Swiftwater Rescue Clinic for Recreational Paddlers
(This document applies to the Vaal River only)

This course seeks to educate recreational river users, kayakers, crocers, adventure racers, rafters, and tubers, in the necessary rescue strategies for everyday river use. Swiftwater Rescue deals with the identification, prevention and rescue of incidents in various whitewater hazards, starting with the ability to look after oneself and then the rescue of others. All paddlers, especially those taking less experienced paddling partners and teammates with them, need to have up-to-date, regular training in Swiftwater Rescue and First Aid.

One of the worst feelings must be “If I had done the Swiftwater Rescue Course maybe John would not be quite so dead”. Adventure Racers who have attended a few Swiftwater Rescue Clinics are more likely to rescue someone and prevent injuries or death.

There are different types of Swiftwater Rescue Courses for different interests. Some specialize in courses for guides and for the rescue professional, whilst others are developed specifically for the recreational river user, kayaker, croc rafter and for Adventure Racers.

Date and Times 8:00 AM on Saturday and Sunday

Recommended Reading for this course:

Franco Ferrero’s White Water Safety & Rescue


1. Food and cooking utensils (fires provided)
2. Camping next to the river provided for the Saturday evening –Bring tent and sleeping bag.
3. Personal Whitewater kit: Whitewater specific life jacket (PFD), whitewater specific helmet, and any paddling gear.

You can hire Equipment from Whitewater Training.
NB: – Equipment, which is not up to standard, will not be allowed!
If you need advice on what kind of equipment to purchase or if you want to rent any kind of gear please let me know ahead of time so that I can bring it along

Course Venue:

The Vaal River below Parys is a perfect representation of the river conditions encountered in Adventure Races. At normal levels rapids are grade 1 to 3, ideal grades for instruction. The training camp will be next to the river. Water, hot showers, power at the campsite and toilets are provided at no extra cost.


· R1900 – If you have your own equipment rescue, minimum of throw bag (18m<), tape, prussic and screw gate.
· R170 – If you wish to hire rescue equipment.
· R50 –Per equipment item for the weekend
· Please note that equipment which is not up to standard will not be allowed.
Please inform us prior to course of your equipment needs, thank you!

Maximum of 16 persons

H Du Preez



IMPORTANT: Please send proof of payment to wwt@whitewatertraining.co.za

Use your name as payment reference


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