Swiftwater Rescue Training

Swiftwater Rescue Training: Courses

The basic course is Swiftwater / Whitewater Rescue and requires two full days. The advanced course is Swiftwater / Whitewater Rescue Technician and that requires four full days. The certification is valid for three years, at which point you need to re-certify. Recertification typically takes two full days.

Typically, the courses are entirely taught in the field. You're jumping into moving water, pulling canoes out of rivers and learning to toss throw bags in a big empty field. There is absolutely no classroom time.

Any swiftwater rescue training is going to be expensive.

Note: Most people use 'swiftwater' and 'whitewater' interchangeably. There is a subtle difference, but for the purpose of this article, they mean the same thing.

Note: The photos in this post are by Boreal River Rescue. This is the guiding company I did my Wilderness First Responder, Whitewater Rescue Technician, and Moving Water courses with. I am not sponsored o...

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