Kia Ora e te iwi,
It has been a long while since we have been active on our blog, however we are hoping to get more consistent with these posts.
Canyon search and rescue
What is it?
Canyon search and rescue is a team set up by Search and Rescue New Zealand involving specialists vertical and river personal, organized in the event that someone requires assistance within steep terrain often mountainous (where rivers tend to flow) environments.
Due to canyoning becoming a growing sport it has been identified that Canyon Search and Rescue teams throughout the country are necessary. They have been made available in case of such circumstances where rescue is required. There are specialized teams currently going through some formal training from experts in the field.
How to stay prepared.
Always leave your intentions with someone (where you are going, what time you are expected back, what time the police should be contacted, etc).
Very rarely is there mobile phone access inside canyons, so carry at least one Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) among your group. Make sure your PLB registration is up to date and that canyoning is listed as one of your activities.
Carry appropriate emergency equipment – note that in the event you are overdue or activate your PLB it may be a long time before rescuers reach you.
In light of this it is not intended as a license for people to be reckless in the environment you still need to ensure that you take the necessary precautions when playing in these environments.
If you are interested in learning a bit more, please feel free to contact us.
Canyonz www.canyonz.co.nz will be running a number of Canyoning courses throughout the year from beginner through to advance learning courses.
Feel free to enquire.