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Davidson, QC Whitewater Rescue Instructor Certification Training

The American Canoe Association (ACA) has developed one of the biggest and most progressive network of River Safety and Rescue Instructors in the world. This training, a first for Canada, is taught by R3’s founder and rescue expert Jim Coffey. Learning to be a Rescue Instructor under Jim’s mentorship provides candidates with a way to polish their own skills (Instructor Development Workshop-IDW) as well as become certified to teach (Instructor Certification Exam-ICE). Many groups (summer camps, kayak clubs) for example) invest to have outside instructors train their staff. Now, they can invest in their own staff to become proficient to train the rest of their staff. This is a fun, challenging and rewarding way to up your game in the river rescue world.

This 6 day course takes place over 8 days allowing candidates 2 days off to fine tune and hone their skills before their Instructor Certification Exam. If you are looking at breaking into the Professional River Rescue Instructor world, this is your place to start!

Prerequisites: WRT-A, R3-Pro, ACA Level 4 or equivalent.

What’s Included in your course

Instructor support material, successful candidates will receive ACA Level 4 River Safety and Rescue Instructor Certificate 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.

What to Bring

Students are required to provide their own personal protective equipment for the course: Water/kayak helmet, Type III-V whitewater approved lifejacket/PFD (with a tethered swimmer 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.

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


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


Option Options Details Amount
Accommodations Camping (bring your own tent)

Platform tent rental





Meals Breakfast


Ultimate BBQ




Equipment PFD (lifejacket)










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 and the American Canoe Association (ACA) Contact for more info.