Our First International Courses

Our First International Courses

welcome to the himalaya....

This winter we're in Nepal, from October right through to February. Combining many things on this trip such as trekking the Annapurna, Kayaking and rafting multi day expeditions & teaching our first international courses we couldn't be more excited to be here in the wonderful place that is Nepal.

Our first courses take place right after the Himalayan Whitewater Challenge in Pokhara, central Nepal we begin on the 5th of December. We have teamed up with local friends at Silk Road bar and restaurant to host the course, provide us with a delicious dahl bhat and caffiene.

This program is Whitewater first aid - 16 Hour - and is for members from Nepal Kayak Club. We made a friendly deal with the club, the courses here are not for profit as pretty much no one here made any money last year due to the earthquake.  Classroom lessons happen at the Silk Road and the 2nd day of each course is spent out in rafts & kayaks on the nearby rafting section of the upper seti river. As most of the people coming on the course have done a first aid before or if not are already experienced river guides, these courses are an absolute blast! The boys really know their stuff, and it s great to see so many people getting so much out of the training. We have sunny conditions all day on the river days and great classroom environment. In total we put 19 people through  theses two courses - we are very happy to have helped out the whitewater community here.

 

May 21/22 Whitewater first aid at the Tryweryn

Big bacon sandiwch and a coffee, everything’s in place and Matt and Chris are just about to arrive.

We say hello, order lunch at the cafe and head off up the road to our riverside classroom for a weekend of whitewater first aid. Cracking on with primary & secondary surveys in the morning, we break for lunch and set a shuttle for our paddle down from the centre to Bala mill. It’s quickly apparent once on the river that all of us are experienced river paddlers, making our descent of the class 2+ lower section of the Tryweryn relaxing and enjoyable for all.

A few scenarios later Chris and I float into swimming eddy (after halfway bridge) and set up our scenario for Matt. As Matt pulls over to the eddy, we are both floating about in the water. Chris’s instructions are to flip out, and be hyperventilating, making him the obvious patient and drawing Matt’s attention away from me. Ive now just taken my feet up off the river bed and pretend to be unconscious, i start rotating in the eddy with the current, slowly but definately making my way towards the flow, and away from the safety of the eddy. At this point Matt has pulled Chris out of the water and heads over to grab me and paddle me to the side, after some more spirited attention grabing from Chris matt half gets me on the side and races back over to chris. I decide to wiggle just a little and float past them both, face down in the water…

If that sounded more fun than your last first aid course, Mountain River Crag is running courses every month this summer at the Tryweryn.
Situated a shrt distance outside of Bala, on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, Canolfan Tryweryn is the best venue possible for teachinh or Highly Rated ‘Whitewater First Aid’

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