Description

This two-day course will cover a range of skills required for portaging in areas exposed to high angles and on precarious ground and rescuing and extracting people and equipment where height is involved. This includes ascending and descending with and without kayaks. It will also cover a range of general rope-work, anchors and knots which will be a great refresher for alumni of our Swiftwater Rescue Course.Abseiling takes place on angled ground using rope, harnesses, anchoring devices and boats, and does not require being on the water. This course is not designed to replace formal abseil instruction but is an adaptation for the river environment.
Target audience Recreational paddlers.
Duration 2 days
Content
  • Securing portages
  • Portaging at angles and on precarious ground
  • High and low angle rescues and extractions of people and equipment
  • Setting up abseils with minimum equipment
  • Improvised and releasable anchors
  • Abseiling into moving water
  • Abseiling with boats
  • Techniques for ascending and descending
  • Improvised rescue
  • Use of harnesses and quick release belts
  • Pulleys and knots
Requirements Participants should be reasonably fit, with no conditions that may impede them in the proposed activities (or advise us of any conditions and we will make a recommendation).

No training or experience is required.

Persons under the age of 18 must contact us prior to the course so that your parents or guardian can sign the indemnity form and sent back to us before the course.

Participants should ideally bring their own gear but can also borrow / loan / share what they don’t have. This includes:

  • Helmets, buoyancy aid and  spraydecks
  • Climbing / alpine harness
  • Slings (webbing) and carabiners
  • Climbing or Static rope
  • Belay / abseil device
  • Prussic

Should you want to purchase any of this or related equipment, we can provide advice and order it on your behalf, at a discounted rate for course participants.

Camping at the Canoe Club is included in the price and participants will need to bring their own:

  • Tents, sleeping bag and thermarest, camp chairs
  • Food, beverages and snacks for the duration
    (braai facilities available for evening meal)
  • Cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils.
  • Personal Kit – appropriate clothing, towel, toiletries etc.
  • Sun block
Course fee R890 inclusive of VAT
Venue Parys, Vaal River, Free State.

The course theory will take place at 34 Boom Street, Parys. Practical elements will take place  just out side Prays.

The selected campsite provides electricity, braai facilities and ablutions.

See map and directions on the homepage.