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White Water Safety and Rescue Course


Accredited (The British Canoeing Awarding Body) White Water Safety and Rescue (WWS&R) training course is delivered by Tom Sibbald from Canoe Coaching and is designed for all paddlers operating in a moderate to advanced white water environment.

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 training will take place on a variety of rivers up to grade 2-3 to enhance training and create real scenarios. The emphasis will be on safe river running and include detailed river rescue, personal coaching, group control and communication.

Course aims

  • 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 & develop the ‘clean rope’ principle. 



Requires min 3 participants for course to run. Max of 6 Participants.

We’re doing all we can to keep you safe

We’re doing all we can to keep you safe

What’s included

  • Two days instruction from experienced paddlesports coach Tom Sibbald 
  • A  British Canoeing White Water Safety and Rescue Training certificate  
  • For further information please download the course infromation pack and kit list PDF

Is it for me?

  • Due to the paddling environment and the boat control required you should be:
    • Confident boating on grade 2 water
    • Confident swimming in normal paddlesport clothing suitable for a moving water environment
    • Be a minimum of 18 years of age 

    (A first aid certificate is not a pre-requisite, however the holding of a first aid certificate is strongly recommended)

Equipment, Techniques and concepts taught throughout the British Canoeing white water safety and rescue course call for the minimum of technical equipment. In addition to your boat and personal clothing you will need to bring the following items. 

  • A range of throw lines.
  • River Knife – sharp, safely stowed but easily accessible single-handed.
  • Karabiners – Locking HMS pear shaped anodised alloy karabiners.
  • An un-knotted 3 – 5m length of climbers tape webbing.
  • Buoyancy aid with quick release chest harness
  • Whistle 

For more information about British Canoeing body and this course follow this link: https://www.britishcanoeingawarding.org.uk/white-water-safety-rescue/ 


  • Meet in Aberfeldy, at the war memorial by the river, at 08:30
  • Discuss plan for the two days
  • Arrange vehicle shuttles as required
  • We will have lunch on the river bank at a suitable point during the day
  • Finish on the water no later than 17:00, review the day and plan for day 2
  • Depart no later than 18:00
  • Meet at the arranged location, discussed on day 1, at 08:30. This will be somewhere between Kenmore and Grandtully 
  • Review previous days learning and plan for the day 
  • Arrange vehicle shuttles as required
  • Day 2 builds on the previous day with additional focusses
  • We will have lunch on the river bank at a suitable point during the day
  • Finish on the water around 17:00, review course and depart no later than 18:00