Swiftwater Rescue with The River Company

Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech


JUNE 4 - 6 2024
Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech
$345 ADULT


  • 18 years of age
  • Adequate health insurance coverage
  • Basic swimming ability and in good physical condition
  • Type III or V Life Jacket and whitewater gear

Required Equipment needed:

  • Helmet
  • Type III or Type V River PFD (Type V Rescue PFD with releasable harness preferred)
  • Drysuit or Wetsuit plus insulating layers
    • This is critical protection against thermal challenges and rock encounters
    • We will be swimming much more than most folks are used to
    • Anticipate prolonged exposure to water. Dress for water temperature, not air temperature
    • The more comfortable you are the more effective your training will be
    • Don’t make the common mistake of showing up ill-equipped
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Gloves and Skull cap are optional but helpful in cold water
  • Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with
  • All necessary meals, snacks, and water. Consider a thermos with hot drink
  • Pen and small notebook for taking notes

THIS COURSE HAS IT ALL: This course is aimed at Professional Rescuers: Whitewater Guides, Trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Themes of this dynamic course revolve around recognition of hazards, critical judgment, and rescue awareness. Emphasis is placed heavily on self-rescue techniques and approaching rescue scenarios simply and safely. Apply new and refined skills in mock-rescue scenarios using a minimal amount of gear. These scenarios create an opportunity for participants to practice skills individually and with a team context. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience. Topics covered include extricating pins, using rescue vests, managing strainers, dealing with entrapment, and proficient swimming skills. This course is delivered by American Canoe Association certified instructors and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the ACA in Swiftwater Rescue: Level 5.

  • Hydrology and utilizing existing water dynamics.
  • Identifying hazards and managing them effectively.
  • Executing shallow water crossings utilizing various techniques.
  • Self-rescue: swimming whitewater and maneuvering to negotiate river hazards and obstacles.
  • Approaching Contact Rescues and Live-Bait Rescue considerations.
  • Rescuing and extricating a patient from the water.
  • Handling small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on a tether.
  • Understanding rescue team organization, responsibilities of law-enforcement, and on-scene leadership.
  • Utilizing rescue equipment to set up technical rope systems.

You may cancel your reservation up until 2 weeks before your class and receive a refund, minus a handling charge of 10% of the total trip cost. Later cancellations will not receive refunds. We reserve the right to cancel trips based on trip size or unforeseen conditions.