SAFETY & RESCUE COURSES
Packraft Europe is the first Rescue 3 Europe training provider dedicated to and specializing in Whitewater Rescue Technician training and certifications for packrafters.
Packraft Europe has worked closely with Rescue 3 Europe to create the WRT-F course and tailor the renowned WRT-REC and WRT-PRO courses specifically to the needs of the packrafting community. Rescue 3 has a reputation for quality hands-on instruction, using techniques that work, and this reputation has fueled the growth of Rescue 3 and its courses over the years. The Whitewater Rescue Technician course is essential training for anyone involved in whitewater.
The importance of Whitewater Rescue training for packrafters can not be emphasized highly enough. Packrafts are too easy to use and invoke a false sense of security and often those new to packrafting as well as seasoned packrafters over estimate their abilities. You simply do not know what you do not know. Whitewater rescue training provides the knowledge, skills and training needed to identify the risks and hazards involved in moving water and the techniques needed to help avoid these risks, to self rescue, and to help others in a rescue scenario.
A really important course for every packrafter. It sharpens your senses for possible things happening and trains you with the tools to react to it. Instructed by Seon with a lot of commitment. This won't be our last rescue course!" Stephan, Germany
"Earlier this month had a fabulous 4 days with Packraft Europe in Gosau, Austria. 2 day packrafting clinic with Mark Oates, Jen and Seon, focusing on paddle strokes, choice of line and positioning within the paddling group. Massively impressed by the knowledgeable and detailed coaching, analysis of particular paddle strokes and theory of line choice. Fabulous two days paddling. Very impressed by all the time taken, after first long day of paddling, of watching back tape of us all paddling, analysis of technique and where and how to improve. Then did the 2 day Rescue 3 WRT-Rec course with Seon. Learnt a heap on hydrology, river features and characteristics, knots, rescue techniques and considerations, and then drilled them thoroughly on the river. All this in the stunning surroundings of the scenery around Gosau, where there is a crazy wealth and range of water, from lakes to Grade 5. Fabulous instruction. Can’t recommend enough." Sam, UK
"I am happy that I made the rescue course. The execution of the course was great. We got all the time feedback when something was well done or could be improved. All topics were shown before for better understanding. And - important - we were challenged afterwards to apply the learned in scenarios. Great experience!" Anja, Germany
Whitewater Rescue Technician Foundation (WRT-F) – 1 days (6 hours) – €150
The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Foundation course is designed for whitewater users such as kayakers, canoeists, pack rafters, stand up paddle boarders with little or no experience, and aims to teach basic safety and rescue skills required in a moderate whitewater environment, and covers the foundation skills used in all our water safety and rescue courses.
Whitewater Rescue Technician Recreational (WRT-REC) – 2 days (12 hours) – €270
The WRT-REC course is for recreational paddlers who wish to have a rescue capability whilst paddling or in a whitewater environment with their peers, eg kayak club members, informal non-paying paddlers completing a river trip.
Whitewater Rescue Technician professional (WRT-PRO) – 3 days (18 hours) – €330
The Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional (WRT-PRO) course is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment, eg raft guides, safety kayakers. Recreational paddlers should take the WRT-REC course.
2020 course dates: (Click on course for more information & booking; as long as you can book the course, there are still spots available. If it shows as sold out, then it is fully booked)