Course Description

This swiftwater rescue course is designed for the river professional who is looking to boost his/her rescue skills.  While the primary focus of the Technician course is to provide students with the basic skills of self-rescue and the fundamentals of swiftwater rescue, the Advanced Technician course will give the Technician practical tools to quickly size-up a scene and conduct a contact rescue with a better understanding of his/her own limits.  The course is compliant to the N.F.P.A. standards 1006 and 1670.  The skills developed in the Technician course will be reviewed and expanded upon.  Students will be expected to swim in this course.


  • 1 Recertification of WRI: Technician (no less than 3 yrs experience)
  • Documented river use (trainings, rescues, river miles)
  • Good physical health and swimming ability
  • 18 years old

Topics Covered:

  • Single Rescuer Strategies
  • Patient packaging/transport
  • Entrapment/Extrication
  • Stranded swimmers
  • Class IV and V rescues
  • Telfer Lowers
  • Highline Tyroleans
  • Search skills

Included in the Course:

  • Advanced Swiftwater Rescue: Leadership on the River text by Cody Harris and Mike Johnston
  • Access to WRI online rescue resources and materials
  • Certification I.D. Card
  • 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 swiftwater rescue 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:
    • Advanced Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician - 3 yrs
  • Cost:$ 425.00

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