The Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team (TWSMRT) Canoe Group
assist the TWSMRT with searches (and occasionally rescues) in or near water throughout
County Durham. Accessing the water by boat allows inspection from a different
perspective and rapid access to sections of bank side not easily reached from
elsewhere. Furthermore it also allows much better searching of the water itself.
The Canoe Group also help in flood conditions to access flooded areas which cannot
be reached safely by other means.
rivers for missing persons is the main part of the canoe groups work - it is not
usually technically hard water but is quite demanding on the concentration (and
usually cold and smelly). Call outs are by their nature unpredictable but often
seem to happen mid week. All members of the canoe group are local paddlers and
Members of the canoe team should:
Be over 18
Be of at
least solid BCU 4* standard
Have some experience and interest in White Water
Safety and Rescue
Have some basic first aid skills (further training is available)
capable of working in an impromptu team and as part of a larger rescue team effort
regularly available at short notice
Have their own boat and equipment suitable
for at least grade 3 water
Attend at least one training session every year
in or near the Durham watershed (e.g. Tees, Wear or Derwent).
It is also
an advantage if canoe team members have their own transport and an email address
for day to day communications.
Unfortunately for insurance purposes non
canoe team members may not help on call outs.
If you are interested in becoming
part of the TWSMRT canoe team please contact