About Us

Big Water Safety Equipment Pty Ltd

How it all began.

Big Water was established in 2004 by Alan Carrette in Cairns, Australia, while he was working for a local rafting company as a River Guide.

When he was buying his own safety equipment to work as a guide, he saw the need for specialized gear options locally, used by River Guides, Kayakers and Swiftwater Rescue Agencies.

This is him at work on the river, (as a young whippa snappa!)

He started his own small business, Big Water Safety Equipment.

Over the years Alan grew from River Guide to Operations Manager. His role was to train new river guides, this is where he gained the qualification of International Rafting Federation Instructor and became a Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician. Whilst running operations for a large whitewater rafting company.

Alan Guiding, 2013

Big Water is a family owned and operated business in Cairns.

Then into the position of General Manager, for 5 years.

Once the business had grown large enough, Alan set to work solely at Big Water.
Today Big Water kits out some of the largest Emergency Services, and commercial water adventure companies across Australia.

SES, Fire & Emergency Services, Aust. Federal Police, Aust. Defence Force, Ambulance Rescue.

Recreational adventurers are also catered for no matter your type of outdoor pursuit. Check out the website to see if we have something you might be interested in and if you need advice or recommendations, Alan knows his stuff.

Our e-commerce store is just the start of what we offer. If it's not on our website, we can easily source what you’re after, just drop us a line or give us a call.

Alan Carrette

Phone:0408 854 097

Director, Big Water Safety Equipment

Postal address: PO Box 628, Edmonton, QLD. Australia 4869

ABN: 146 199 577 47