Big thanks to Dave Clark for a putting a nice edit together of the weekend of first canyoning symposium in the Lake District in the UK.
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The weekend was based out of Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Longsleddale Outdoor Pursuits Centre is a voluntary outdoors centre based just North of Kendal in the Lake District. It was formed 40 years ago to provide free or cheap access to the outdoors for the underprivileged youth of Bolton / Manchester.
Posted in Canyoning.
When I am asked have I under taken any, water rescue courses, my answer is always, “Yes I’m a Rescue 3 WRT”.
Most of the time here in the UK I get a puzzled look and they reply, “Oh… WWSR?”.
WWSR or White Water Safety and Rescue is a BCU, course is no where on par with the WRT course.
My personal opinion is that the Rescue 3 WRT is the better of the two. But its your choice. Have a look at the course break downs below.
Rescue 3 WRT
- 3 Days, 20 hours
- The Whitewater Rescue Technician course is designed for the outdoor professional with existing river experience to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river
- Hydrology and water dynamics
- Introduction to technical rescue equipment
- Hazard identification & risk assessment
- Introduction to rope systems
- Swimming in moving water
- Medical considerations
- Foot and body entrapments
- Scene management
- Contact and in-water rescues
- Two and Four point boat and rope system
- Crossing techniques
- Boat pins and entrapment
- Internationally Recognized
- 2 Days (10 hours total)
- The WWS&R 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.
- To improve individuals awareness of safety skills in the river environment.
To teach personal survival skills.
To teach throwline 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 & develop the ‘clean rope’ principle.
- Not internationally recognized
Posted in Training.