Whitewater & Swiftwater Rescue Courses

Hands-on training

Join a course to:

  • Build your skills, knowledge, and confidence through hands-on practice
  • Train to perform effective rescues with minimal resources
  • Gain international certification that is valid for 3 years



"This course was so much more comprehensive and hands-on than my previous swiftwater rescue training. There was more practice and simulations. Awesome! Well done!"

- Rik Orr, Elaho River raft guide

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) student 2013 & WRT-Recert 2016
Squamish, BC, Canada

Get professional instruction and certification at your location or bring your group to us. Our instructors customize the instruction to meet your goals and needs. 

Visit our group training page to find out more.


Boreal River Rescue Course: Whitewater Rescue (WWR) Level II 

Equivalent courses 

  • River Safety and Rescue
  • Swiftwater Rescue Operations - Rescue 3 International
  • Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Operations - Rescue Canada
  • Rescue for River Runners 1 - (r3rec)


Boreal River Rescue course:  Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) Level III 

Equivalent courses

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) - Rescue 3 International
  • Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician Standard - Rescue Canada
  • Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Tech - American Canoe Association
  • Rescue for River Runners Professional (r3pro) 

Combine your whitewater rescue course with a wilderness medicine course to ensure you’re prepared for any situation. 

From our introductory Wilderness First Aid course to our 5 or 8-day Wilderness First Responder program, our courses are intensive, hands-on and engaging.

See all Wilderness Medicine Courses


All the info you need in your back PFD pocket

Available in EnglishFrench, and Spanish.

The Whitewater Rescue Field Guide is a useful tool that's easy to bring along when you’re on the water. The 100% waterproof and tear-proof manual folds up to fit into your PFD pocket. 

Boreal River Field Guide - English.jpeg

Written by our rescue instructors, it provides useful information, diagrams, and reminders on:

  • Knots
  • Anchors
  • Mechanical advantage systems
  • Kayak pins
  • Raft, kayak, and canoe wraps
  • Throw bags
  • Live bait rescue
  • Foot entrapment
  • Whitewater swimming & swift water entries
  • Shallow water crossing techniques
  • Drowning
  • Hypothermia
  • Communications
  • Emergency call
  • Equipment checklist
  • Rescue scene management

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Find an upcoming course: course calendar

2-day Whitewater Rescue (WWR) Levels I & II

4-day Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) Levels I, II & III

2-day WRT-Bridge Level III (upgrade from WWR to WRT)

2-day WRT-Recert Level III (for those with current technician-level certification)