About Rescue Canada

Rescue Canada (RC) was founded in 1988 by Jim Lavalley. In its first year, Rescue Canada became the Canadian agent for Rescue 3 International’s Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) course developed by founder Jim Segerstrom. Throughout the 90’s Rescue Canada expanded the original SRT program across the country and adapted it to better fit the needs of the different sectors of the swiftwater industry.

Between 1992 – 1999 Rescue Canada was the first to formalized changes to the SRT course to specifically meet the needs of the Professional River Guide; it developed the Swiftwater Boat Operations and Technician courses for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Rescue Canada courses have become the standard for many Federal, Provincial and Municipal Departments as well as University College Institutions across Canada; developed a special course specifically for the U.S. Secret Service; and in 1999 Rescue Canada became an independent rescue training organization, after over 10 years as the primary agent  in Canada for Rescue 3 International.

Meet the Rescue Canada Team