River and Rescue Courses and Certifications

We love sharing our passion for river running with other paddlers and river enthusiasts. Taking advantage of the wide range of river experience among our team of guides and instructors, we offer skills training and essential certifying courses for recreational paddlers looking to improve their skills and knowledge on the river, industry professionals working as raft guides or kayak instructors, and other professionals and agency personnel needing river rescue certifications.

River Rescue Courses

Taking river rescue training for boaters to a new level, Wet Planet provides fast-paced, scenario-based rescue courses designed to develop the ability to choose appropriate actions when a river rescue is necessary. For kayakers, rafters, and river guides, we offer the River Rescue Certification and River Rescue Certification – Pro courses, with certification through Sierra Rescue International. For Search and Rescue professionals and agency personnel needing river rescue training, we offer the Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Whitewater Rescue Technician courses, with certification through Rescue 3 International.

Paddle Raft and Rowing Guide School

Our paddle raft and rowing school courses are designed for anyone looking to develop a solid foundation in river travel – those who wish to seek employment in the river industry and those who want to learn the skills needed to captain/guide their own raft on private trips. The Wet Planet Rowing and Paddle Raft Guide School includes a 4-day Owyhee River multi-day raft trip as a part of the curriculum! Students will learn the logistics of overnight raft trips while practicing their rowing and guiding skills while traveling through the Owyhee River canyon. On the Main Salmon Multi-Day Rowing School, students will learn the logistics of overnight raft trips while developing their rowing and guiding skills during a 6-day wilderness river adventure.

ACA Kayak Instructor Courses

The ACA Kayak Instructor Course is for whitewater kayakers interested in working as professional kayak instructors or simply developing proficiency in kayak teaching techniques. This instructor training course leads to certification as a whitewater kayak instructor by the American Canoe Association. The course combines on-water demonstrations and presentations in various environments with discussion sessions on teaching methodology, skill development, and peer feedback.

Wilderness First Responder Medical Training

The Wilderness First Responder course is designed for outdoor professionals and enthusiasts. It is the industry standard for most wilderness guide services and environmental education programs. The course focuses on developing skills for treating medical problems and injuries in a wilderness setting outside of the “golden hour” of first response, under extreme conditions with limited equipment.

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  • A student on a river rescue course throws a rope to a swimmer in the middle of the river.

    A hands-on, scenario-based rescue course designed specifically for whitewater boaters to help students develop the ability to choose appropriate actions when a river rescue becomes necessary.


    2 days April - Sept
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      Requirements: No rescue experience required; must have whitewater boating experience

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      Certification: RRC certification through Sierra Rescue International

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    $300

    This fast-paced course emphasizes on-river scenarios to help students develop the ability to choose appropriate actions when a river rescue becomes necessary. We focus on quick, efficient, low-tech rescue techniques that utilize the basic gear you’ll carry on the river in your boat. Focusing on rescue scenarios you will likely encounter while paddling, students will practice rescue techniques through various on-river scenarios.

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  • A student on a river rescue course RRC Pro jumps into the water to rescue an instructor during a rescue simulation.

    The 2-day River Rescue Certification for the Professional (RRC-Pro) is a fast-paced, scenario-based rescue course designed to develop the ability to choose appropriate actions when a river rescue is necessary.


    2 Days April - Sept
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      Requirements: Must have previously taken a river rescue course

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      Certification: RRC-Pro certification through Sierra Rescue International

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    $300

    Designed for river professionals and those who have already taken a river rescue course, the 2-day RRC-Pro is a fast-paced, scenario-based rescue course designed to develop the ability to respond quickly when a river rescue is necessary. Students will receive internationally recognized certification through Sierra Rescue International.

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  • A student on a swiftwater river rescue course practices a contact swimmer rescue drill while being belayed from shore.

    This NFPA-compliant Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRT-1) course is designed specifically for Fire and SAR personnel.


    3 Days April - Sept
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      Requirements: No rescue experience required; must be competent swimmer

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      Certification: SRT-1 certification through Rescue3 International

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    $485

    The SRT-1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of rescue in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students learn about hydrology and river classifications, scene size-up, site control, and scene management. Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming, and the fundamentals of shore, boat, and in-water rescues.

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  • A student holds onto a victim in the river while using a tension diagonal system to cross the river on river rescue course.

    This river rescue course is designed specifically for DWR, Fish and Game personnel, environmental consultants, fisheries biologists and other professionals who work around streams and rivers.


    3 Days April - Sept
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      Requirements: No rescue experience required; must be a competent swimmer

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      Certification: WRT certification through Rescue3 International

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    $405

    This course is designed specifically for people who work on or around rivers. DWR, Fish and Game personnel, environmental consultants, fisheries biologists, and other professionals who work around streams and rivers will find this course perfect for their river rescue training needs.

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  • A student rows a gear raft on the Owyhee river in Oregon during a river raft guide school.

    Our 8-day Paddle Raft and Rowing School is a stellar way to learn how to paddle guide and row whitewater with our professional guides.


    8 Days April
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      Ages: 18+

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      Difficulty: No prior experience needed; Just good health and a positive attitude

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      Includes: All meals and group camping gear during the multi-day section

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    $1,695

    Our 8-day Paddle Raft and Rowing School is a stellar way to learn how to paddle guide and row whitewater with our professional guides. You’ll develop a foundation of rafting and river travel skills that will enable you to lead and organize a successful multi-day river trip and have a blast taking friends, family, and guests down your local runs. The course structure is two weekends of paddle rafting, followed by a 4-day overnight trip.

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  • An instructor stands in the water and holds a student practicing a kayak roll during an ACA kayak instructor course.

    A hands-on, dynamic, 5-day kayak instructor certification course through the American Canoe Association.


    5 Days April
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      Ages: 18+

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      Difficulty: Class III Kayaking Skills Required

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      Certification: Whitewater kayak instructor certification through the American Canoe Association

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    $625

    The ACA Kayak Instructor Course is for whitewater kayakers interested in working as professional kayak instructors or simply developing proficiency in kayak teaching techniques. This instructor training course leads to certification as a whitewater kayak instructor by the American Canoe Association.

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  • Students on a wilderness first responder course hold a patient's head stable while he is being strapped to a backboard.

    Located one hour from Portland, Oregon, this course location is perfect for anyone looking for a WFR course in Washington or Oregon.


    8 Days Inquire for Dates
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      Includes: Instruction, patient SOAP notes, case studies, textbook/field manual, all lab materials, and all medical supplies

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      Certification: WFR certification through Sierra Rescue International

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    Price: Full Course: $750 / Recert: $345

    Located one hour from Portland, Oregon, this course location is perfect for anyone looking for a WFR course in Washington or Oregon. The Wilderness First Responder course is designed with outdoor professionals and outdoor enthusiasts in mind. It has become the industry standard for most wilderness guide services and environmental education programs. It focuses on developing skills for treating medical problems and injuries in a wilderness setting outside of the “golden hour” of first response, under extreme conditions with limited equipment.

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