Outdoor Adventure

Non-Motorized (Swiftwater) Rescue Boat Operator

Course Summary

Raft, driftboat, canoe or kayak safely on rivers.

Get practical, hands-on training before you head out on the river in any non-motorized watercraft including rafts, driftboats or canoes. This course will develop the sense of confidence and necessary skills to operate a paddle or oar boat both safely and efficiently in moving water.

Learn how it's done ... where it's done!

Limited classroom time and 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 minimum class size is only four, so contact us to set up a private course for your group. Please note: clients must provide their own watercraft.

Course Details

Duration

Option 1: 2 days (for those who have a current Operations or Technician swiftwater certification)

Option 2: 3 days (for those who do not have a current Operations or Technician swiftwater certification)

Format

Option 1: 1/2 day classroom & 1 1/2 days on the water (optional night session)

Option 2: 1/2 day classroom & 2 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

Option 1: $549

Option 2: $749

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 expiry date
  • Certificate of Completion
FAQ

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

Course Outline

Dependent on whether the course is delivered over 2 or 3 days.

(* not included in 2 day format)

Day One - Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3 Philosophy
  • Basic hydrology (movement of water)*
  • 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
  • Eddying in & out, ferrying, running rapids etc.
  • Man overboard
  • Parbuckling
  • Optional: night operations session (after dark)

Day Three - Water Session

  • Flipping and righting
  • Wraps and pins
  • Rescue scenarios
  • Written examination
  • Debrief

BOAT TRAINING

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

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EQUIPMENT

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