River Crossing Course January 9, 2021



Completing a one-day river crossing course with OENZ is a great way to upskill and ensure your safety before you head on your next big adventure. Rivers are one of the greatest hazards in New Zealand outdoors and claim lives every year! They are dynamic and pose a serious risk to the untrained.

“There are on average, about four river crossing deaths each year. Of these accidents, 80% occur in flooded rivers or side streams.” (Bushcraft Manual Fourth edition. Mountain Safety Council, 2006)




River safety course
Throw banging rescues


  • Hazards
  • River characteristics
  • River crossing principles
  • Decision Making
  • River crossing methods
  • Recovery





  • Participants must be fit to travel for approximately one to four hours, (depending on location) across a rough surface (boulder riverbed), with a full pack
  • Be a minimum of 18 years of age (or a minimum of 14 if their attendance is agreed to by the course director and a parent/guardian)




If you do not have your own equipment you can hire everything you need to attend this course, from us.

  • Sturdy boots or shoes
  • Thermals/merino
  • Beanie/warm hat
  • A full change of clothing
  • Tramping/hiking pack or day bag
  • Towel



The ability to swim confidently is not a pre-requisite of this course, however, if participants are not confident swimmers they should advise their instructors of this on registration.

*A minimum of 4 participants is required for the course to run.

Field Based Course Includes:

  • See course page for more details.


Please bring your own lunch, snacks and drink



*Minimum 4 people needed to run a course

Course booking form

Participant Details

Participant details

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Course cost

Course Cost: $ NZD

You can choose to complete your booking using Credit/Debit Card (via Paypal - PayPal account is not required), or by using your Paypal account. If you would like to make payment by Internet Banking or request an invoice please contact us in advance.
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Contact us at
+64 3 329 9076

Other Course Dates

  • 31 Oct 20
  • 28 Nov 20
  • 06 Feb 21
  • 06 Mar 21
  • 10 Apr 21

Course Timing

09:00 to 3:00pm