2 Days

The R3-Rec (also known as RRC) course is designed as an introduction to river rescue for professional guides, private boaters, canoe trippers and others who work or play around moving water. You will learn to use techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues securely and effectively. Presented in a new 2-day format, this course focuses on realistic problems that you may face. The emphasis is on teaching fast, effective low-tech and improvised rescue techniques that require minimal equipment. You will be taught to understand whitewater dynamics, handle swiftwater hazards and obstacles, effectively use throwbags, control in-water contact rescues, set up simple rope systems, successfully extricate pinned/wrapped boats, utilize basic rescue equipment and much more. The course builds the necessary skill and confidence for you to perform safe and effective rescues. Prerequisites: None

Availability & Costs

May 13/14, June 15/16, July 13/14, Aug. 15/16 2019$300.00 plus applicable taxes

Recertification Note: There is no recommended recertification for this course. It is recommended to upgrade to R3-Pro within 3 years.

Contract Courses Available Upon Request

Esprit is a world renown leader, innovator and provider of water rescue training for the commercial and recreational whitewater industries. All courses are offered by Esprit in association with Sierra Rescue International, the American Canoe Association (ACA)  and ITRA (International Technical Rescue Association) Contact jim@whitewater.ca for more info.

 What’s included with your course

Course manual or Field Guide, an Internationally Recognized Sierra Rescue International Certification as well as a Certificate of Completion for Level 3 River Safety and Rescue from The American Canoe Association upon completion of the course.

Students are required to bring or rent their own personal safety equipment (helmet, PFD, river clothing/shoes). Meals and accommodation are not included in the course cost; please contact the host site for options and pricing. See below for meal/accommodation options for courses held at Esprit.

Customize your Rescue Course with Esprit by adding any of the following options:

Optional Add-ons

OptionsOptions DetailsAmount
Accommodation:Camping(bring your own tent)$15.00/night
Platform Tent Rental$30.00/night
Ultimate BBQ$25.00
Equipment:PFD (lifejacket)$5.00/day

What you should bring for your course

Students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment for the course: Water/kayak helmet, Type III-V whitewater approved lifejacket/PFD (preferably with a tethered swimmer bait harness), thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes (footwear should be a combination of sturdy with grip for moving quickly on slippery rocks plus lightweight and quick draining for swimming), gloves, drytop/drysuit/wetsuit (wetsuits/drysuits available for rent), polypropylene/synthetic long sleeve shirt & tights/leggings, insulating layers, swimsuit, quick dry shorts, sunscreen, towel, bag to carry wet clothing to and from river, dryland clothing, personal effects, as well as tent, headlamp/flashlight & sleeping bag if camping.


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