Whitewater Rescue Technician Professional (WRTP)
Duration: 3 days
Recommended Group Size: 12
The Whitewater Rescue Technician Professional (WRTP) is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, e.g. raft guides, safety kayakers.
Course Price: N/A


The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional course is designed for professional river users, eg raft guides, safety kayakers, with existing river experience, to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river situations. Recreational paddlers should take the Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational (WRT-REC) course.

Course Dates and Location
14-29th September 2023
2024 March - May September - November

Course content includes

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • Best practice guidelines
  • River hydrology and hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and group equipment
  • River running considerations
  • Assessing risk
  • Managing an incident
  • Medical considerations
  • Night/poor visibility considerations
  • Introduction to searching rivers
  • Communications
  • Whitewater swimming techniques
  • Strainer swim
  • Conditional rescues – throw bags
  • Shallow water techniques
  • Foot/body entrapments
  • Knots and anchor systems
  • Tensioning systems and mechanical advantage
  • Tethered rescues
  • Line crossing methods
  • Tensioned diagonals/zip lines
  • Boat pins and wraps
  • Tethered boat techniques
  • Victim/casualty management
  • Belay systems
  • Scenarios
  • Flips, rights and crew/client recovery (if used by agency)
  • Boat on a highline (if used by agency)


  • 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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