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Rescue 3 Courses & Certifications

Premier Rescue 3 Courses for River, Ropes & First Aid

Water Rescue Courses

Recreational River Safety (RECRS)

This half-day Rescue 3 International course is designed for recreational water enthusiasts who wish to learn some water safety skills. This course covers safe river crossing techniques and decision making, survival swimming techniques and use of throw bags. This course is aimed to provide recreational users with knowledge of safe water practices. Participants must be confident swimmers and over 18. Courses can be run for groups with a minimum of 8 persons.

Want to learn Practical Water Safety Skills in a fun course setting and don’t need the Rescue 3 Certification? Check out our Nomad Adventure River Safety Course.

Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational (WRT)

This 2-day Rescue 3 International course is specially designed for newer river guides and recreational 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 practices; both to self and others. Thinking through rescues is also emphasized. While this course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers; its pace allows for thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter. Participants must be confident swimmers and over 18. The qualification is valid for 3 years.

Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional (WRT-PRO)

This 3-day Rescue 3 International certification is designed for professional river guides, kayakers, and folks that spend time on Class 4 and 5 whitewater. It is the “advanced” course, and folks that join this course must have taken a WRT/RRC or the equivalent. Participants must be confident swimmers, over 18 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 accepted the WRT/RRC as a go-to curriculum for rescue certification. This course culminates with a test for certification. Certification is valid for 3 years. 

Ropes Rescue Courses

Recreational Rappel Operator (RECRO)

This 4-day Rescue 3 International course is suitable for recreational climbers who are interested to learn how to lead group rappelling (abseiling) activities in recreational settings. The course includes knots, environmental care, rope physics, technical equipment, anchoring, rappelling, contingency/releasable anchor systems, belaying, coaching new rappellers, emergency drills, ascending, risk management and site management. 

Participants who have ropes experience or have held previous qualifications may qualify for a 2 or 3-day course. Participants must be over 18 and have basic ropes knowledge. Qualification valid for 3 years.

Want to learn about basic Ropes Rescue as a recreational rock climber or sport climber and don’t need the Rescue 3 certification? See our Nomad Adventure Rope Rescue Techniques.

Wilderness Medicine Courses

Wilderness First Aid (WFA)

This 3-day ASHI course is designed for individuals who are not health care professionals or professional rescuers but desire or are required to hold wilderness first aid knowledge and skills. The course covers preventing and caring for a vast range of injuries and illnesses, identifying and reducing environmental hazards and other wilderness considerations. 

Prior knowledge or completion of a previous first aid course is highly encouraged. Certification is valid for 2 years.

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