River Rescue

     

    NZOIA and Whitewater NZ have defined syllabi for River Rescue Courses designed for whitewater kayaks and open canoes. These training courses are for recreational and professional paddlers to better enable them to safely paddle with their peers, when leading a group, or when providing an instructional or guided experience. Whitewater NZ manages Water Safety New Zealand subsides for these courses for Whitewater NZ members.

    River Rescue 1

    A current NZOIA Kayak 2 holder must direct these courses.  The Kayak 2 holder must also have a current NZOIA Canoe 1 to direct the Canoe version.   NZOIA and Whitewater NZ recommends that a ratio limit of 1:6 be applied with a NZOIA Kayak 2 instructor and if numbers exceed this then an experienced NZOIA Kayak 1 instructor be used to assist on the course with up to 10 participants.

    River Rescue 1 is a pre-requisite for participation in the NZOIA Kayak 1 and NZOIA Canoe 1 assessments.

    River Rescue 1 - Training Scope and Syllabus (Includes Canoe and Kayak Syllabuses)

    River Rescue 2

    A current NZOIA Kayak 2 holder must direct this course. NZOIA and Whitewater NZ recommend that a ratio limit of 1:6 be applied. River Rescue 1 is a pre-requisite to attending River Rescue 2.

    River Rescue 2 is a pre-requisite for participation in the NZOIA Kayak 2 assessment.

    River Rescue 2 - Training Scope and Syllabus

    Access to the River Rescue Courses:

    The following organisations deliver River Rescue Courses:

    NZ Kayak School in Murchison

    Peel Forest Outdoor Centre

    Hillary Outdoors Tongariro

    You can find courses offered from these organisations and NZOIA on our Training Course Calendar.

    Alternatively, you can contact an NZOIA Assessor who has Kayak 2 (and Canoe 1 if needed) and request if they can run a River Rescue Free Range Training Course for you.


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