WTMC is organising a swift water safety skills course. The purpose of the course is to learn about risks when on foot in fast moving water. This includes more than river crossing – it will cover topics like river hydrology, aggressive/defensive swimming, entrapments, throw bagging, river rescues, managing risk and more. The course will be run by an expert in swiftwater safety.
The course is aimed at canyoners, packfloaters, tubers, packrafters and trampers interested in significant off track or river travel.
It includes one night of theory and one day of practical skills on the water either on the Hutt River or Otaki River depending on river flows and weather.
You must be able to swim to participate in this course and it’s graded as an Easy/Medium tramping fitness.
Required gear: You need to have your own Helmet (this can be hired from club), PFD – personal flotation device (may be possible to hire), Wetsuit.
Theory Session – Tuesday 9th April from 7-9pm, location in Wellington central TBC
River skills session – Saturday 13th April, backup day if bad weather is Sunday 14th April
Fees will include transport and possibly gear hire.
Limited to 12 spots. Priority given to WTMC members. We will look at adding another course or instructor if numbers require.