Safety course for non paddling partner!

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Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by zig » Sun Sep 14, 2014 12:20 am

Hi,
Could anyone suggest any courses for my girlfriend regarding throw lines etc as I would like to paddle but usually it's just me and the girlfriend(who has no intention of paddling).Just wondering what's available as she wants to get involved but not enter the water unless it's absolutely necessary!
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Voodoo » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:07 am

an FSRT course has the option of doing it just as a bank based course, there is getting wet involved but not from a boat
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by DaveBland » Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:14 am

Wow, not just a shuttle bunny but a safety bunny. I need to get me one of those.
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Mr Mark Pugh » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:34 am

Hi
I don't think there is a course for your girlfriend, although elements of some would be useful. If you are around the South Lakes I would be happy to pass on my thoughts in a practical and fun way. It would probably be better sooner rather than later as the water temperature is dropping.
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by wild river » Sun Sep 14, 2014 8:37 pm

Hi there
I am pretty sure we could do something with her on one our Whitewater Safety courses.
Give me a ring and we can sort it. Details on the website below
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by zig » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:34 pm

Sorry,
Forgot to say we're based in the southwest(Gloucestershire)

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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Yellow boat » Sun Sep 14, 2014 9:51 pm

Bank based FSRT. Would cover all the basics including throw line. Bank based is still a "wet" course but no paddling involved.
Just a bit of swimming.

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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by nutterboy » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:04 am

If Your looking at moving water then the rescue 3 swift water first responder may be suitable

Obviously your moving towards more professional rescue courses rather than recreational but the course is aimed at keeping yourself safe and basic bank based rescues. I reckon the course would involve getting wet but no paddling and no rescues involving getting wet

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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Jim » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:28 am

Having done bank support for small groups a couple of times when I didn't want to paddle, and chatted to a mate yesterday who did something similar for another friend having a late solo run down the Moriston, I am going to advise that your girlfriend will find it much easier to become a paddler! It is damned hard to keep up on foot.

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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by DaveBland » Mon Sep 15, 2014 4:41 am

Okay, I'm obviously in cynical grumpy mode tonight…. but I wonder how much she can do/learn that you can't teach show her yourself?
Given that she won't be able to jump in after you, it's a bit of towline skills and how to dial 999.
If you are into soloing, then you have to accept that that's what you are doing and not rely on safety from the bank only. If you are with a bud on the water, then is it fair to ask your GF to put herself in potential danger [without BA, Helmet, water clothing] to add minimal assistance over chucking a throw line?

Sorry if I'm way off...
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Wadhamite » Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:10 am

Sometimes I bank support my bf when I can't be bothered to paddle, but I do it in full gear and am prepared to get wet - although I can't think of many situations where it would be safe for me to rescue the bf from the water where he wouldn't be able to self-rescue.
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Re: Safety course for non paddling partner!

Post by Big Henry » Mon Sep 15, 2014 12:16 pm

Are you looking for the right thing in asking about a course? Maybe what you want is a bit of 1-on-1 with a safety provider discussing and doing what exactly you need, rather than trying to find a standard course that does what you don't want or need.

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