Emergency Response

Rescue for River Runners (Professional) (“Whitewater Rescue Technician 2” in the US & Europe)

Course Summary

Course Details

Duration

3 days

Format

River based

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with parental permission)
  • Strong swimming ability
  • Rescue for River Runners or proof of prior similar experience or training
  • Ability to paddle or raft class 3 water
  • Be actively involved in kayaking, rafting, river boarding or canoeing
  • In good physical condition
Price

$435

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.

R3-Pro Course Outline

Day 1: River Session

  • A review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Advanced river signals and communication
  • Advanced live bait rescue applications
  • Tension diagonal
  • Whitewater swimming skills
  • Advanced river hydrology and hazards
  • Complex foot and body entrapment
  • Combat and rescue swimming
  • Advanced rope work including descending and raising skills

Day 2: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Recovery of drifting/personless boat into shore or safe eddy
  • Self-rescue techniques including swimming a boat to shore
  • Rescue of a distressed swimmer
  • Rope work for complex wraps, pins, and flips
  • Compound and complex mechanical advantage
  • Technical problem (swiftwater rescue scenario)
  • Night operation

Day 3: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Debrief of night operation
  • Site safety assessment
  • Spine friendly play boat extrication techniques
  • Rescue from a pinned boat
  • Recovery of a boat from a re-circulating feature
  • Multiple technical problems (swiftwater rescue scenarios)
  • Debrief

WATER TRAINING

Mar 1-3

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Mar 1-2

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Mar 15-17

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Kamloops, BC
Register

Mar 15-16

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Kamloops, BC
Register
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TESTIMONIALS

Adam Galbraith, Firefighter
Richmond Fire Department

As a full time firefighter in the lower mainland, I have been to many courses, and by far this one was one of the best! Craig Gerrard is born to do this. Not only is he a wealth of important knowledge, he is able to communicate this knowledge without ego, in a positive manner, that harbours a fun, challenging, and useful course.

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