This course was billed as “learning to rescue yourself and others in a ‘real’ environment” and the course format was split pretty much 50/50 between the classroom theory and the practical aspects on/in the water.

The classroom work was based around discussions on the theme of preparing and running a kayaking trip regarding items to consider before the trip and potential issues encountered during the trip. There was then an opportunity for some throwline throwing practice at willing casualty targets on dry land before taking to the water and learning best practice for deep water rescues scenarios – emptying and righting upturned kayaks and then, most importantly, how to successfully reenter your craft from the ‘real’ water.

It proved to be a very informative introduction to keeping yourself and others safe on the water with a large measure of fun thrown in too. Many thanks to the Paul Gibson for a most enjoyable morning’s training which I can’t recommend highly enough to anyone looking to build upon their basic paddling skills.