This half-day course is based in international best practice, including the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council’s river safety resources and covers river crossing decision making, shallow water crossing techniques (solo and group), river swimming survival techniques, use of throw bags and where required, pack floats and wader safety drills are covered. The course is aimed at recreational hikers and outdoor enthusiasts who may be near rivers and cross rivers occasionally.
The 2-day format is specially designed for newer river guides and private boaters, kayakers, non-profit organizations and anyone taking a river rescue course for the first time.
Basic river running and paddling skills are a prerequisite. Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on rescue itself; both to self and others. Thinking through rescues is also emphasized. This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and to know what to do if something goes wrong. Although this course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers; it’s pace allows for through integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter.
The two day format makes the course more accessible and affordable. This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere! The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, river boarders and SUP paddlers.
This is the certification for professional river guides, kayakers, and folks that spend time on Class 4 and 5 whitewater. It demands a high level of fitness, and a set of basic rescue skills.
It is the “advanced” course, and folks that join this course must have taken a WRT/RRC or the equivalent, and have the prerequisite skills of knowing basic knots, throw bagging, self rescue, basic MA, stabilization and snag line, as well as an ongoing history of spending quite a bit of time in and on whitewater.
The International Rafting Federation has also accepted the WRT/RRC as a go-to curriculum for Rescue Certification.
This is an 8 hour classroom-based introduction to the theory of swiftwater rescue. Provides an overview of the risks and hazards associated with moving water, and a summary of the techniques that can be used to self rescue or rescue others. Basic background knowledge for those who have front-line personnel who encounter moving water in the course of their work. Qualifies personnel to work in the “cold zone” more than 10’ from moving water.
A two-day course including one day in the classroom
that provides the knowledge and skills necessary to work in close proximity to moving water, but not in or on the water. The course covers basic hydrology of moving water and the risks associated with it. Participants practice shore-based rescue techniques using simple methods, and basic swimming techniques for self rescue. Qualifies personnel to work in the “warm zone” within 10’ of moving water.
A three-day course that is the minimum training recommended for those who work alongside, in, or on moving water. The classroom session provides detailed knowledge of hydrology and hazards associated with moving water. The next two days are spent in moving water, learning skills including shallow water crossings, self-rescue and effective techniques for the rescue of others. Qualifies personnel to work in the “hot zone” in or on moving water.
This 3 1/2 day advanced course will expand the expertise of those who have taken SRT I into the realm of extreme whitewater situations, with the emphasis on victim rescue and night operations. Integrates skills learned in SRT1 and Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level (or other NFPA 1670 rope course).