Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational

The WRT-REC course is for recreational paddlers who wish to have a rescue capability whilst paddling or in a whitewater environment with their peers, eg kayak club members, informal non-paying paddlers completing a river trip.


Course length:

12 hours (2 days)


Course content includes:

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • River hydrology and hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and group equipment
  • River running considerations
  • Assessing risk
  • Managing an incident
  • Medical considerations
  • Night/poor visibility considerations
  • Communications
  • Strainer considerations
  • Whitewater swimming techniques
  • Conditional rescues – throwbags
  • Introduction to shallow water techniques
  • Foot/body entrapments
  • Introduction to knots and anchor systems
  • Introduction to mechanical advantage
  • Tethered rescues
  • Line crossing methods
  • Handheld diagonals/zip lines
  • Simple boat wraps/pins
  • Victim/casualty management
  • Scenarios



  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (rafting, canoeing, canyoning, sea level traversing 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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