Safety & Rescue

Providing key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a variety of water environments.

The Courses

This course aims to provide the student with the key safety and rescue skills required to operate safely in a sheltered water environment and to be able to deal with common emergencies.These skills will then form the basis of all safety and rescue training throughout the BCU Scheme.

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The course has two purposes:

  1. To provide the paddler with the necessary skills which will enable them to ensure the safety of themselves and others.
  2. To provide the paddler with the appropriate rescue skills which can be used to help themselves and/or others in difficulty.

A 2 day course which is a must for all paddlers who paddle white water.

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The main drive of the course is preventions, however, it will include solutions has well.

This practical based training allows you to apply new techniques and explore their limitations with a watchful eye to keep you safe. Remember train hard fight easy

We will cover:

  • Paddling gear and safety equipment
  • Safe leadership and protocols
  • Safe and aggressive swimming / self rescue
  • Shout, reach and throw bag rescues
  • Use of a harness
  • Attaching to anchors, belays and simple vector pulls
  • Live bait rescue techniques
  • Boat to swimmer techniques
  • Kit retrival
  • Foot entrapment rescue techniques
  • Scenarios

Experience needed: grade 2 paddler.

The Advanced WWS&R training course is designed for all paddlers operating in advanced white water environments. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 5 star leader (white water) award.

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The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately.

Course Aims:

  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the advanced river environment
  • To further develop personal survival skills
  • To develop and practice advanced rescue techniques
  • To develop and practice the need for structure in advanced emergency situations
  • To outline advanced rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others