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Course Whitewater Rescue Level 2 - Kayak
Course Dates 11/11/2023 - 12/11/2023
Closing Date 27/10/2023
Course Information

Whitewater Rescue Level 2 Course

November 11-12, 2023 Upper Mersey

Paddle Tasmania will conduct a Whitewater River Rescue Course at the Upper Mersey on the weekend of November 11-12, 2023. The course will commence at 9.00 am at Berlin Wall campsite.

This course is suitable for people with some experience in paddling whitewater - Grade 2 and above.

Assessment for the Paddle Australia Whitewater Rescue 2 Award is possible during the weekend for an additional cost of $25, you will be invoiced separately by Paddle Australia for this once you successfully complete the course

This course will cover the following topics:

  • Principles of rescue

  • Throwbagging: dry land

  • Passive whitewater swimming

  • On-water Throwbagging

  • Aggressive whitewater swimming

  • Shallow river crossing (Wading)

  • Entrapment

  • Risk management

  • Knots

  • Mechanical advantage

  • River first aid

  • Evacuations

  • Towing for gear retrieval

  • Simulated Rescues

Participants should bring:

- Kayak/canoe and all paddling gear – including several changes of paddling clothing, 
 wet/dry suit is recommended – it will be cold!
- Throwbag
- Rescue gear that you normally take on paddling trips (don’t worry if you don’t have any)
- First Aid kit - waterproofed
- Food for the weekend
- Paper and pen

Camping will be at Berlin Wall for this course.

To complete this course participants will need to complete:

Minimum log book requirement

In the previous three years:

Ten Grade 2 Whitewater activities of a minimum of two hours duration in varying river heights and locations.

Assessment Tasks:

QuizRelevant knowledge quiz(es) completed by participant and results viewed.


Registrations close 27 October 2023.

Cancellation Fees apply:   cancellation 21 days or more prior to course full refund
20-14 days prior to course 10% of course fee retained
13-2 days prior to course 15% of course fee retained
less than 48 hours no refund.
National Training provider Paddle Tasmania
Phone 0475142910
Course Location Mersey River,TAS
Course Cost $ 440.00 non-member $330 members
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Please ensure you have been in contact with Paddle Tasmania prior to registering for this Course to ensure you have the appropriate skills and information to take part.
There will be a $20.00 fee to register your qualification with Paddle Australia for 3 years. You will only be invoiced for your PA registration once all requirements for the qualification have been completed and submitted to Paddle Australia.