White Water Safety and Rescue

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The writing of this book started when I tried to put some notes together as course notes for the safety and rescue courses I was running at Plas y Brenin. It soon became clear what a huge topic it is and in sheer frustration I explained to a friend that I would have to write a book to cover it properly. His answer was, “Why don’t you?” This is the result.

What’s new in the 2nd Edition?

Full colour and new photos throughout.
The text has been completely revised and numerous small but significant improvements have been made.
The principles of safety and rescue have been unified and the mnemonic CLAP adopted. This is to make it easier to remember them and fall in line with current practice in the teaching of white water safety.
The rescue section has been reorganized to fit in more closely with the TRTTG ‘low to high risk’ model.
The rafting sections have been completely rewritten by Geraint Rowlands.
The chapter ‘Planning a Descent’ has been extended to cover factors to be considered when travelling abroad.
One-handed signals as used by Paul O’Sullivan in his chapter in the BCU Canoe and Kayak Handbook have been adopted.

Weight 646.00 g


Author of book

Franco Ferrero


Pesda Press

Publish Date

31 March 2006



Page size

170mm x 240mm



Number of pages


Author description

a Rescue 3 Instructor. and holds the Mountaineering Instructor Certificate. His passions are white water and sea kayaking, and ski-mountaineering. He has paddled throughout the UK and in many parts of the world including Nepal, Franco Ferrero divides his work time between managing Pesda Press and freelance coaching. He is qualified as a BCU Level 5 Coach (Sea and Inland), is a REC first aid provider, Peru and Western Canada., rock and ice climbing, Scandinavia, the European Alps

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