Emergency Response

Motorized (Flatwater) Rescue Boat Operator

Course Summary

Certified training for lakes, reservoirs, and tidal water.

This comprehensive boat operator course prepares emergency responders to operate any type of motorized watercraft on non-moving or flatwater in lakes, resevoirs, estuaries or tidal zones.

According to the Lifesaving Society, powerboating is the second highest cause of preventable water-related drownings. This course will develop the sense of confidence and necessary skills to operate watercraft at speed in flatwater in lakes, resevoirs, estuaries and tidal zones, and to avoid becoming a statistic. The curriculum includes pre-trip safety checks, identification of hazards, basic and more advanced boat handling, man-overboard, boat-based victim rescue, and general on-water safety. Participants receive a certification from Rescue 3 International that is recognized worldwide and is a valuable document in mutual aid situations.

We can tailor the course to any type of motorized watercraft (jet or propellor driven, or PWC). A low student to instructor ratio makes for lots of hands-on practice time for each participant.

We do not offer these courses on a public, open enrolment basis, but our group size is only 6, so contact us today to find out how to organize a course for your group. Please note: clients must provide their own watercraft.

Course Details

Duration

2 days

Format

1/2 day classroom, 1 1/2 days on the water (+ optional night session)

Participants

Minimum 4. Maximum 6.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$549

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years.

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (a valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with date of certification
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

For more details about boat handling courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Rescue Boat Operator FAQ.

Course Outline

Day One - Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3 Philosophy
  • Waves and currents
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Boat-based safety equipment
  • Communications
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and specialized gear
  • Dryland rope work
  • Boat maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Boat inspection
  • Pre-trip safety checklist

Day Two - Water Session

  • Self rescue swimming skills
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Boat handling, figure 8s
  • Maneuvering with the engine cut
  • Man overboard
  • Parbuckling
  • Optional: night operations session (after dark)
  • Swamping, capsizing
  • Flipping and righting
  • Rescue scenario
  • Written examination
  • Debrief

BOAT TRAINING

We only offer private boat operator courses. Contact us for more information.

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EQUIPMENT

Scarab Rescue Tool

The Scarab® represents five years of research and testing by Rick Lipke and the design team at Conterra. It was born out of the need for a small, simple device that could easily control heavy rescue loads, as well as excel at pick offs, twin rope systems and other general rescue techniques. The Scarab® does all this and more.

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TESTIMONIALS

Darren Saare
Port Alberni Search & Rescue

Once again it was great working with Raven Rescue. The course environment was a challenge, since we were in heavy flood conditions, but Craig did a great job of adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the participants while maintaining a sufficient level of safety amongst heavy debris, massive whirlpools and somewhat bizarrely... a couple of huge sea lions that strayed up the river to play in the chaos.

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