WRT-REC: 10/11 September, Salza River, Wildalpen, Austria.

Please contact us to check availability and to book this course.

This course will be based out of Wildalpen Camping. Google Maps here. If you arrive by plane, your best airport is Vienna. Other options are Graz or Salzburg airport, but Vienna usually has the best connections. From Vienna it’s about 2,5h drive to Wildalpen. Public transport to Wildalpen is tricky but you can contact us for more information!

You will be responsible for finding your own accommodation for the course. For camping registration please contact the campground directly. Mention that you are with Seon and Michaela from Packraft Europe so they put you in the same area of the campground with us.
Camping Wildalpen
8924 Wildalpen 91, Austria
Phone: + 43 (0) 3636 342
E-mail: info@camping-wildalpen.at
Internet: www.camping-wildalpen.at

Food and meals:
You will be responsible for providing your own lunch and meals on the course, there are restaurants and a grocery shop nearby within walking distance, however it is a good idea to bring a packed lunch and some snacks to eat during the day.

Course schedule:
The course will start at 0800hrs on both days. On the first morning we will do a quick round of introductions before starting the first part of the theory sessions for the course. We will aim for an early lunch at 1200 hours followed by practical sessions in the river during the afternoon. We will aim to be finished by 1800hrs in the evening. The second days schedule will also start with some quick theory and then we will head straight to the river for the practical sessions and scenarios. We will aim to be finished by 1800hrs in the evening. Both Wednesday 5th, and Thursday 6th will be long days in and around the water.

What to bring:
We will be swimming a lot. Please come suitably equipped with a good wetsuit or drysuit. You will also need to suitable footwear, a whitewater helmet and a PFD Personal floatation device (ideally one with a releasable chest harness). Please also bring any throwbags and rescue equipment you use when normally out on the river. During the course we will be taking the time to look at Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Personal Rescue Equipment (PRE) that we use on the river. Please also bring your packraft, paddle and gear you normally packraft with.

Rescue 3 Instructors:
Mark Hirst from Lapin Koskikoulu who is a certified Rescue 3 independent instructor will be the main instructor for the course. Seon Crockford-Laserer from Packraft Europe will be assistant instructor for the course.

Once you have completed the course your WRT will be valid for 3 years. Packraft Europe & Rescue 3 Europe head office will keep a record of your award. You will be able to re certify your award after 3 years at a discounted rate.

Course description: The Whitewater Rescue Technician Recreational (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 club members, informal non-paying paddlers completing a river trip.


  • €270 – This is for tuition (includes Rescue 3 WRT manual) and certification only. It does not include accommodation, food, gear, any associated expenses etc.  Payment in full is required to confirm your place on the course.

Course length:

  • 2 days (12 hours)

Course content includes:

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Training standards
  • River hydrology and hazards
  • Personal equipment
  • Technical and group equipment
  • Pre-trip planning
  • Risk assessments
  • Incident size-up
  • Incident management and site control
  • Medical considerations
  • Night/poor visibility considerations
  • Search considerations
  • Communications
  • Whitewater swimming techniques
  • Strainer swim
  • Conditional rescues – throwbags
  • Shallow water techniques
  • People and equipment entrapments
  • True/contact rescues – untethered
  • True/contact rescues – tethered
  • Line crossing methods
  • Diagonals/zip lines
  • Flips and capsizes
  • Boat wraps
  • Victim/casualty management
  • Knots and anchor systems
  • Vector pulls
  • Introduction to mechanical advantage


  • Confident swimmer, with experience of water-based activities (packrafting, rafting, canoeing, canyoning, sea level traversing etc)
  • Minimum age: 18