White Water Rescue for River Professionals

White Water Rescue for River Professionals

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White Water Rescue Technician

The WRT-REC course is for recreational paddlers who wish to have a rescue capability whilst paddling or in a whitewater environment with their peers, eg kayak club members, informal non-paying paddlers completing a river trip.

Course length

12 hours (2 days)

Course content includes

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • River hydrology and hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and group equipment
  • Pre-trip planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Incident size-up
  • Incident management and site control
  • Medical considerations
  • Night/poor visibility considerations
  • Search considerations
  • Communications
  • Whitewater swimming techniques
  • Strainer swim
  • Conditional rescues – throwbags
  • Shallow water techniques
  • People and equipment entrapments
  • True/contact rescues - untethered
  • True/contact rescues - tethered
  • Line crossing methods
  • Diagonals/zip lines
  • Flips and capsizes
  • Boat wraps
  • Victim/casualty management
  • Knots and anchor systems
  • Vector pulls
  • Introduction to mechanical advantage


  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (rafting, canoeing, canyoning, sea level traversing etc)
  • Minimum age: 18

Taught by

  • Whitewater Rescue Technician Instructor