Becoming an Instructor

First, some background...

Raven Rescue is the Official Agent for Rescue 3 International, which means we are the sole Canadian provider of Rescue 3 training courses in swiftwater, ice rescue, technical rope rescue and motorized boat handling. In order to teach Rescue 3 courses in Canada, you must first participate in our Instructor certification process and demonstrate a high standard of technical rescue and teaching ability.

We are also a preferred provider for Wilderness Medical Associates International (WMA). To become a WMA Instructor please visit the WMA International website.

Why can’t I just take an Instructors’ course for a few days and get certified to teach?

We have no interest in the standard “Train-the-Trainer” approach where those with little relevant skills or experience can become certified to teach in a few days. We don’t believe it is responsible to put someone in charge of others in a high-risk environment like technical rope, confined space, swiftwater, frozen lakes or rivers, without them first demonstrating operational ability in a range of conditions. Rather, we focus on recruiting those who already possess solid baseline skills, and then work with them over a period of time to strengthen and fine tune their abilities. The length of time this takes depends on their prior experience, aptitude, and teaching goals.

General Pre-requisites

All Instructor Candidates must possess:

  • Operational experience in a related field
  • Have taken a Technician level course in the chosen discipline at least twice (Raven Rescue or equivalent)
  • Current certification at the Technician level for Rope Rescue (or equivalent)
  • Current EMR/EMT B or Wilderness First Responder (80 hour) certification or higher

Choose the type of Instructor

  • In-House Instructor
  • Corporate Instructor

What is an In-House Instructor?

In-House Instructors are certified to teach only their colleaugues, (ie. those who are covered by the same insurance umbrella such as fellow fire department members or fellow SAR volunteers). Public registrations are not allowed in this type of course. In-House Instructors must demonstrate ability to teach the required skills and be able to respond to emergencies that could arise during a course, but do not have to meet the exceptional standard of operational ability, course delivery and client service that we require of Corporate Instructors (see below). For this reason, the Instructor certification process can be somewhat shorter but it’s still not a “rubber stamp”.

In-House Instructors must:

  • Abide by our SOGs and Safe Work Procedures
  • Follow our curriculum
  • Purchase course materials from our office
  • Return course materials to us in a timely manner
  • Be audited every two years by an Instructor Trainer while teaching a course for their colleaugues

To begin the process of becoming an In-House Instructor, please click the big red button to complete our Instructor Application. When you click “submit” it will be emailed directly to us and we will get back to you to discuss your suitability.

What is a Corporate Instructor?

Candidates granted Corporate Instructor status are certified to teach courses organized by Raven Rescue for a wide range of clients from emergency responders, to natural resource managers, to industrial personnel, to outdoor adventurers. We have rigorous requirements designed to ensure that our Corporate Instructors are the very best in the rescue training business.

In order to become a Corporate Instructor, candidates must demonstrate:

  • Mastery level of required and related skills
  • Excellent physical fitness
  • Compelling teaching ability
  • High standard of professionalism
  • And client service orientation

Raven Rescue organizes all aspects of the courses taught by Corporate Instructors, including classrooms, insurance and travel. They must be audited by an Instructor Trainer every two years and participate in regular professional development opportunities to maintain their operational status. As a result of our high standards, we believe we have the very best Instructors in the industry: consumate technical rescue professionals as well as inspiring teachers.

To begin the process of becoming a Corporate Instructor, please click the big red button below to complete our Instructor Application. When you click “submit” it will be emailed directly to us. We review Corporate Instructor applications on a quarterly basis, and will get back to you during the next review cycle to discuss your suitability.


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Cole Martin
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I come from a kayaking background and have worked with fisheries on rivers for the past 6 years. My SRT1 instructor, Paul Carus, had both fire fighters and environmental resource students in the class, and he did a great job at making the course apply to both groups equally. I'll be recommending Raven Rescue to everyone looking to take SRT1 in the future, and just wanted to throw out a huge thanks to Paul for the enthusiastic effort he put into the course. It was a great three days, and I look forward to my re-cert in 3 years!


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