River Rescue Certification Advanced
Duration: 3 days
Recommended Group Size: 12
River Rescue Certification Advanced is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, e.g. raft guides, safety kayakers.
Course Price: NPR 20,000 + 13% VAT


The natural progression for someone who has already had either the RRC, or another formal rescue based training. This starts where your first course left off! Very little of your original RRC training will be repeated. 

What to expect?

Students taking this course MUST meet the following general requirements:

– RRC or other formal Swiftwater Rescue Course completed within the last three years

– Defensive and aggressive swimming understanding and ability

– Competence and an understanding of:

—- swiftwater rescue access options including wading, swimming, live bait options

—- throw bag skills using both ends of the throw bag

—- rescue knots and hitches, including figure 8, water knot, munter hitch, butterfly and prussic

—-basic mechanical advantage including 3:1 and vector pulls

—- self-rescue techniques

—- rescue progressions including upstream spotters, downstream back-up, leader, rescuer, medic

—- LAST: Locate, Access, Stabilize, Transport

—- stabilization in entrapments including hands on stabilization and stabilization line

– Safe river travel including risk assessment and downriver travel safety

If you are wondering what skill set you should have before attending the ADV, check out http://www.rescueforriverrunners.com video series! It is fantastic and a great way to review anything you may be rusty on!


For the water:

Drysuit or Full Wetsuit! (Drysuits are always recommended because we

spend so much time getting in and out of the water and the weather is always variable). Drysuits can be rented from:

Pacific River Supply (510-223-3675) will ship you the drysuit by UPS and you only pay for the days you use it. We highly recommend this option as we have NEVER had any problems with PRS drysuits!!

PFD: Type 3 or Type 5 with whistle and knife (knife optional)

Helmet: Lightweight swiftwater or climbing helmet.

Footwear: Hard soled wetsuit booties or good shoes for walking in the river

and on the banks with wool socks and/or wetsuit socks

Wetsuit gloves ( optional)

Food and water: Lunch, snacks and water for each day!

Extra warm clothes

Any personal rescue gear that you currently have: Throw Bag, etc.

This is for you to have an opportunity to practice with your own gear.


DAY 1: AM:
Introductions and paperwork
Advanced Swimming and Throwbagging
Entrapment Rescues: Wading, Swimming, Throw bag techniques, Foot and Body Entrapment, Kayak Entrapment

Advanced Contact rescues: defensive, counter panic passengers Live-Bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques
Knots, Hitches, Anchors
Homework: Group tabletop scenarios

Day 2: AM:
Advanced Rope Work Debrief written homework,

Group Scenarios

Fill in the gaps
Paperwork completion and Graduation

The outline will evolve based on the focus of the participants. Our goal is to give you as much as you can handle in a couple days and still keep it fun and supportive. We will integrate many scenarios based on the swiftwater situations you may face as rafters or kayakers.

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions that you need answered before the class! Thanks for registering in this class and we look forward to seeing you on the river soon!


  • Current River Guide
  • Prior river experience
  • Must be a confident swimmer
  • Minimum age: 18

The course standards, learning outcomes and key teaching points are provided as pre- and post-course reference for people involved in the delivery of Rescue 3 courses (eg Rescue 3 training providers, instructors and students)

Groups welcome, start planning your courses today.

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