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Register on the RMPC website.


This two-day course is open to all renewing members who will receive a 50% reimbursement of the registration fee upon completion. Certification for this course is available for an additional fee of $60. This course is highly recommended for all Trip Coordinators. Rocky Mountain Paddling recommends taking both the Canoe Rescue and Swiftwater Courses, but if only one course is possible, the recommendation is to take the Canoe Rescue.

Course Description

River travel is inherently dangerous. Each paddler should have the knowledge and skills to respond to rescue situations.

Many paddlers spend years developing their paddling techniques; however, few take the time to build their river rescue skills.

We cover:

Safety, Equipment, Throwbag use, Swimming a rapid, Strong swimmer rescue, Tag line rescue, Foot entrapment, Releasing trapped boats. Certification is offered through Canoe Kayak Canada. The course fee includes instruction and group equipment. Participants are responsible for all their personal equipment. PFD, Helmet, Throwbag, river shoes. We recommend a wetsuit/dry top combination or a drysuit for the duration of the course as you will be spending lot’s of time in the water.