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Lakeland Canoe Club

White Water Rescue Skills - Swimming, Throwlines and Reaching Rescues.

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Event Leader: Mark Hickman.


Maximum Number of Participants: 4.


1. Type: River 

2. WWSR - Swimming, throwlines and reaching rescues.

3. Level of ability: improver+. Simple Class 2 water skills.

4. Venue: Devil’s Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale.

5. Time: meet at 0930. Session 1000-1400.

6. Lift share: No lift share - static venue.

7. Participants will be swimming. Please wear adequate clothing and dry suits or dry separates. Spray decks not required. 

8. Please wear appropriate footwear - we will be working along the banks. Helmets and BAs to be worn at all times.

9. Please bring appropriate food and warm drinks.

10. There will be a theory session - you might want to consider an extra waterproof to trap heat.

Skills to include (in brief):

Swimming: hydrology, self rescue, clean kit, defensive and offensive swimming, eddy roll, fending off, catching lines.

Throwlines: clean line principle, bag analysis, packing and stowing, rinsing, drying and UV, throwing styles, bracing and belaying, belay buddies, position of maximum usefulness.

Reaching rescues: paddles, tapes, hand lines.

Please bring your own paddles, throwlines and tapes/slings.


RSVP at least two days before the event.

This event will be repeated as part of a rolling programme of WWSR sessions. If an immediate oversubscription occurs, please state your interest below and a parallel session will be held in January 2021.


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Hi Mark.  Interest in joining this event but only have seperate dry top and bottoms so will  leak like made in the water.  Would you happen to know if the club has spare dry suits? 

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Dear Mr Green,

Hello and thank you. I am not sure whether LCC has dry suits, intuitively not. Maybe put out a request on WhatsApp.

However, whilst on this occasion I will be in a dry suit, I usually paddle in separates anyway, and run WWSR courses in them. They have never been an issue if good quality and cinched tight.

If I can be of any more assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you.

yours sincerely,


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