General Aims

The RSR 2 is a 1 day course or can now be run in a modularised format over several sessions.

This course is 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.

Attendance Requirements

Requirements for attending a RSR 2 assessment:

  • Participant must hold a level 2 skills in either canoe or kayak to attend an RSR2 course.
  • Must be a Canoeing Ireland member

The RSR 2 aims to enable candidates to:

1. Understand the appropriate equipment for Grade II water

2. Develop an understanding of Safe Practices on Grade II water

3. Execute self-rescue on Grade II water

4. Rescue of others in Grade II water

5. Rescue of equipment in Grade II water

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:

  • Personal Equipment for Grade II
  • Basic Hydrology/Dynamics of Grade II rivers
  • Safe practices and accident prevention methods – CLAP
    • Communication

    • Line of Sight
    • Avoidance
    • Positioning
  • Risk Assessment & Decision Making on Grade II Rivers
  • Safety Zones & Leadership
  • Safe River Running Methods –
    • Follow the Leader

    • Herd and Drive
    • Eddy Hopping
    • Leap Frog
  • Safe order of Priority
  • Self-Rescue – Defensive/Offensive swimming in Grade II

    • Systematic approach to a rescue –
      • 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
    • Access & Egress
    • Progression of Extraction
    • Extraction Techniques –
      • Knots

      • Clipping in
      • Effective Pulling
      • Anchors
      • Vector Pull

      Course Documents

      Assessment Guidelines
      RSR 2 Skills Sheet
      Equipment List