River Safety and Rescue Training

The River Safety and Rescue Awards (RSR) deal with the core skills of safety and rescue in the river environment. To view a syllabus, click on the links below.

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River Safety & Rescue Awards

                        Introduction

The RSR 1 is a half day course designed for people who wish to undertake relevant training in Safety and Rescue Techniques appropriate for Grade I water. The RSR 1 aims to develop a culture of safety, awareness and proactive accident prevention in canoe sports in Ireland.

1.00     Objectives of the RSR 1

The RSR 1 aims to enable candidates to:

1.01     Understand the appropriate equipment for Grade I water
1.02     Develop an understanding of Safe Practices on Grade I water
1.03     Execute self rescue on Grade I water
1.04     Rescue of others in Grade I water
1.05     Rescue of equipment in Grade I water
2.00     Course Outline

This is designed to be a flexible course depending on trainee’s needs and previous experience levels-notwithstanding this core elements of the syllabus must include:

2.01     Personal Equipment for Grade I
2.02     Fundamental Hydrology
2.03     Safe practices and accident prevention methods – CLAP

Communication

Line of Sight

Avoidance

Positioning

2.04     Risk Assessment & Decision Making on Grade I water
2.05     Safety Zones & Leadership
2.06     Safe Travelling Methods

Follow the Leader

Herd and Drive

Leap Frog

2.07     Safe order of Priority - STIG
2.08     Self Rescue - Offensive swimming in Grade I with equipment
2.09     Systematic approach to a rescue: Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, Helo

Talk – Command words

Reach – Reaching techniques

Throw – Throw rope rescues

Row – x- rescue, unconscious rescue, tows, bow & stern carries

Go – Water based unconscious casualty rescue

Helo – Making emergency calls to rescue services

3.00     Applying to attend a course

Course applicants must be of a Level 2 skills standard.

4.00     Recommended Equipment List for Participants
4.01     Wetsuit or Drysuit
4.02     Thermals
4.03     ISO Approved buoyancy and helmet
4.04     Adequate hard sole footwear
4.05     Throw Bag
4.06     Knife
4.07     Whistle

                        Guidelines

The RSR 1 course should be delivered and run on water of Grade I difficulty.

It is recommended that RSR 1 certification be renewed at least once every 5 years.

                        Course Providers

Jan 2011 to Jan 2013

 

All Level 3 Kayak and Canoe Instructors will be allowed to deliver the new RSR 1 Course.

Level 2 Kayak or Canoe Instructors who sit in on two RSR 1 courses or attend an RSR 1 workshop will become members of the RSR 1 Training Panel and be allowed to deliver the RSR 1 Course.

From Jan 2013

All Level 2 Kayak or Canoe Instructors will be allowed to deliver RSR 1 Training Courses as the new Level 2 Instructor Training will cover the requirements.

 


                        Introduction

The RSR 2 is a 1 day course designed for canoeists who wish to undertake relevant training in Safety and Rescue Techniques appropriate for Grade II water. The RSR 2 aims to develop a culture of safety, awareness and proactive accident prevention in white water sports in Ireland.

1.00     Objectives of the RSR2

The RSR 2 aims to enable candidates to:

1.01     Understand the appropriate equipment for Grade II water
1.02     Develop an understanding of Safe Practices on Grade II water
1.03     Execute self rescue on Grade II water
1.04     Rescue of others in Grade II water
1.05     Rescue of equipment in Grade II water
2.00     Course Outline

This is designed to be a flexible course depending on trainee’s needs and previous experience levels-notwithstanding this the core elements of the syllabus must include:

2.01     Personal Equipment for Grade II
2.02     Basic Hydrology/Dynamics of Grade II rivers
2.03     Safe practices and accident prevention methods – CLAP

Communication

Line of Sight

Avoidance

Positioning

2.04     Risk Assessment & Decision Making on Grade II Rivers
2.05     Safety Zones & Leadership
2.06     Safe River Running Methods

Follow the Leader

Herd and Drive

Eddy Hopping

Leap Frog

2.07     Safe order of Priority
2.08     Self Rescue - Defensive/Offensive swimming in Grade II
2.09     Systematic approach to a rescue: Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, Helo

Talk – Command words

Reach – Reaching techniques

Throw – Throw rope rescues & stabilisation lines

Row – Chase boating, Barging, Towing, Carries, Rescues

Go – Shallow water crossing, Live bait rescues

Helo – Making emergency calls to rescue services

2.10     Progression of Extraction

Knots

Clipping in

Effective Pulling

Anchors

Vector Pull

2.11     Access & Egress
3.00     Requirements to attend a Course

Course applicants must be of a Level 3 skills standard.

This training course is a pre-requirement of the Level 4 Kayak Skills Assessment (from Jan 2012 Onwards). 

