I ordered a copy of the White Water Safety Movie form Eddyline Films a few weeks ago after watching part of it (5-10 mins) at this years Tyne Tour.

Written, presented and produced by Bruce Jolliffe and Dougie Shannon the DVD aims to bring a realistic, no-nonsense introduction to white water safety to you.

Bruce and Dougie took a group of real students to the Spanish Pyrenees with award winning cameraman Paul Diffley, and recorded the coached demos and live practise to highlight what you really need to know to get to grips with this material.

The DVD was edited by a television professional with no knowledge of white water safety to ensure that the examples are as clear and concise as is possible.

White Water Safety from Bruce Jolliffe on Vimeo.

The DVD is broken down into 10 chapters, each of which is then subdivided into a number of key elements. I watched the DVD in one go and can best describe it as just like being on a course and having 1:1 tuition. It has a really nice warm/supportive feel (if that makes sense). I really like the format, it assumes no prior knowledge and takes the viewer through each of the key elements of white water safety in a calm, practical way with a clear and logical progression. The video is well shot and well edited.

After 25+ years of white water paddling I still picked loads of new information and techniques.

The chapters are structured as follows:

Chapter 1 – Getting Ready

Equipment from Bruce Jolliffe on Vimeo.

Chapter 2 – River Features

Chapter 3 – What Makes a Safer Paddler?

Communication from Bruce Jolliffe on Vimeo.

Chapter 4 – Group Boating Strategies

Chapter 5 – Safe Swimming and Self Rescue

Chapter 6 – Basic Assisted Rescues

Chapter 7 – The Art of Throwbags

Chapter 8 – Hitches, Knots and Anchors

Chapter 9 – Wading, Live Bait and Taglines

Chapter 10 – Recovering Equipment

At £19.99 (+ P&P) the DVD represents great value and will be invaluable for both clubs and individuals.