Emergency Response

Rescue for River Runners (“Whitewater Rescue Technician” in the US & Europe)

Course Summary

Course Details

Duration

2 days

Format

River based

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with parental permission)
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
  • Be involved in the process of learning to kayak, raft, river board or canoe
Price

$299

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
  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Neoprene gloves (optional)
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants, gloves, socks
  • The boat you regularly paddle in

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Rescue 3’s River Rescue manual, including a guiding skills checklist and guiding log.
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3’s international database
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number and date of certification
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

More details about swiftwater courses including what to expect and how to prepare. Click here for our Swiftwater FAQ.

Rescue for River Runners Course Outline

Day 1: River Session

  • A review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Basic river signals
  • Throw bagging
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Swimming skills
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Basic foot and body entrapment rescue techniques
  • Combat and rescue swimming
  • Rope work

Day 2: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Rope work for wraps, pins, and flips
  • Recovery of drifting/personless boat into a shore or safe eddy
  • Self rescue skills, including swimming a boat to shore
  • Rescue of a distressed swimmer
  • Pinned and wrapped boat boat recovery techniques
  • Technical problem (swiftwater rescue scenario)
  • Debrief

WATER TRAINING

Aug 24-26

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Barry's Bay
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Sept 8-10

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
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Sept 8-9

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
Register

Sept 10-11

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Jasper, AB
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EQUIPMENT

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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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