This weekend I decided to fork out the money and earn my Whitewater Rescue Technician certification. I had wanted to do the course for a while, but it was a three-day deal that usually ran during the week, which posed a few problems for those of us with rigid work schedules….
So when I found out Rescue 3 International
(through Esprit Rafting) was running a level 1 WRT certification over the long weekend, I jumped at the opportunity.
The course consisted of three days of ropes, knots, swimming and crossing whitewater, rescuing accident victims from moving water, freeing pinned canoes and kayaks, setting up mechanical advantage systems for freeing water craft, or setting up cross-river zip-lines, on-scene management and other basic rescue skills.
It was an intense weekend with pretty cool and rainy weather. The water in the river was still cold, however despite the miserable weather, we all had a great time learning and developing our skills, and the course was worth every penny!
If anyone is in a position where they teach whitewater sports, run more technical whitewater or even take less-skilled boaters down rivers, this course is imperative to ensure a safe and successful trip. I am now confident that I can take any of my friends or students out on the water and react quickly and effectively to any situation.
No pictures – I was too busy learning!