White Water Safety

This 2-day course is aimed at those paddling as peers and covers a range of topics that include emergency planning & procedures, chase boating, equipment rescues and scenarios and much more. This course is designed to support paddlers to be independent participants on grade 2(3) white water rivers. Paddlers can access the course with their preferred craft which can include kayaks, rafts, canoes and stand-up paddleboards.

Please note, this course replaced the White Water Safety and Rescue course (WWSR) on the 1st November 2023, however both the WWS and WWSR are recognised as pre requisites for the relevant qualifications e.g White Water Leader, Raft Guide Grade 2 etc

The White-Water Safety course is a 2-day programme that consists of 9 modules:

MODULE 1 – MOTIVATIONS AND DECISIONS
  • Understanding motivations to participate
  • Selection of river to match motivations
  •  Practical matters
MODULE 2 – RIVER TRIP
  •  Pre checks
  •  Collaborative support and vision
  •  Settling in
  • River running strategies
  •  Equipment considerations
MODULE 3 – EMERGENCY PLANNING & PROCEDURES
  • What additional equipment do we take
  •  Locating your position
  • Calling for assistance
  •  Walking out
MODULE 4 – REVIEW AND REFLECTIONS
  •  Reflections on your own learning and areas for development
MODULE 5 – CHASE BOATING AND EQUIPMENT RESCUES
  • Chase Boating
  • Paddle Rescues
  • Boat Rescues
  • Reuniting
MODULE 6 – SWIMMING AND RESCUES
  •  Swimming
  •  Rescue a swimmer from a craft
  •  Rescue a swimmer using a throwline
  •  Rescue a swimmer from a stopper
MODULE 7 – RETRIEVING PEOPLE AND EQUIPMENT
  • Wading
  •  Swimming
  •  Quick release buoyancy harness
  •  Support from the bank
  • Extracting methods
MODULE 8 – SCENARIOS
  •  Setting the scene
  • Scenarios
MODULE 9 – REVIEW AND REFLECTIONS
  •  Reflections on own learning and areas for development

It aims to teach simple and practical safety skills that can be applied appropriately to a moderate whitewater environment. Using a range of simulated scenarios this training course teaches safe paddling strategies and a variety of different rescue skills

Prerequisites

Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required to participate in this training course, candidates should be:

  • Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water
  • Confident swimming in normal paddling clothing suitable for a moving water environment
  • There is no age restriction to the WWS course. Where providers choose to allow participants under the age of 18 to attend the course, appropriate safeguarding measures must be implemented and due attention paid to the enhanced legal responsibilities and potential risks. The safety and welfare of those under the age of 18 is paramount.

A First Aid certificate is not a prerequisite. However, holding a First Aid certificate is strongly recommended for all paddlers.

Recommended Equipment to bring

The following is a list of recommended equipment:

  • Towline OR tow system
  • Throwline
  • Webbing Sling
  • large carabiner x3
  • Whistle
  • Knife