Outdoor Adventure

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Safety & Rescue - Swiftwater

Course Summary

SUP techniques for moving water

Stand Up Paddleboarding in swiftwater can benefit from some specific skills and training. This hands-on, river-based course prepares paddleboarders for swiftwater based adventures by equipping them with the skills to rescue themselves and others in moving water.

Course Details


2 days


River based



  • 18+ years of age (16-17 with parental permission)
  • Experience paddleboarding in swiftwater
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition



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*
  • Paddle board and paddle*
  • 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

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Registration of training record in Raven Rescue's database
  • Wallet card with personal Raven Rescue number and date of certification
  • Certificate of Completion

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

SUP Safety & Rescue - Swiftwater Outline

Day One - Flatwater Session

  • A review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Proper falling techniques
  • Unassisted remounting of board
  • Using your board as a rescue tool

Day Two - River Session

  • Site safety assessment
  • Basic river signals
  • Throw bagging
  • Navigation
  • Paddling techniques with a victim on your board
  • Rolling unconscious/hypothermic people onto your board


Aug 24-26

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Barry's Bay

Sept 8-10

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB

Sept 8-9

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB

Sept 10-11

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Jasper, AB
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NRS Rapid Rescuer PFD

Type V PDF, 22 lbs flotation.

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