River Rescue Certification

River Rescue Certification

Course: River Rescue Certification

Prerequisite(s): • Be involved in the process of learning to kayak, raft, river board or canoe. • Have an understanding of basic hydrology and be familiar with identifying basic features such as an eddy, eddy line, standing wave, hydraulic, hole, etc. • Have the ability to navigate a craft in a minimum of class II water and therefore understand navigational techniques such as ferrying and catching eddies. • Have some familiarity with basic rescue equipment such as throw bags and carabiners.

Who Course is For: Private boaters, kayakers and non-profit organizations!

Additional Courses you might be interested in:

River Rescue Certification for the Professional, CPRWilderness First Aid, Wilderness First Responder

A DYNAMIC water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters, kayakers, professional river guides new to rescue, and non-profit organizations.  Emphasis is on identifying hazards, thinking through rescues and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. This is an American Canoe Association ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue course.  Although 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.  The two day format makes the course more affordable and accessible.  This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere!  The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers.

STUDENT REQUIREMENTS:

Students should expect and prepare for the elements with proper thermal protection for being in the water, adequate dry, warm clothing; and food and beverages emphasizing sugars and carbohydrates. This is a dynamic and engaging curriculum and will require a full two-day commitment with homework at night.

Observation or participation in all of the activities and a co-signed skills check-off sheet are required to receive the certificate of completion. If a student feels uncomfortable about participating in any activity and simply wishes to observe, the Instructor should be advised. Knowing your own limits is essential to be a safe boater and rescuer; and is highly respected by our Instructors.

This class meets all requirements for the ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Certification.

**If you’re a river guide or kayaker and received your RRC certification, you can upgrade to the Professional River Rescue Certification.