Avon Descent Safety & Competency Assessments

Ascot Kayak Club & the Northam Avon Descent Association have teamed up to deliver the official Avon Descent Safety & Competency Assessments, run by local whitewater legends Terry Bolland and Terry Brooke.



Whitewater Safety & Competency Skills

  • Demonstrate defensive swimming techniques
  • Demonstrate aggresive swimming techniques
  • Identify potential hazard when swimming in moving water
  • Adopt the correct body position to prevent and minimise injury
  • Demonstrate ferry gliding
  • Demonstrate breaking in and out of eddies
  • Identify techniques to actively free oneself from river hazards (and demonstrate in controlled simulations)
  • Demonstrate the ability to wade across thigh-deep currents, both alone and with support, to self-rescue
  • Demonstrate craft re-entry
  • Elect a method of re-entry after consideration of physical ability, type of craft and situational variances

Note: this is not a complete list. Assessment and determination of competency is at the discretion of the assessor.

Upcoming Courses

Friday 2nd July | 9.00am – 12.00pm
Friday 2nd July | 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday 3rd July | 9.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday 3rd July | 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 11th July | 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday 17th July | 9.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday 17th July | 1.00pm – 4.00pm
Saturday 13th August | 9.00am – 12.00pm
$60.00 for AKC members
$120.00 for non-AKC members
Please bring your own equipment (kayak, paddle, life jacket, helmet, footwear, warm clothing, spray deck if in a kayak)
Please note these sessions are subject to water levels at Walyunga. If any changes to the course are made, participants will be notified 24 hours prior.
Walyunga Park Fees apply: https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/park-entry-fees

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