River Rescue Course - Swiftwater First Responder - 3 Slots Left

Trip type: 
Whitewater Kayaking
Start date: 
Saturday, 16 September 2017 - 8:00am to Sunday, 17 September 2017 - 5:30pm

If you have ever paddled a river in a kayak or raft, you will understand the need to develop your knowledge and skills regarding river safety. As part of the ANUMC ongoing skills training for paddlers, we are offering a two day course for beginners and for many experienced paddlers who wish to maintain their paddling knowledge and skill set. This course is designed to build confidence and capability of paddlers. Your participation in this course will make your next and subsequent trips down the river a much more enjoyable and safer experience. This course provides ESSENTIAL TRAINING for beginner paddlers who have not had any structured training in a river environment. You are likely to be denied participation in future paddling trips by trip leaders if you pass up this great opportunity to develop a wide range of essential paddling skills.

The course will be conducted by Shaun Clement from Omeo, Victoria. He regularly conducts Swiftwater Rescue courses in Australia. The location of this course will be at Uriarra Crossing on Saturday  and Pine Island on Sunday.

This is a  2-day Swiftwater First Responder course. 

The course will include topics such as:

International Rescue Philosophy 

Swiftwater Hydrology & Dynamics
Hazard Identification & Safety Orientation

Low to High Risk Rescue Options
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Defensive swimming
Offensive swimming
Throwbag Rescues (Introduction)
Contact Rescues
Towed Rescues
Shallow Water Crossings
Strainer Negotiation

For the course to go ahead, we will need a minimum of 8-10 participants. So please sign up early to assist in planning this weekend. 

COSTS: The costs of the course will be $250 per person. The ANUMC will subsidise the cost of this course in the following way:

Student Participant: The subsidy will amount to a maximum of 60% of the cost

Non Student: The subsidy will amount to a maximum of 50% of the cost

The final amount payable by individuals will vary slightly depending on numbers and category of participants.


Terry Murphy


Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Friday, 15 September 2017 - 5:30pm
Pretrip location: 
Boat Shed
Approx $100 for students; $125 for non students plus shared petrol costs (small cost only)
Intended plan: 
I will advise more detail in the coming weeks after consultation with Jeffe Aronson who is currently in the USA till early September. The Pre trip meeting is to brief everyone, particularly new paddlers.
Departure and intended return times: 
Depart boat shed 0800 Saturday morning, returning to boat shed around 1730 Saturday. Same plan for Sunday.
Local knowledge: 
These sections of the Murrumbidgee River are well known to myself and other experienced club paddlers
3 slots left.