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 tailor the renowned WRTF, 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.
The courses available for 2019 can be found here.
Whitewater Rescue Technician Foundation (WRTF) – 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.