River Rescue Course certification with Barrington Outdoor Adventures

River Rescue Course: 11-13 Nov 2017

River Rescue Certification by Sierra Rescue

Grab the chance to join this internationally-recognised white water river rescue course… the first time it’s been offered to the public in Australia! Hosted by Barrington Outdoor Adventures.

Location: Nymboida River, New South Wales
Dates: Saturday 11 November to Monday 13 November 2017
Time: 8.30am for a 9.00am start at The Cod Hole camping area in the Nymboi-Binderay National Park.
Cost: $699 includes tuition from qualified Sierra Rescue instructor, camping fees & all river equipment.

River Rescue Course overview:

This 3 day white water rescue course is suitable for paddlers who use kayaks, canoes or rafts for recreation or for guiding & instructing.

This Sierra Rescue course is recognised around the world by bodies including Australian CanoeingNZ Maritime, International Rafting Federation & the British Canoe Union.

You’ll learn about:
• Shallow water crossings
• Entrapment rescues: wading, swimming, throw bag techniques, foot & body entrapment, kayak entrapment
• Swimming: defensive, aggressive, barrel rolls, accessing eddies
• Throw bags: when, where, coils, belay, back-up, vector pull
• Contact rescues: defensive, counter panic passengers
• Live-bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques
• Knots, hitches, anchors
• Mechanical advantage
• Wrapped boats: rafts and kayaks: The real scoop on freeing them.
• Mechanical advantage
• Zip lines
• Flip drills in the current or in a rapid plus boat & passenger recovery drills.


You should already be involved in the process of learning to kayak, raft, river board or canoe. This may be as a recreational paddler or a river guide. In addition you should have the following:

• An understanding of basic river hydrology & be familiar with identifying basic features such as an eddy, eddy line, standing wave, hole, etc.

• The ability to navigate a craft in a minimum of Grade 2 water & therefore understand navigational techniques such as ferrying & catching eddies.

• Some familiarity with basic rescue equipment such as throw bags & carabiners.

What to bring:

• Your own transport to/from Nymboi-Binderay National Park (or ask about shared transport from/to the Gloucester office of Barrington Outdoor Adventures)
• Your own camping gear
• Personal protective equipment (rescue/guide PFDs, helmet, wetsuits
• All food for the duration of the course plus river snacks
• A minimum of 3 carabiners, 2 prusiks & 1 large sling/tape

If you need gear to but or hire, ask about the products available from our gear shop Random Adventure Gear.

Bookings essential, call now 02 6558 2093 or email adventure@boac.com.au