River-School

Whitewater Rescue Technician

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The Whitewater Rescue Technician course is designed specifically for agencies that respond to river emergencies or work around moving water. Groups such as National Park, Forest Service, and Fish and Game have all chosen the Whitewater Rescue Technician course to prepare employees.

Course Length: 2.5 Days

  • Class begins at 9:00am sharp unless notified otherwise. There will be time for breaks, most people prefer to bring a lunch.

Course Price: $385

Course Dates:

  • May 29-31
  • June 12-14
  • June 26-28

Skills covered in the Whitewater Rescue Technician:

  • Hydrology and Reading Water
  • Medical Considerations
  • Evacuation Considerations
  • Safety Talks
  • Communications and Scene Management
  • Helicopter Familiarization
  • Incident Command System
  • Aggressive Swimming Techniques
  • Defensive Swimming Techniques
  • Strainer Swim and Self Rescue
  • Throwbag Training
  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Foot Entrapments
  • Body Entrapments
  • Contact Rescues
  • Live Bait Rescues
  • Bridge Based Rescues
  • Raft Flip Drills
  • Kayak Pins
  • Wrapped Boats
  • Rope Skills:
    • Rope Strengths & Construction
    • Anchor Building
    • Knots & Hitches
    • Mechanical Advantage
    • Tension Diagonal
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