River Rescue & Incident Management for Canoeists – Beyond WWSR

This will be a pilot programme for what we hope will become a regular (and fascinating) OCA training day.

Search and Rescue specialists Chris Onions and Tim Bird will cover a cross section of technical Search and Rescue matters including:

  • Mechanical advantage T method
  • Rescue toys found on a fire engine
  • Lowering and raising loads (canoes)
  • Rescue training standards, levels and competencies. Primacy – who is in charge of river rescue?
  • Integrating with the emergency services, or how do I help when something has gone wrong?
  • River search where and how to look.

Those attending will be asked to provide feedback on how to develop the day in the longer term.

Click HERE for the booking form 🙂

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Chris Onions

Aside from being a SRT Advanced Instructor and a Rope Rescue Technician Instructor trainer delivering water incident management and search classes, Chris is active within mountain rescue and has previously held the position of Regional Training Officer for the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association (NWMRA).

Chris is currently the Regional Water Officer engaged with assisting mountain rescue teams enhance their water rescue capability. At Canoefest 2015 he will be teaming up with Tim Bird to deliver "River Rescue & Incident Management for Canoeists" - a pioneering day introducing canoeists to perspectives from beyond standard WWSR training.

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    Tim Bird

    Those who know Ray Goodwin's book will have heard tales of Tim Bird: he's the one on page 36 - with the photo and story of a long portage across Rannoch Moor to Rannoch Station.

    Aside from being an SRT and Rope Rescue Instructor, Tim Bird has been a member of the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Team for over twenty years and is a Course Director of MountainSafe, a group made up from experts from the North Wales Mountain Rescue Association, Snowdonia National Park Authority and North Wales Police.

    At Canoefest 2015, Tim will be working with Chris Onions on our pilot River Rescue & Incident Management for Canoeists – Beyond WWSR course.

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