River Rescue Certification

River Rescue Certification

Course: River Rescue Certification

Prerequisite(s): • 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: River guides, kayakers, private boaters or kayakers, river runners on all crafts

Additional Courses you might be interested in:

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

 A DYNAMIC river rescue course specifically written and designed for river guides, private boaters, kayakers, pack rafters and other river users.  Basic river skills are a prerequisite so that we can jump right in to safety and rescue skills.  Emphasis is on identifying hazards, good risk assessment,  and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others.  Thinking through rescues is also emphasized.  This is the class you want as a river runner to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. 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.  This is the first of three river rescue specific courses that build upon each other.  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. Upon request this can also be an American Canoe Association ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue course.


Students should expect and prepare for the water temperature with proper thermal protection for being in the water for much of the day.  Drysuits are recommended. Any time not in the water, will be on shore, and active.  Students should prepare for outside air temperatures appropriately.  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.

If you are looking for some great pre-class information, check out the http://www.rescueforriverrunners.com  video series! It is fantastic!

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.