29th Nov River Safety Course

Saturday 29th November 2014 (1 x Pre-course session, and or 1 field day (to include theory prior to practice) Lecture: Frankton Firestation 9am 29th Nov Field day: Venue 29th Nov Weather permitting Description: This course is aimed at all who may travel in or across river or stream beds while travelling in the NZ outdoors. It will suit those who are looking for entry-level instruction Prerequisites: Be 18 years of age (or younger if their attendance is agreed to by a guardian). Be physically capable of walking on rough riverbed surfaces with a full pack for approximately 1- 2 hrs. Learning outcomes: On completion, the participant will: Be able to understand basic river dynamics and hazards. Know the basic safety rules for assessing whether it is safe to cross a river or stream. Know that it is often right to choose not to cross. Be able to pick where it is safest to cross. Be able to organise clothing and equipment for travel/river crossing. Be able to use an approved method for solo crossing (if alone) Be able to use an approved mutual support method. Know how to float and recover if swept away Know how to self-release from a trapped pack. Know how to safely retreat during a crossing if necessary. Understand how to manage a group around waterways. Assessment: The course does not have a formal assessment, but the participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Course: The course will start at 9.00am and will finish at approximately 4:00pm. The course will commence with a classroom session. During the afternoon we will head out into the field...