Every spring, Wild Blue Yonder Rafting offers a 16-hour Swiftwater Rescue Course (Level I & II) through the Royal Lifesaving Society. Although this is mandatory for our guides to take, the course is also open to the public. Level I teaches river dynamics, safety and self-rescue techniques. Level II includes advanced skills and rescue techniques for assisting others; it's recommended for white-water kayakers, rescue teams and guides. It's a good course for Search & Rescue organizations, and we have also trained Canadian Rangers. Here's an article written by a Ranger who took the course in 2014. 

Location: Grande Cache, Alberta   Rivers: Smoky River & Sulphur River
Dates: May 12 and 13, 2018      Times: 8:30am to 6pm both days.  

- Standard First Aid w/CPR (must show valid certificate). 
- Comfortable in water and able to swim 50 meters head up (front crawl)
in deep water while wearing a PDF. 

COST: $275.00 per person + gst
Group Rate for 6 or more. 

- Rescue philosophy & general rules
- Rescue organization: principles & procedures
- Prevention of emergencies
- The ladder approach & personal safety
- Self rescue skills
- River crossings
- Offensive & defensive river swimming
- Obstacles & entrapments
Rescue equipment
- Throw bag use
Rope systems & knots
- Mechanical rescue systems
Use of rescue craft
Emergency assessment & care techniques