White Water Safety and Rescue course

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White Water Safety and Rescue course

Time: August 25, 2012 at 9:30am to August 26, 2012 at 4pm
Location: River Tryweryn, Bala, North Wales
Phone: 0772 0275 779
Event Type: training, course
Organized By: Edward Moss
Latest Activity: Aug 24, 2012

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Event Description

Date corrected - it is over the Bank Holiday weekend:

Safety and rescue course for people happy on grade 2 water although very little time on the course is spent in a boat. It involves use of ropes, protecting rapids, team work, how to swim a rapid, strategies for rescueing kit and live bait.

A fair bit of time is spent in the water so proper kit is essential, dry top and trousers ideally. I did it in a very thick wet suit and dry cag and survived happily. 

If some of this means nothing to you, you''ll probably get a lot out of it. It's being run by Neil Dixon, probably at Tryweryn. If there's no release, it may need to be postponed.

Spaces for 6 or 12. We need to fill either 6 or 12 places to keep the price at £60 each.

The start time is at the location.

£60 per person for a 2 day course - this is very cheap. Deposits of £30 to Edd when you've confirmed you'll go. Full amount to be paid the month before.

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Comment by Matthew Booth on August 24, 2012 at 11:12

I just spoke to the Tyddyn Bychan bunk house. The lady confirmed that we're currently booked in for 2 nights, and that there's availability for everyone for a third night if required. We're going to be the only people there tonight and we're in the main bunk house, which is on the right hand side apparently. There will be a sign on it saying RLSCC. The small bunk house will be locked. Arriving late won't be a problem. She's going to make up a certain number of beds for us, but we should feel free to use whichever beds we want.

She also wants to point out that the bunk house is at the end of a farm track and isn't signposted from the main road. There's currently a gate across the track as there are sheep in the field at the moment, so please remember to close it after passing through. There's parking next to the bunk house. There are directions on the bunk house website.

Comment by Edward Moss on August 19, 2012 at 8:41

I've put a more comprehensive info sheet on the Facebook site. Come back to me with any queries.

Comment by Dave Shepherd on August 17, 2012 at 13:34

I'm looking to leave the club on Friday around 6, I'm happy to drive and can take three passengers, or get a lift if someone else prefers to drive.

Comment by Simon Crighton on August 16, 2012 at 23:12

Thanks Dawn

Comment by Dawn Mussell on August 16, 2012 at 18:30
Ed/Simon, fine with me. That's seats filled. I still have space for another boat if required. Dawn
Comment by Simon Crighton on August 16, 2012 at 9:54

Hi Ed & Dawn, I have requested Friday pm off work, but it doesn't look like I will get it, so will probably not be able to leave until 5.30 - 6ish. Also not sure I can have access to the big car, so please could I book a place with you too Dawn.

Thanks. Simon

Comment by Edward Moss on August 15, 2012 at 18:52

Cheers Dawn - can I book a place for Corinne please. As I say, it's just her and not kit........

Comment by Dawn Mussell on August 15, 2012 at 7:50

Hi Ed.

As mentioned I am happy to drive. Have booked the day working from home so can leave anytime after 5pm.

I now have uprights for my car so can probably take 3 people, 3 boats and 3 lots of kit.


Comment by Edward Moss on August 15, 2012 at 0:32

Message from Neil - course provider:

Disclosure of medical information

Please advise the course coach as soon as possible, and certainly before you get on (or into) the water, of any medical issues or injuries that may affect your ability to safely complete the activities.

Personal equipment

Please do not buy any equipment especially for this course. The weekend will give you an opportunity to evaluate different makes and models of personal and safety equipment, so you may find that purchasing equipment before the course may leave you wishing you had waited until you knew more about what to buy, and why! Try to borrow equipment if you need to.

Drysuits are strongly recommended for all participants. If you do not own one, then perhaps you can borrow one for the course. Dry trousers and a dry-cag can be worn as an alternative, but you will find that you can spend less time in the water comfortably. Wetsuit shorts are not appropriate.

You should bring along your normal white water canoe or kayak, fitted with flotation (bow and stern).

Your helmet and buoyancy aid should be appropriate for white water. If you have a BA with a chest harness, or can borrow one that fits you, please bring that along.

Everyone needs a throwline, but a variety of lengths and rope thicknesses between a group is a good thing, to prompt a discussion about pros and cons.

If you can bring along any of the following items, then please do: river knife, tape or sling, karabiners, especially screwgate HMS style karabiners.

If you have any other queries, please get in touch before the course.

Neil Dixon


Comment by Dave Shepherd on August 11, 2012 at 11:45

I haven't really thought about it yet, but with the new job I don't know yet what time I'm likely to be able get away on the Friday.  I'm happy to drive and happy to take people.  I'll should have a better idea by the end of the week.

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