Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) Level I, II, & III


Get international certification as a Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT)—the standard for river guides, instructors, and paddlers. Build confidenceknowledge, and skills through hands-on practice and simulations.

Get international certification as a Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT)—the standard for river guides, instructors, and paddlers. 

Build confidenceknowledge, and skills through hands-on practice and simulations. The Whitewater Rescue Technician Level I & II is highly recommended for recreational paddler to have at a minimum, so that they could help if a situation arose. 

You'll gain tools for rescues, starting in easy rapids then challenging yourself in harder water and more complex situations. Become competent performing effective rescues with limited resources—and making smart decisions when river running

Your certification is valid for 3 years before you need to re-certify.

Course Structure

You can choose to do the full course and achieve your Whitewater Rescue Technician Level I, II, & III in 4 days. Alternatively, you can also take the course over two 2-day blocks by doing the Whitewater Rescue (WWR) Levels I & II and then, anytime within the three year certification period, taking the WRT-Bridge Level III. The WRT-Bridge Level III is also used for those who need to re-certify. 


- 16 years and up. 16 and 17 year olds need written parental consent
- Swimming ability is necessary
- Pre-course prep (see Boreal River webpage)

Take away materials

- Waterproof course manual: Whitewater Rescue Field Guide
- Locking rescue carabiner & 5m of tubular webbing for your rescue kit
- Certification card, practical evaluation record sheet, Whitewater Rescue Technician sticker

What to expect

- Get tons of hands-on practice with professional instructors, a great learning environment, and a well-run course
- Increase your knowledge of the river environment to avoid hazards and work with the water, not against it
- Practice techniques such as swimming, wading, and throwing ropes to move around the river, perform self-rescues, and rescue others
- Learn knots, anchors, and rope systems for use in equipment recovery and transportation
- Gain the tools to carry out effective rescues with limited resources when river running
- Progress from learning skills in easy water to performing more complex rescues in bigger rapids
- Gain experience and confidence through challenging simulations and drills.




Course Information:


None at present. Check back soon! 


Level I & II - $339+taxes
Level I, II, & III - $599+taxes
Bridge to Level III or Recert - $339+taxes


Revelstoke, BC

How to Register

1. Click here to go to the Boreal River website.

2. Choose which level you wish to book onto by clicking the links in the description. Click the Details/Register for the course based in Revelstoke, BC.

3. Fill out the registration form on that page or call Boreal river anytime at +1 (866) 242-9383. Follow the instructions to pay your tuition by credit card, e-mail transfer, or cheque.

4. Receive a confirmation e-mail along with a ‘student information package’ and a course receipt.

Rental Equipment

The following equipment can be rented from Boreal River Rescue. Prices are in CAD and include rental for your whole course:

Wetsuit (full length arms & legs, fleece-lined) - $55
Helmet - $10
Rescue PFD (with ‘quick-release’ harness) - $35

Boreal River Cancellation Policy

For cancellations more than 60 days from course start: full refund minus $35 registration fee.

For cancellations less than 60 days but more than 2 weeks from course start: 50% refund.

For cancellations less than 2 weeks from course start date: no refund.

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