White Water Safety And Rescue
  • Plas y Brenin
  • 2 Days
  • 6 People to 1 instructor

White Water Safety And Rescue

  • Paddle
  • Safety & Rescue
  • Rescue 3 Award


You're a recreational white water paddler who wants to be more skilled in staying safe in the water, and using valuable rescue techniques to help others if needed. This course is run in conjunction with British Canoeing, and during it, we'll coach you in all aspects of white water safety and rescue technique. You'll cover three different topics in a very practical way: safety (staying out of trouble), rescue (getting out of trouble) and boat and equipment recovery (dealing with trouble).

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Can I book privately?

Yes. If you would like to book a private course then give us a call to discuss your needs.

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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


* Please note: Itinerary is subject to weather and availability.

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.

Why Choose Plas y Brenin?

Our instructors are some of the UK’s most experienced. We train other instructors and help to write the national syllabuses for NGB qualifications in mountaineering, paddlesports, cycling and climbing. Our goal is to teach you skills to last a lifetime, and at Plas y Brenin you know you are getting training from the best.

If your course is based at Plas y Brenin, the residential price includes accommodation for the night before, and the duration of your time here. If you’re staying with us, we also provide delicious meals to keep you going as you learn, meaning you can concentrate on enjoying yourself.

When it comes to equipment, at Plas y Brenin we have a wide range of top-quality kit for you to use, all included in your course fee. This means if you’re just starting out, there’s no need to rush out and buy a load of expensive gear, and if you’re already pretty well kitted-out, it’s a great chance to try something new.

We want to help you focus on achieving your goals, so comfortable accommodation (with WIFI included) and good food are part of the deal - you don't need to think about sorting this out for yourself. Support is on hand from our friendly, and exceptionally well qualified, staff to help develop your understanding and personal skills. They also help you to formulate an appropriate action plan for your further development. What's more, you'll have access to our extensive range of paddling equipment and clothing to use whilst honing your chosen skills. You just bring yourself, your 'can do' attitude, and determination to achieve excellence.

What do I need to bring?
Equipment List
How should I prepare?
Preparation guide
Course Schedule

Start your training

2 Days
Start Date
23rd January, 2021
Spaces left
2 Days
Start Date
15th February, 2021
Spaces left
This course will help you become

a safer paddler with the skills to deal with emergency situations when out paddling white water.

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CORONAVIRUS FIREBREAK IN WALESIn line with the Welsh Government announcement earlier this week, Plas y Brenin will be temporarily closed from 6pm on Friday 23rd of October, until Monday 9th November.
Plas y Brenin will be temporarily closed from 6pm on Friday 23rd of October, until Monday 9th November.