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Whitewater Rescue Technician - Level 1

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Whitewater Rescue Technician
Level 1

This course is designed specifically for professional guides, private boaters, canoe trippers and others who work or play around moving water. You will learn to use techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues. Presented in a three-day format, this course focuses on realistic problems that you may face. The emphasis is on fast, low-tech and improvised rescue techniques that are effective and require minimal equipment. You will be taught to understand whitewater dynamics, handle swiftwater hazards and obstacles, effectively use throwbags, control in-water contact rescues, set up simple rope systems, successfully extricate pinned/wrapped boats, utilize basic rescue equipment and much more. The course builds the necessary skill and confidence for you to perform safe and effective rescues. Prerequisites: None


  Availability & Costs 2013
 May 14-16  MKC - Register here $435.00
 May 19-21  Esprit $435.00
 May 23-25  Boundless Adventures - Register here $435.00
 May 26-28  Leaders of The Day (Magnetawan)
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 Aug. 4-6  MKC - Register here $435.00
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Recertification Note: Recertification candidates save 25% off of regular tuition fee!
Proof of current Rescue 3 certification required.

Contract Courses Available Upon Request Contract Courses Available Upon Request


Esprit is a world renown leader, innovator and provider of water rescue training for the commercial and recreational whitewater industries. All courses are offered by Esprit in association with Raven Rescue Ltd. and Rescue 3 International. Contact jim@whitewater.ca for more info.


Raven Rescue Ltd.

For additional information about other Rescue 3 courses in other parts of Canada (ice, flood and vertical rescue) please contact Raven Rescue Ltd. at www.ravenrescue.com or


What's included with your course

WRT 1 course manual and a certificate upon completion of the course. Students are required to bring or rent their own personal safety equipment (helmet, PFD, river clothing/shoes). Meals and accommodation are not included in the course cost; please contact the host site for options and pricing. See below for meal/accommodation options for courses held at Esprit.

Optional Add-ons

Customize your WRT 1 Course with Esprit by adding any of
the following options:

Camping (bring your own tent)
Cabin Tent Rental
Ultimate BBQ
PFD (lifejacket)
Half Wetsuit
Full Wetsuit

What you should bring for your course

Students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment for the course: Water/kayak helmet, Type III-V whitewater approved lifejacket/PFD (preferably with a live-bait harness but not necessary), thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes (footwear should be a combination of sturdy with grip for moving quickly on slippery rocks plus lightweight and quick draining for swimming), gloves, drytop/drysuit/wetsuit (wetsuits available for rent), polypropylene/synthetic long sleeve shirt & tights/leggings, insulating layers, swimsuit, quick dry shorts, sunscreen, towel, bag to carry wet clothing to and from river, dryland clothing, personal effects, as well as tent, headlamp/flashlight & sleeping bag if camping.