White water rescue

Certified by the Lifesaving Society

This course is designed to prepare students to take on a leadership role to respond efficiently during a white water emergency situation (rafting, canoeing or kayaking). In addition, this course raises awareness on the importance of mastering fundamental techniques in white water rescue and understanding basic safety principles and procedures to follow to conduct a rapid and efficient rescue.

White water rescue - Level 1 (8hrs)

This course is for people that wish to acquire knowledge on white water preventive measures, self-rescue techniques and how to intervene in an emergency situation. Equipment, white water swimming and using a throw bag are subjects that will all be covered. This course is ideal for someone beginning in white water sports that wishes to become familiar with the river environment or wants to overcome a fear.

Conditions: Must be at least 16 years of age and be a good swimmer

Dates: To be determined

Cost: $125 +taxes

Lifesaving Society certification

Lifesaving Society certified instructor

White water rescue - Level 2 (24hrs)

This course is for people who are already familiar with white water. This 24-hour training includes all the content of the level I course, but also new subjects such as rescuing people, recuperating boats, leadership in emergency situations and how to respond to them, structuring teams on the field and advance throw rope techniques.

This course is mandatory for all candidates who wish to get a job as a river guide.

Conditions: Must be at least 16 years of age and be a good swimmer

Dates: May 20th to May 22nd 2011. Other dates may be planned during the summer. Call for more information

Cost: $245 +taxes

Included: White water rescue manual

Lifesaving Society certification

Lifesaving Society certified instructor

Requalification - White water rescue - Level 2 (16hrs)

You have already taken the course, but your card is not longer valid? Sign-up for a requalification course to refresh your skills and get an update on new techniques in order to remain efficient in rescue situations.

Dates: To be determined

Cost: $150 +taxes

White water rescue II

$285 + taxes

White water rescue I

$125 + taxes

Equipment provided:

  • Wetsuit
  • Helmet, life jacket, paddle and dry bag
  • Access to the base camp (showers, changing rooms)

You must bring:

  • Warm clothes to wear during and after your course (avoid cotton clothing)
  • Snacks and water bottle
  • A light lunch that you will be able to bring with you on the river
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Sunscreen

Specific equipment required:

  • A river knife attached to your life jacket
  • A tubular nylon strap 5 m long and 2,5 cm wide
  • 3 ropes 1,5m long with a 6 mm diameter
  • 3 locking carabiners
  • 1 throw bag (rope)
  • 1 prussik minding pulley
  • A life jacket (if you have one)
  • A helmet (if you have one)