Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 2


Are you looking to up your rescue game?
Maybe, A little rusty on your rope work?
Are you raising the bar for your first river trip?
Get trained and bring safety conciseness to your next adventure.

Is this course for you? 
This course is for paddlers looking for training and preparedness to perform in water rescues or work in a medium to high risk environment.Participants will be working from simple to complex systems and focusing on third party rescues. This course involves swimming in Class 2-3 whitewater, self rescue, subject and equipment  contact rescues and scenarios.

What are the Requirements?
Participants must be able to paddle grade II+ whitewater in a kayak, Canoe, SUP, packraft, raft, body board, rescue boat. Must be good swimmers and comfortable in a river environmentBasic knowledge of hydrology and hazard recognitionThere is NO requirement for previous Swift water training
This course takes place on a weekend from  Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday
The Friday PM- focus on introductions, whitewater review and course expectations.
Saturday AM- practical skills training and clinics
Saturday PM- practical skills training and clinics, practice scenario(s)
Sunday AM- review of practical skills and more practice scenariosSunday PM- student led practice scenarios and exam.

Specific Knowledge and Skill Modules
  • Swift water Awareness Theory and Review of key concepts
  • Hydrology and Hazard recognition and avoidance REVIEW 
  • PPE and Safety Check
  • Communication Protocols 
  • Site/Task Assessment
  • Emergency Planning
  • Swift water Safety Swimming
  • Combat and rescue swimming
  • Throw Bag & Belay
  • Swift water Wading
  • Entrapment Recovery- Foot, Body, Equipment, Quick Release
  • Basic Aquatic Rope/Knots/Anchors
  • Vector
  • Rescue Responses/Subject Profile
  • Contact Rescue- Tethered
  • Rescue Scenario training and practice
  • Pinned and wrapped boat boat recovery techniques
  • Self rescue skills, including swimming a boat to shore
  • Rescue of a distressed swimmer

Personal Protective Equipment including a drysuit is required for this course as water temperature is below safe operating level for rescue swimming and practice scenarios.

This course is recognized by the International Rescue Instructors Association and a course certificate is issued after successful completion of course objectives.

Gear rental is available on first come first serve basis.
Please inquire about local accommodation and camping recommendations.

Local eateries offer a wide selection of healthy and organic options to meet any dietary needs.  Nearby camping is available as well as B & B options. Hotel accommodation can be recommended in Castlegar or surrounding area.

Course type: Intermediate Kayak

Duration:  2.5 Days (Fri Eve, Sat & Sun)

Start times: Friday 5pm-7pm Sat/Sun 9am - 5pm

Availability: TBA

Class of river:  II - III

$495 per person

Contact our booking staff for more information.