River Rescue Course - For Paddlers, Rafters & Canyoners Cancelled-insufficient numbers

Trip type: 
Whitewater Kayaking
Start date: 
Friday, 7 September 2018 - 4:00pm to Sunday, 9 September 2018 - 8:30pm

If you have ever paddled a river in a kayak or raft, or done white water canyoning you will understand the need to develop your knowledge and skills regarding river safety. As part of the ANUMC ongoing skills training for paddlers, pack rafters and canyoners, we are offering a two day course for beginners and for more experienced people who wish to further develop their river safety knowledge and skill set. This course is designed to build confidence and capability of people who play in rivers. 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 people who have not had any structured safety training in a river environment. If you play in a river, this course is for you.

Canyoners who wish to advance to white water river canyons will find this course valuable. 

The course will be conducted by Jeffe Aronson from Omeo, Victoria. He regularly conducts Swiftwater Rescue courses in Australia and the USA.

Participants in this course last year rated this course highly.

The location of this course will be on the Snowy River near the junction of the Pinch River. 


This is a  2-day Swiftwater First Responder course. 

You will gain the following certifications: SISOWWR201A Demonstrate Self Rescue Skills in White Water

                                                                 SISOBWG404A Apply River Crossing Skills

These are Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations national certifications. 

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 for this weekend. 

COSTS: The course cost will be $250 per person.


1. Register your details on this trip calendar. 

2. Pay the provider the course fee of $250 in the week prior to the course. I will provide registrees with the providers banking details once registered.

3. Claim your subsidy from our club treasurer, Steven Hare at stevenmhare@gmail.com  

The ANUMC will subsidise the cost of this course in the following way:

Student: The subsidy will amount to a maximum of 60% of the cost: ie between $100-$120

Non Student: The subsidy will amount to a maximum of 40% of the cost: ie between $150-$180

As the quantum of the subsidy is capped for this activity, the exact amount of the subsidy and consequently the amount payable by each participant will depend on the numbers and category of participants ie. student/non student.


Terry Murphy

White Water Kayaking Officer


Pretrip Meeting Details
Pretrip date: 
Thursday, 30 August 2018 - 5:30pm
Pretrip location: 
ANUMC Boat Shed. You must attend this meeting.
Course- $100-$120 for students; $150-$180 for non students plus shared petrol costs, plus food.
Intended plan: 
This course will be conducted on the Snowy River near the Pinch River, south of Jindabyne in NSW. We will travel to Jindabyne on Friday evening for dinner. We will camp at the Pinch River campground on Friday and Saturday nights and depart at 1630 on Sunday afternoon for Canberra. We can pick up dinner at either Jyndabyne or Cooma. The Pre trip meeting is compulsory to brief everyone, particularly new paddlers.
Departure and intended return times: 
Depart boat shed at 1630 Friday evening, returning to boat shed around 2030 Sunday
Local knowledge: 
These sections of the Snowy River are well known to the instructor and other experienced club paddlers
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