Outdoor Adventure

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

Course Summary

Swiftwater 101 for paddlers and junior guides.

The focus of this 2 day course is on the necessary knowledge and skills for all paddlers and those who want to work as junior guides. It is tailored to the specific needs of those working or playing on and around moving water. This very hands-on and practical course is great for those who want to feel more confident while around swiftwater - more confidence = more fun! This course is not NFPA compliant nor will it meet the needs of professional groups such as fire or field services.

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

Mar 1-3

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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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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