Swiftwater Rescue

Swiftwater Rescue Certification

A DYNAMIC water rescue course! Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others. Thinking through rescues is also emphasized. 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. The two day format makes the course more affordable and accessible. The course addresses the river rescue needs of canyoneers, rafters, boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboats and SUP paddlers.

Class times will be:

July 16 & 17 in Laughlin, NV

Day 1: 8 am to 6 pm
Day 2: 8 am to 6 pm

Cost $295.00

Deposit required $100

Payment Options

Must attend all days to complete course and receive certificate of completion.

Minimum of 8 needed to hold course.

For the water:
• Drysuit or Full Wetsuit! (Drysuits are always recommended because we spend
so much time getting in and out of the water and the weather is always variable)
• PFD: Type 3 or Type 5 with whistle and knife (knife optional)
• Helmet: Lightweight swiftwater or climbing helmet.
• Footwear: Hard soled wetsuit booties or good shoes for walking in the river
and on the banks with wool socks and/or wetsuit socks
• Wetsuit gloves ( optional)
• Food and water: Lunch, snacks and water for each day!
• Extra warm clothes

Please plan on very active days and homework at night. We integrate the classroom materials throughout the course and you will be in the water a lot during the class. We will make the course as much scenario and case study based as possible. We will emphasize self rescue, throw bag rescue, entrapment’s, thinking through a rescue, simple rope tricks and rescue techniques that have been tested and proven successful in real rescues. Please feel free to let us know what is most important to you as we go through the training and we will make it as relevant as possible to your whitewater interest.

In addition to the equipment listed above, students should expect and prepare for the elements with adequate dry, warm clothing; and food and beverages emphasizing sugars and carbohydrates. This is a dynamic and engaging curriculum and will require a full two-day commitment with homework at night. Students need to have a pen, pencil and may want a notebook for further notes.

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.

This class meets all requirements for the ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Certification.

Upon completion, each student will receive a River Rescue Certification through Rescue 3 International. This certification is valid for 3 years and is recognized world-wide. Students will receive a discount on re-certifying prior to the expiration of their cert.


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