4.00     Recommended Equipment List for Participants
4.01     Wetsuit or Drysuit
4.02     Thermals
4.03     ISO Approved buoyancy with integrated harness
4.04     ISO Approved helmet
4.05     Adequate hard sole footwear
4.06     Throw Bag
4.07     Knife
4.08     Whistle
4.09     Mobile Phone
4.10     One screw gate & one snap gate karabiner
4.11     One 4 - 5 metre open sling

Additional Equipment that will be demonstrated during the course (equipment provided by instructors)

4.12     First Aid Kit
4.13     Kichu
4.14     Spare Clothes
4.15     Repair Kit
4.16     Split Paddle
4.17     Other Gear

                        Guidelines

The RSR 2 course should be delivered and run on water of Grade II difficulty as part of a river trip.

It is recommended that RSR 2 certification be renewed at least once every 5 years.

Old RSR 1 Cert holders will be recognised as equivalent to the new RSR 2.

                        Course Providers

Jan 2011 to Jan 2013

 

Existing RSR 1 Panel Members will become members of the new RSR 2 Training Panel and be allowed to deliver the new RSR 2 course.

All Level 4 Kayak and Canoe instructors will be allowed to deliver the new RSR 2 Course.

Level 3 Kayak or Canoe Instructors who sit in on two RSR 2 courses or attend an RSR 2 workshop will become members of the new RSR 2 Training Panel and be allowed to deliver the new RSR 2 Course.

From Jan 2013

All Level 3 Kayak Instructors will be allowed to deliver the new RSR 2 Training Courses as the new Level 3 Instructor Training will cover the requirements.


                        Introduction

The RSR 3 is a two day course designed for intermediate and advance level canoeists who wish to undertake relevant training in River Safety and Rescue techniques appropriate to water of Grade III and above difficulty.

1.00     Objectives of the RSR 3

The RSR 3 aims are to enable candidates to:

1.01     Understand the appropriate equipment for Grade III water
1.02     Develop an understanding of Safe Practices on Grade III water
1.03     Execute self rescue on Grade III water
1.04     Rescue of others in Grade III water
1.05     Rescue of equipment in Grade III water
2.00     Course Outline

This is designed to be a flexible course to allow for students needs and previous experience- notwithstanding this the core element of the syllabus must include:

2.01     Personal Equipment for Grade III
2.02     Advanced Hydrology/Dynamics of Grade III and above rivers
2.03     Safe practices and accident prevention methods – CLAP

Communication

Line of Sight

Avoidance

Positioning

2.04     Risk Assessment and Decision making on Grade III Rivers
2.05     Safety Zones & Leadership
2.06     Safe River Running Methods

Follow the Leader

Herd and Drive

Eddy Hopping

Leap Frog

2.07     Safe order of Priority
2.08     Self Rescue - Defensive/Offensive swimming in Grade III
2.09     Systematic approach to a rescue: Talk, Reach, Throw, Row, Go, Helo

Talk – Command words

Reach – Reaching techniques

Throw – Throw rope rescue technique, Stabilisation Lines, Cinch Lines

Row – Chase boating, Barging, Towing, Carries, Rescues

Go – V-Lower

Helo – Making calls to emergency services, Evacuations

2.10     Progression of extraction - pins

Knots

Z Drag – Mechanical Advantage

Pig Rig – Mechanical Advantage

2.11     Access & Egress
3.00     Applying to attend a course

Course applicants must be of a Level 4 skills standard.

This training course is a pre-requirement of the Level 5 Kayak Skills Assessment (Jan 2012 Onwards).

4.00     Recommended Equipment List for Participants
4.01     Wetsuit or Dry suit
4.02     Thermals
4.03     ISO Approved Buoyancy Aid with integrated harness
4.04     ISO Approved Helmet
4.05     Adequate hard sole footwear
4.06     Throw Bag
4.07     Knife
4.08     Whistle
4.09     Two Slings, at least one open Sling 4 - 5 metres in length
4.10     Snap Gate Karabiner x 2
4.11     Screw Gate Karabiner x 3
4.12     Prussic Loop x 2
4.13     Mobile Phone
4.14     First Aid Kit

Additional Equipment that will be demonstrated during the course

4.15     Kichu
4.16     Spare Clothes
4.17     Repair Kit
4.18     Split paddle
4.19     Other Gear

 

                        Guidelines

The RSR 3 training course should be delivered and run on water of Grade III difficulty as part of a river trip.

The course student / trainer ratio is a maximum of 4:1

It is recommended that RSR 3 certification be renewed at least once every 5 years.

Old RSR 2 Cert holders will be recognised as equivalent to the new RSR 3.

                        Course Providers

Jan 2011 to Jan 2013

 

Existing RSR 2 Panel Members will become members of the new RSR 3 Training Panel and be allowed to deliver the new RSR 3 course.

Existing Level 5 Skills Training and Assessment Panel members will be awarded RSR 3 Training Panel membership and be allowed deliver the new RSR 3 course.

Level 4 Kayak or Canoe Instructors who sit in on two RSR 3 courses or attend an RSR 3 workshop will become members of the new RSR 3 Training Panel and be allowed to deliver the new RSR 3 Course.

From Jan 2013

All Level 4 Kayak Instructors will be allowed to deliver the new RSR 3 Training Courses as the new Level 4 Instructor Training will cover the requirements.