River Rescue Certification Professional-RRC PRO

Course: River Rescue Certification Professional-RRC PRO

Prerequisite(s): Current River Rescue Certification, or approved equivalent, and excellent basic rescue skills including the use of throw bags, basic knots, anchors, and an understanding of basic access options is essential. This course is the second level of River Rescue Certification, and you must have the skills learned in the basic RRC course to progress to the RRC PRO. Prior river rescue training is essential! This training can come from another dynamic rescue course, the RRC, or a very specific in house rescue training program. Please look at the prerequisites carefully. This certification is equivalent to the ACA Level 5 program, and is recognized world wide. It is an approved rescue course for the New Zealand Maritime, which has some of the highest standards in the Industry. Upon completion, a commitment to maintaining the skill set is essential.

Who Course is For: Professional River Guides, Class 4-5 Kayakers, Kayak Instructors, and any other river runners with a commitment to maintain a high level of skill in rescue.

Additional Courses you might be interested in:

Wilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder, Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level


River Rescue Certification- PRO

An Internationally recognized water rescue certification that is written for Professional BOATERS, by Professional BOATERS. It is a fast paced, scenario based course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary.  This course builds on the skills of the RRC  with additional scene management, complicated entrapment rescues, evacuation, rope skills, and other advanced skills emphasized.

This energetic, and physical curriculum will be challenging and focused on quick reaction time with a thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills testing component will emphasize knowing your own limits, skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills and the ability to execute a rescue as part of a team. The challenges of responding at night are highlighted in the night op. The task book at the end lays out easy ways to keep your certification current with continuing education and testing day options. This two or three day, intensive and comprehensive course takes professional certification  to a whole new level, and is internationally considered an advanced certification level. 

This class meets all requirements for the ACA Level 5 Swiftwater Rescue Certification.

Students taking this course MUST meet the following general requirements:

– RRC or other swiftwater rescue course completed in last three years

– Strong swimming ability through Class II/III rapids

– Competence and an understanding of:

—- swiftwater rescue access options including wading, swimming, live bait options

—- throw bag skills using both ends of the throw bag

—- rescue knots and hitches, including figure 8, water knot, muenter, butterfly and prussic

—-basic mechanical advantage including 3:1 and vector pulls

—- self rescue techniques and boat handling which includes a whitewater roll if a kayaker

—- rescue progressions including  upstream spotters, downstream back-up, leader, rescuer, medic

—- LAST: Locate, Access, Stabilize, Transport

—- stabilization in entrapments including hands on stabilization  and stabilization line

Please note:  If you need a review of the above, because you are rusty, the RRC PRO can be taught in a 3 day format by special arrangements.  Most of our custom booked RRC PRO courses are 24 hours, instead of 16 hours. We have the 16 hour option for folks that are willing to review on their own, and come prepared.

If you are wondering what skill set you should have before attending the PRO, check out http://www.rescueforriverrunners.com  video series! It is fantastic and a great way to review anything you may be rusty on!