River Rescue for Canyons
Probably one of the most exciting and steep learning curves you can have on and in a river! A huge focus on your personal development, comfort and understanding of how water in a flooded canyon behaves. Basic rescues (self and others) through to underwater searches and extraction techniques. If you are planning on leading inexperienced people, exploration trips and going down canyons on the South Islands West Coast, this sort of training is a must do!
Activity level: Challenging
Canyon time: 5-8 hours per day
Length: 2 days
Transport: Provide your own.
Accommodation and meals: Provide your own. We base ourselves from Geraldine.
- Technical gear used in swift water rescue
- Rope handling and knots, bends and hitches used in swift water rescue
- Simple rescues with the gear you already have
- White water combat, look after yourself so you can help others
- Sieve, undercut and siphon approach and extraction
- Water fall rescue techniques in flow
Before you come
Participants need to have –
- Attended a ‘Canyon 1 Course’ and completed at least 5 moderate canyons since
- High level of fitness – Hiking in, training hard then swimming out!
- Good swimming ability – We will be be swimming in and around grades 2/ 3 and scarily close to some grade 4/5!!
- First Aid training recommended
You need to bring –
- Climbing or whitewater helmet
- Life jacket – whitewater style with releasable chest harness
- Neoprene socks
- Neoprene hat
- 4-5 mm wetsuit
- Suitable canyoning footwear
- Harness with minimum:
– with 2 cows tails (aka lanyards, daisy chains).
– figure-8 descenders x 2.
– suitable ascenders.
– 8 locking carabiners to go with the above, and
– ideally the harness has a pvc seat
- diving mask
- throw bag
- Personal first aid kit
- Headlamp + spare batteries
- Suitable 40 litre canyon pack
For the River Rescue for Canyons course, we encourage participants to bring their own equipment. However we can provide equipment if needed. Let us know.