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 (rafting, canoeing, canyoning, sea level traversing etc)
  • Minimum age: 18