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Whitewater Rescue Training

Boreal River Rescue delivers the best whitewater and swiftwater rescue training courses for river guides, paddling instructors, boaters, field workers, and rescue professionals.

Our programs are intensive, hands-on, and well run.  The curriculum is constantly updated to stay relevant and useful.  Courses include a combination of skill practice, rescue simulations, discussions, and practical reviews.

Boreal River Rescue instructors have been setting the standard in whitewater and swiftwater rescue training internationally for over a decade.  We have experience performing rescues and teaching whitewater skills in a range of river environments, from instructing paddlers on wilderness river trips, to teaching firefighters in urban flood-canals, to training raft guides on jungle rivers.   Our instructors are highly experienced, professional, and fun.

Register for a Course

Pick the course that’s right for you, then choose a date and location from the list of ‘upcoming courses’ that is found on each course page and follow the registration instructions for your specific program. You can also call us anytime at 1-866-242-9383 or e-mail for more information.

Organize a course for your company, club, group, or school

Hold a Boreal River Rescue course at your location.  We provide the instructors, equipment, and a great course.  You organize the group.  This can be for your own staff team or group members or open to the public.  We’ll work with you to make sure that the course runs smoothly and we’ll help you spread the word.  Call 1-866-242-9383 or e-mail to get started.  

Courses for River Runners 

Whitewater Rescue (WWR) – two days (levels I & II)
The Whitewater Rescue (WWR) course is a fun and full two days of learning and practice in and around the river.  Get a foundation of rescue skills and knowledge so that you can work and play safely around whitewater.  Read More…

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) – four days (levels I, II & III)
The international standard for river guides, whitewater instructors, advanced boaters, and rescue technicians.  On this intensive and hands-on course you will practice and perfect rescue skills in a variety of whitewater environments.  Read More…

Whitewater Rescue Technician – Bridge – two days (level III)
This is for graduates of Whitewater Rescue (WWR) courses who wish to upgrade their skills and certification to the Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) level.   To enroll you must have a current WWR certification or equivalent whitewater or swiftwater rescue certification from another provider such as the American Canoe Association, Rescue Canada, Rescue for River Runners, or Rescue 3 International.  Read More…

Whitewater Rescue Technician Recertification – two days (level III)
The two-day WRT-Recert is for those with current WRT certification from Boreal River Rescue or an equivalent certification from another provider such as R3-pro from Rescue for River Runners or Swiftwater Rescue Technician – Level 1(SRT-1) from Rescue 3 International, Rescue Canada, or the American Canoe Association.   Read More…

Costa Rica – Whitewater Rescue Technician – October 8 – 12 - $845
Get swiftwater rescue skills and international certification on Costa Rica’s Pacuare River. Enjoy training in warm, turquoise water surrounded by rain forest. Rejuvenate during your stay at the riverside camp amidst tropical nature.  Read more…

For Emergency Responders

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) – five days (levels I, II, & III)
This comprehensive course is for emergency response personnel. The training takes search and rescue (SAR) technicians, firefighters, and first responders from the basics of swiftwater safety to advanced rescues for river and flood incidents. Read more…

For Field Services 

Swiftwater Rescue for Field Services (SWR) – two days (levels I & II)
This course is for field service staff who work on and around rivers. This includes natural resource, fisheries, scientific research, hydro, and industry personnel. The hands-on training gives individuals and teams the abilities, understanding, and confidence to work safely and make good decisions around rivers. Read more…

Wilderness Medical Courses

Join Boreal River Rescue and Wilderness Medical Associates International for best medical training for anyone working or playing in remote or extreme environments. From introductory Wilderness First Aid classes to the eighty-hour Wilderness First Responder program for professionals. Read more…

Course Comparison Chart


Whitewater Rescue – WWR (Level II) – 2 days Whitewater Rescue Technician – WRT (Level III) – 4 days

Equivalent courses

• River Safety and Rescue

• Swiftwater Rescue Operations – Rescue3

• Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Operations – Rescue Canada

• Rescue for River Runners Recreational – Rescue3

• Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) – Rescue3

• Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician Standard – Rescue Canada

• Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech ACA

• Rescue for River Runners Professional (r3pro) – Rescue3