River Rescue Training By Professional River Rescue Instructors

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 good actions when a river rescue is necessary. Students will receive internationally recognized certification through either Rescue 3 International or Sierra Rescue International (depending on the course) for all Wet Planet courses.

We provide various courses to meet the specific needs of varying river users, from kayakers just learning the sport, to professional river guides, to agency search and rescue and fire personnel.

River Rescue Certification – Professional (RRC – Pro): This 2-day course has been designed specifically for individuals who spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity (specifically river guides and kayaker instructors) who have previously taken a River Rescue Course.

River Rescue Certification (RRC ): This 2-day course is a hands-on, scenario-based rescue course designed specifically for whitewater boaters: kayakers, rafters, cat boaters, SUP paddlers, river boarders, and canoers.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT-1): This 3-day NFPA-compliant Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRT-1) course is designed for Fire and SAR personnel or other professionals who need an NFPA-compliant river rescue course.

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT): This 3-day course is designed for agency and company personnel who work around rivers and don’t need an NFPA-certified course. 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 needs.

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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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