Designed and taught by river industry professionals to specifically cover major injuries, life threatening situations, illnesses and evacuation when in the remote river environment.

Suitable for any river user 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.

Used by 100's of professional guides from all over the world. Check our testimonials.

  • 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, you will be practicing in river gear.
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.




A completely unique first aid course - there is nothing else on the market like this. We are operated by decades long international river guides, this is our main area of expertise.

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

Leave with boosted first aid skills and awareness in dealing with first aid incidents out on the river. Protect your friends and yourself.

This meets government guidelines and required learning hours.

Our certificates are accepted by all major NGB's in the UK .You can use it at your non-river workplace too and is fine for the appointed first aider role.



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 - PFD, Helmet, Good Water Shoes, Throwbag (waistbag optional), Drysuit or 5mm wetsuit. Boats are optional.

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 and we have some extra stuff we can lend.
We can organise drysuit hire for a nominal fee through the National Whitewater Centre too.

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

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

*not a NWWC Course

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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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Upcoming Course Dates:

11-12 May 2019
Instructor: Robin
Spaces Available: 10

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