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BC White Water safety and rescue (WWS)

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Do you paddle on moving water? Do you want the skills to stay out of trouble? Want to know what to do if either you or others get into trouble on the river? Then the White Water Safety course (WWS) is for you!

Your course will support you to consider safe practices, provide practical solutions to common issues and appropriate responses to incidents, providing peace of mind when venturing out onto the rivers.

This 2 day course is aimed at those paddling as peers and covers a range of topics that include emergency planning & procedures, chase boating, equipment rescues and scenarios and much more.This course is designed to support paddlers to be independent participants on grade 2(3) white water rivers. Paddlers can access the course with their preferred craft which can include kayaks, rafts, canoes and stand up paddleboards.

The White-Water Safety course is a 2-day programme that consists of 9 modules. This can be delivered in a weekend or modular, over a maximum of an eight-week period to suit you.


Please note, this course replaced the White Water Safety and Rescue course (WWSR) on the 1st November 2023, however both the WWS and WWSR are recognised as pre requisites for the relevant qualifications e.g White Water Leader, Raft Guide Grade 2 etc




  • Moving water experience
  • Ability to swim


  • Motivations and Decisions
  • River Trip
  • Emergency planning & procedures
  • Review and reflections
  • Chase boating and equipment rescues
  • Swimming and rescues
  • Retrieving people and equipment
  • Extracting methods
  • Review and reflections


There will be opportunities to develop and progress your own paddling skills and meet like-minded people during the course. Many of our course candidates develop long lasting friendships, connections and contacts.

You can read the course guide here: Sample Programme

You can look at the skills checklist here: WWS Skills Checklist

You can also find a range of free resources here: Safety Resources

There is no need to register for this training course, by using the ‘find a course’ function you can book  course.

However, to get the best from your course you need to feel comfortable swimming in and being around grade 2 water and be able to independently paddle your craft. Holding the White Water Award the Canoe Award, Slalom explore Award etc would put you in a position to fully engage and enjoy your course.

No course dates currently available.
Please contact us if you would like to arrange or create a new course date.

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