The RSR 2 is a 1 day course 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.


Objectives of the RSR2

The RSR 2 aims to enable candidates to:


  • Understand the appropriate equipment for Grade II water
  • Develop an understanding of Safe Practices on Grade II water
  • Execute self rescue on Grade II water
  • Rescue of others in Grade II water
  • 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, Reach, Throw, Row, Helo (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)
  • Progression of Extraction
  • Knots
  • Clipping in
  • Effective Pulling
  • Anchors
  • Vector Pull
  • Access & Egress


Recommended Equipment List for Participants:

  • Wetsuit or Drysuit
  • Thermals
  • ISO/CE Approved buoyancy with integrated harness
  • ISO/CE Approved helmet
  • Adequate hard sole footwear
  • Throw Bag
  • Knife
  • Whistle
  • Mobile Phone
  • One screw gate & one snap gate karabiner
  • One 4 - 5 metre open sling

Additional Equipment that will be used for demonstration during the course

(equipment provided by instructors)

  • First Aid Kit
  • Kisu
  • Spare Clothes
  • Repair Kit
  • Split Paddle
  • Other essential gear


  • Applying to attend this course applicants must be of a Level 3 skills standard
  • The RSR 2 course should be delivered and run on water of Grade II difficulty as part of a river trip
  • It is recommended that RSR 2 certification be renewed at least once every 5 years
  • Be registered as a member with Canoeing Ireland
  • Ratio 1:6


This training course is a pre-requirement of the Level 4 Kayak Skills Assessment