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£200 Per Person

WWSR Ty Nant & Darren Clarkson Collaboration

A unique opportunity to gain your British Canoeing WWSR alongside the world renowned Adventure paddler Darren Clarkson

This intense two-day course prepares a participant for rescue scenarios in a whitewater environment, be it in a kayak or canoe. Run in a different way with a guest celebrity paddler.

Darren will be joining our very own Andy Turton running this course.

If you don’t know Darren see a bio lower in this page. A weekend of good Banter, Quality Safety learning alongside many bad jokes.

We have two dates planned for the coming season ( more may come)

10 – 11 December 2022

21-22 January 2023

This intense two-day course prepares a participant for rescue scenarios in a whitewater environment, be it in a kayak or canoe. In addition, to the course, we will be chatting about the application of these protocols in an expedition context with Darren. one not to be missed.

In the two-day course, you will work on your awareness of safety, practice some personal survival techniques and learn effective throwline, boat rescue and live bait techniques.
This is a practical course with as much time as possible spent in the river environment.

If you would like to learn more about the course Syllabus please follow this link.


Due to the nature of the course having good quality canoe clothing is strongly advised, the course costs do not include equipment hire, however, if you need something please get in touch.

Below is a recommended kit list, if you have anything please bring it along but we have everything needed available, you will learn on the course the advantages of equipment and which ones are best suited to you.

Kit List

• Personal Kayaking clothing – especially footwear suitable for scrambling around banks.
• Throwline – Floating high visibility rope, minimum length 15m, minimum diameter 8mm.
• River Knife – sharp, safely stowed but easily accessible single-handed.
• 2 to 3 Karabiners – Locking HMS pear shaped anodised alloy karabiners.
• An un-knotted 3 – 5m length of climbers tape webbing
• Buoyancy Aid with quick release chest harness
• Whistle
• Kayak / canoe

Excellent day SUP’ing on Llangollen canal, through Chirk tunnel and over Chirk aqueduct. Andy very kindly managed to fit us in for a tour last minute. We had a great morning learning some SUP techniques and having a laugh on the canal, thanks Andy!


The Details


2 Day course – £200pp


Confident grade 2 paddler.

Confident swimming in canoe clothing in moving water.

No minimum age – just confident and responsible

You Need:

Can be provided on request.


North Wales venues

Set up for group needs & conditions

Likely run on the Dee – Llangollen unless it is raining.

Can travel for groups (plus mileage costs)

About Darren Clarkson

Darren is an adventurer whose personal philosophy asks what we can learn when we put ourselves in a place of adventure. Over the last 20+ years Darren has explored some of the worlds most challenging rivers. He specialises in running trips across the Himalaya in Nepal, India, Bhutan, Pakistan and Tibet. To join him for expeditions visit He has been called one of the most innovative paddlers of his generation, his name synonymous with a generation of Himalaya paddlers. Darren has Countless 1st Descents, and numerous noteworthy Solo descents to his name.

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