- Pro Training
- Why Wet Planet
RRC-Pro Certification Provided by Sierra Rescue International Taking river rescue training for boaters to a new level, the 3-day River Rescue Certification for the Professional (RRC-Pro) is a fast-paced, scenario-based rescue course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This hands-on and physical course focuses on quick reaction time and thorough understanding of options and resources. The skills testing component will also emphasize knowing personal limits and skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills, and the ability to execute a rescue as part of a team at night. Students will receive internationally recognized certification through Sierra Rescue International.
Who this course is ideal for: This curriculum has been designed for individuals who spend a good portion of their lives on whitewater rivers in a professional capacity (specifically river guides and kayak instructors), or paddlers who already have a solid base of boating and basic rescue skills and are interested in working on the river in a professional capacity in the future. Private rafters and kayakers and other boaters should also consider the 2-day River Rescue Certification (RRC) course. Fire and SAR personnel should take the NFPA-compliant Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1) course. DWR, Fish and Game personnel, environmental consultants, fisheries biologists and other professionals who work around streams and rivers should also consider the Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT).
Higher pace and intensity of exercises: Everything in class will be designed to challenge folks who spend a good percentage of their time on the river. Scenario-based learning will challenge students with realistic rescue situations.
Addition of a night operation: It is important for river professionals on overnight trips to be able to respond in the dark. Understanding the challenges and how to organize for success is critical, as well as knowing what extra items need to be on hand. This nighttime scenario may be a search, a swim, or both. It will be up to the instructor based on the location of the course, the weather, and the river flows.
Addition of skills and performance evaluation: The objective here is to gain an assessment of a student’s ability to “perform” rescue skills. These include good access and assessment skills, as well as the ability to stabilize a scene and evacuate a patient. Emphasis is on both the actual skill-set and the student’s ability to know their strengths and weaknesses. This section will include swimming, self-rescue, throw bagging, basic rope skills, and the ability to operate as part of a team.
Addition of a task book: The addition of the task book allows for constant re-certification and continuing education. Through a variety of options, including online training, workshops, yearly 1-day updates and refreshers, students will be able to keep their skills up to date. This will be very clearly defined in the course and in the back of the workbook.
The RRC-Pro is the premiere river rescue course available specifically for professional river guides and kayak instructors!
The cost: $325 for certification by Sierra Rescue International. Lunch is not included, but feel free to bring your own. The Wet Planet Café will also provide an assortment of delicious hot or cold sandwiches and other tasty offerings, available for purchase.
Requirements: A solid foundation of paddling skills