Our outdoor first aid course 'Whitewater First Aid' is two or three days long. A custom program designed by river industry professionals to specifically cover major injuries, life threatening situations, illnesses and evacuation when in the remote river environment.

Suitable for anyone at any level of expertise including those working towards BCU & IRF schemes. This course far exceeds any other water based outdoor first aid on the market for its relevance to the river.

Check our testimonials. Used by:

  • Kayakers
  • Canoeists
  • Raft Guides
  • Trip Leaders
  • Canoe & Kayak Clubs
  • Himalayan Expedition Rafting Companies



Day one will be at the classroom focusing on lifesaving skills & getting hands-on with the basics. Your instructor will demonstrate practically and there will be plenty of moving and doing. There are short presentations to introduce the modules, don’t worry, there is no PowerPoint!

Day two will be in and around a section of river - right by the classroom.
Your instructors will set a series of role playing scenarios out on the river. Using all your skills and awareness you will see each scenario through to its conclusion.

You will focus on getting the right help too, stabilising a patient, packaging & evacuation. There is no test, you are continually assessed.

*For our 3 day course the structure is more or less the same. What is different is we cover more subjects, go deeper in detail about creating solutions for evacuation with gear that we carry, and have much more time practicing. More detail, better cover for you.


At the end of the course, candidates will leave with boosted skills and awareness for dealing with remote incidents out on the river.

Successful candidates will receive an accredited first aid certificate valid for a period of three years.

This meets government guidelines and required learning hours.

Our certificates are accepted by all major NGB's in the UK, what's more you can use it at your 9-5 workplace too.



What is required to manage a remote situation where a casualty is bleeding, ill, unconscious, injured or not breathing. We cover the following:

  • Environment and Exposure mitigation
  • Primary & Secondary Survey
  • Injuries & Bleed Sweeping
  • C.P.R
  • Drowning
  • Heat related emergencies
  • Spine & Neck Injuries
  • Decision Making
  • Evacuation planning
  • Transporting a casualty in the river environment
  • Expedition Illness
  • First Aid Kit - What to take
  • And many more...

Bring a pen! Practical clothes to move around in both indoors & outdoors. We require bringing a full set of paddling kit appropriate for being in and around the water (it might be cold in there!). Boats are optional.
The weather is fickle in Wales so pack for cold & wet - better to have it and not need it because it's sunny, than the other way around.

If you need any advice, or need to borrow gear, get in touch right away - we are always happy to help you stay warm and comfy!

There is a cafe on site serving homemade food, great cake & warm drinks.

More information here

Location & Prices

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Location: NWWC, Bala, Snowdonia NT. Park LL23 7NU

*not a NWWC Course

* private groups subject to a minimum of four & maximum of twelve people

After booking, payment details will be sent to your correspondence. Full payment required within 48 hours to secure booking.

Coming from far away?  Check out Tyn-Cornel campsite just 5 minutes walk downstream from your classroom. It's the perfect spot to park a tent, van or even 'glamp' when attending a course.
Be sure to tell them you're with Mountain River Crag to receive a discount.

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12/13 April

Select 2 or 3 consecutive days when booking

(whitewater first aid is 2 or 3 days)

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