River Rescue Certification - Professionals

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Namaste from Rescue India!

Thank you for your interest in the RRC-PRO (River Rescue Certification - Professionals) course. This internationally recognized certification was written for Professional BOATERS, by Professional BOATERS. It is a fast paced, scenario based course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This curriculum is for river guides and kayakers that spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity, and therefore have a solid base of boating and basic rescue skills already. The energetic and physical curriculum will be challenging and focused on quick reaction time with a thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills testing component will emphasize knowing your own limits, skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills and the ability to execute a rescue as part of a team. The challenges of responding at night are highlighted in the night operation. The task book at the end details easy ways to keep your certification current with continuing education and testing day options. This three day, intensive, and comprehensive course takes professional certification for the professional boater to a whole new level. Upon successfully completion of this course the participants will receive a Rescue 3 International certificate. This is valid for 3 years. 

Class times will be:

Day 1: 8 am to 6 pm

Day 2: 8 am to 4:30 pm & Night Ops: 7:30pm - ?

Day 3: 8 am to 5 pm


For the water:

  • Drysuit or Full Wetsuit (Drysuits are always recommended because we spend a lot of time in the water and the weather can vary along with the water temperature)
  • PFD: Type 3 or Type 5 with whistle and knife
  • Helmet: Lightweight swift water 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
  • Personal throw bag: Bring the bag you use on the river
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Wetsuit gloves (optional)
  • Food and water: Lunch, snacks and water for each day
  • Any other river gear/ rescue gear you normally boat with: This course encourages folks to bring the tools they boat with. If you bring it boating, bring it to the class!
  • Kayak and paddle (optional): Please bring if you are a kayaker
  • Pulleys, prusik, webbing (optional): Again, please bring the gear you use on the river.
Full emersion:

Please plan on very active days and homework at night. We integrate the classroom stuff throughout the course and you will be in the water the first afternoon. The class will be as much scenario and case study based as possible. The course will be in both Hindi and English.  

We will emphasize:

• Using basic access skills such as boating, wading, swimming and throw bagging

• Identifying hazards and trying to prevent accidents from ever happening

• Carrying basic safety and rescue gear, and being competent in its use

• Knowing basic rope rescue skills for use in access, gear retrieval, etc.

• Understanding basic search components

• Improving awareness of safety skills in the advanced river environment

• Developing and practicing advanced rescue techniques

• Understanding and practicing structure in advanced emergency situations

• Understanding your own strengths and weaknesses and performing a basic skills test

*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.*

Overall basic outline of the days:

Day 1:

  • Introductions and paperwork
  • A new way of thinking about rescue
  • Understanding: LAST: Locate, Access, Stabilize and Transport Review of skills and options:
  • Advanced swimming; aggressive, defensive, barrel roll, swiftwater entry
  • Advanced throw bagging; rope management, decision making, etc.
  • Rescue jacket uses and self rescue; live bait, kayaker extraction, etc.River rescue scenarios with hands on practice.
  • Wading and hands on stabilization.

Day 2:

  • Knots, Hitches, Anchors Review; what you need to know
  • Advanced principles of ropes in river rescue
  • Application of simple principles in effective ways
  • Paddling onto the scene – organization and priorities of the rescue
  • Kayaker, rafter, cats, etc approach
  • Retrieval of people and gear
  • Effective search
  • Evacuation and decision-making process in the river rescue
  • Procedures for extrication/ evacuation
  • Advanced pin/ rescue scenarios Night Ops: 7pm - ?

It is important for river professionals to be able to respond in the dark. Understanding the challenges, and how to organize for success is critical, as well as knowing what extra items need to be on hand. This evaluation may be a search, a swim, or both. It will be up to the Instructor based on the location of the course, the weather, and the river flows.

Day 3:

Skills Testing – The objective is to gain an assessment of your ability to actually “perform” rescue skills. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

• Good access and assessment skills

• Ability to stabilize a scene

• Evacuate a patient

• Swimming, Self rescue into a boat

• Throw bagging, basic rope skills

• Ability to operate as part of a team

• Knots, Anchors, Raft flip drills, Safety Talk

The skills testing will involve pass/fail components. Documentation will be kept in a task book at the end of the RRC workbook. Continuing education options, workshops, and keeping the certification current will also be documented in the task book section of the workbook. An RRC-PRO certificate will be issued once the student has passed the skills testing segment. The outline will evolve based on the focus of the participants. Our goal is to give you as much as you can handle in a few days and still keep it fun and supportive. We will Integrate many scenarios based on the situations you may face as river professionals.

Where to stay: For Camping

You may camp with us on a beach camp on the (TBD).

What to bring?
  • Tent, sleeping bag, mattress etc.
  • Warm/rain clothes
  • Personal items
  • Head lamp/flash light

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions that you need answered before the class! Thanks for your interest in this class and we look forward to seeing you on the river soon!

Thank you!

Bhupendra Singh Rana (Bhupi)

Owner, Rescue India