White Water Safety and Rescue Training (WWSR)

The WWSR training course is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment in either kayak or canoe. In addition, the training is required for those seeking their 4 star leader (white water or open canoe) award. The objective is to provide the underpinning knowledge and teach simple and safe practical skills that can be applied appropriately. By its nature the course is very ‘hands on’ and should not usually contain much classroom work. Any theory should be short riverside sessions, the duration of which will be naturally limited.


  • To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment
  • To teach personal survival skills
  • To teach throw line rescue techniques
  • To understand the need for structure in an emergency situation
  • To outline basic rescue protocols that prioritise the safety of the individual above all others
  • To introduce To introduce & develop the ‘clean rope’

Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required the candidate should be: Confident in their ability to paddle on grade 2 water, be confident swimming in normal canoe clothing suitable for a moving water environment, be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Due to the popularity of this course, it is run about once a year or as demand dictates, usually run over the summer months as a club weekend trip. Outside coaches are used for this course.

WWSR - Syllabus


Planned WWSR Courses

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