you’ll develop an understanding of; hydrology, river hazards, river running techniques
  2. The techniques, so you’ll have hands-on experience of applying them; simple and effective rescue and recovery techniques, use of throwline, sling and two karabiner, use of chest harness and simple rope systems

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What To Expect

You’ll spend day one on a local river developing safe swimming techniques, and working through the rescue protocols; Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, GO. On day two, we’ll cover safe group paddling and the outstanding elements of the syllabus.

Experience Required 

You should be a competent grade II paddler and be confident swimming in moving water.

How Should I Prepare? 

You should be a competent grade II paddler and be confident swimming in moving water.

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