Whitewater Rescue Technician

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Hello from Rescue India!

Thanks so much for your interest in this Whitewater Rescue Technician Class. The WRT curriculum is specifically designed for Fisheries and Research workers, occupational workers in a water environment, and professional rescuers who need the best swiftwater training available! The course is very active in the water and is suitable for rescuers with no water rescue experience. The course also offers experienced rescuers the opportunity to develop their skills and push their personal limits on and off the water with realistic rescue scenarios, self-rescue challenges, and lots of hands-on interactive rescues and experiences. Thank you for your interest!

MEETING TIME AND PLACE! 9 AM SHARP: We will meet at (TBD) campsite for introductions and paperwork and then move to the river. We will be in the water all afternoon; so please properly prepare to be in the water starting on Day 1. Class times will be:

Day 1: 9 am to 5 pm

Day 2: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Day 3: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

WHAT TO BRING! 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)
  • Fins (optional)
  • Food and water: Lunch, snacks and water for each day!
  • Extra warm clothes

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. We will emphasize self rescue, throw bag rescue, entrapments, 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.


DAY 1:

  • Introductions and paperwork Introduction
  • DVD: Prevention, Equipment
  • Organization
  • Orientation to Swiftwater
  • Rescue Heads Up presentation


  • Swimming: defensive, aggressive, barrel rolls, accessing eddies
  • Throw bags: when, where, coils, belay, back-up, vector pull
  • Contact rescues: defensive, counter panic passengers
  • Live-Bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques

DAY 2:

  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Entrapment Rescues: Wading, Swimming, Throw bag techniques, Foot and Body Entrapment, Kayak Entrapment
  • Strainer drills


  • Contact Rescues and Live Bait continued
  • Raft handling and flip drills;
  • Rescue C-Spine rolls and parbuckling.

DAY 3: AM:

  • Knots, Hitches, Anchors
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Wrapped boats: rafts and kayaks: The real scoop on freeing them.


  • Zip Lines Scenarios Debrief written homework, test, paperwork completion
  • Fill in the gaps
  • 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 swiftwater situations you or your agency may face.

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


WRT/RRC course, Karnataka, India - July 2015