Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT)

The Whitewater Rescue Technician - Professional (WRT-PRO) course is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, eg raft guides, safety kayakers. Recreational paddlers should take the WRT-REC course.


Course length:

3 days (18 hours) plus night exercise.


Course content includes:

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • River hydrology and hazards (advanced)
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and group equipment
  • Pre-trip planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Incident size-up
  • Incident management and site control
  • Medical considerations
  • Operating at night/ in poor visibility
  • Introduction to searching rivers
  • Communications
  • Whitewater swimming techniques (advanced)
  • Strainer swim
  • Conditional rescues – throwbags (advanced)
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Complex entrapments and cinches
  • True/contact rescues - untethered
  • True/contact rescues - tethered
  • Line crossing methods
  • Tensioned diagonals/zip lines
  • Flips, rights and crew/client recovery
  • Complex boat pins and wraps
  • Tethered boat techniques
  • Victim/casualty management
  • Knots and anchor systems
  • Vector pulls
  • Tensioning systems and mechanical advantage
  • Simple belay systems
  • Boat on a highline (optional)
  • Scenarios



  • Confident swimmer, with whitewater experience (eg raft guide, canoeing, kayaking, canyoning, etc)
  • Minimum age: 18


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Student manual PDF download:

WRT manual - English (en) 

WRT manual - French (fr) 

WRT manual - German (de)

WRT manual - Italian (it)


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