Swiftwater Rescue Training

In these courses, you’ll learn how the river works, and how to recognize hazards and mitigate them.


You’ll learn safety techniques for how to operate around and in the river. As well we offer training in self-rescue (if you fall in), companion rescue (if your partner falls in), and subject rescue (improvised and organized rescue response).


This course is for emergency responders, industry workers, tourism guides, and the public.

Swiftwater rescue training benefits:

  • Learning how to survive in the Swiftwater
  • Knowledge of how the river works and how to use it
  • Learning how to assess risk
  • Learning how to save others
  • Meets/Exceeds worksafe/employer requirements
  • Learning how to use the right equipment

Required equipment:

  • Water type boot
  • Food/water for the day(s)
  • Thermal wear for under the drysuit
  • Drysuit/Wetsuit
  • PFD
  • Approved helmet


(Equipment can be rented from Rescue Canada)

Certifications upon completion:

  • Every course is certified through the IRIA
  • Online awareness course (Valid for 1 Year)
  • Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician 1-4 (Valid for 3 Years)

Course Levels:

Courses offered:

Courses vary depending on river environments, tasks, and responsibilities. All course have the same core fundamentals of hazard assessment and personal safety.


The courses are also designed specifically for the “zone” you operate in. From the Cold zone (away from the river) to the Hot Zone (actively swimming or working in the water).


If you send workers into the swiftwater environment or you yourself have a responsibility to respond to the swiftwater there is a course for you.

Swiftwater Safety Rescue Awareness | $100

This online awareness course is the first step in your safety and rescue training. This comprehensive course covers topics of how the river works, basic equipment needs, safety and rescue applications and more.  


This is a self paced online course that takes up to 4 hrs to complete and is the prerequisite for the Swiftwater Safety Rescue Courses.

Level 1 – Safety | $250

This is the first practical course in the swiftwater environment which is geared for the student to understand and avoid the hazards associated in the swiftwater.  


The students experience how to mitigate hazards and develop personal safety skills in a practical river environment. This course is designed for those that would work up to the river’s edge.

Level 2 – Operations | $400

The industry standard for Occupational workers and Resource Management and the start for many Emergency Responders is the SSRT Level 2 – Operations course.  


This course is designed to give the student the practical knowledge and skills to operate safely in a low risk and shore based environment.  Basic safety and self rescue, entrapments, swimming, wading, and the simple systems are all performed in this course.

Level 3 – Technician | $500

Need to perform in water rescues or work in medium to high risk environment, then this is your course.  Working from simple to complex systems and focusing on third party rescues are all performed beyond the skills previously taught in the other courses.  


Swimming in Class 2-3 whitewater, contact rescues and scenarios are the focus of this training course.

Level 4 – Advanced | $615

All previous performed skills are put to the test along with the introduction of high risk and complex systems and scenarios.  


Canyons, Class 4 whitewater, flooding, Swiftwater Ropes and vehicles are introduced in this intense course.  We focus on building Team Leadership and advanced problem solving.