Course Description

This intensive 24 hour course is designed for the rescue professional looking for a complete understanding of how to maneuver a raft or cataraft through class III+ whitewater.   Whether a novice to boat operations or a seasoned professional, this course has something to offer everyone.  The course will focus on personal safety, reading water, and group leadership.  Participants will walk away from the course with a knowledge of their own strengths and weaknesses and a fundamental understanding of the dynamics of boat operations.

Topics Covered:

  • Hydrology
  • Self-rescue
  • Boat rigging
  • Paddle boat commands
  • Oar Frame use
  • Recovering flipped rafts
  • Unpinning Boats

Included in the Course:

  • Swiftwater Rescue text by Cody Harris and Mike Johnston
  • Access to WRI online rescue resources and materials
  • Course completion certificate
  • Patch
  • Sticker


Because of the risk inherent in any whitewater or river activity, we want to make sure you are aware of these risks and acknowledge them prior to the class.  Simply put, we cannot guarantee your safety. If a river rescue or safety class is to be effective and give students whitewater experience and hands-on training, it is not going to be safe. In order for our instructors to provide realistic training with challenges that simulate actual rescue conditions, we recognize there is always the chance that someone is going to get injured. We may be walking along slippery rocky shorelines, swimming in cold whitewater, and working with ropes and rescue equipment in very realistic scenarios. All of this involves risk, and we will try our best to manage risk in a way that creates a balance between the risk students are exposed to and the levels of challenge presented during the training.

To receive a WRI certification from this class you will be expected to demonstrate the ability to perform some specific skills we cover in the course, such as defensive and aggressive swimming, throwbagging, live bait, z-drags, etc.  You may be asked to perform these skills in test stations or drills, or you may be asked to perform them in scenarios.

We encourage you to talk with our staff if you have any questions concerning safety.  We are proud of our safety record and know that our instructors do not achieve this alone, it takes the help of our students.

  • Course Length:24 hours
  • Certification Received:
    • Paddle/Oar Boat Operation
  • Cost:Call for Pricing

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