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River Safety and Rescue

Skill Level

Step 4 & 5 - Intermediate to Advanced


Ability to confidently paddle Class II+ whitewater with a reliable roll

Course Price

$299 + gst & $60 + gst fee payable to AWA


All paddling related equipment


2 days


16 + years

Instructor : Student ratio

1 : 6 (max)


Class II/III River

Start Time - Finish Time

8:30am - 4:30pm


Meet at Canoe Meadows on the Kananaskis River.  Sessions are run on various sections of the Kananaskis depending on group ability and levels.


The River Safety and Rescue course is a certification program administered by Canoe Kayak Canada.


The aim of this program is to introduce and practice moving water safety and rescue concepts to participants. It is a largely practical course with a valuable and informative theory component that helps paddlers understand the importance and basic structure of rescue and safety on the river.  The main focus is on safe river use and if/when a rescue is required doing it with minimal gear in an efficient manner.


After completing this course participants can expect to have a good understanding of boat and shore based rescues, a solid understanding of how their own personal equipment works (strengths and weaknesses).  A large area of focus is also communication and group safety on the river during rescues.  Learning points will be highlighted with regular discussions and de-briefings on scenarios/activities.

NOTE:  If you are a beginner or more recreational paddler the River Safety for Recreational Kayakers is a great starting point for those looking at just getting into moving water.  The course fee of $359 + gst INCLUDES the AWA registration fee of $60

Session Dates

April 27-28, 201912 spots leftRegister Now
September 14-15, 201912 spots leftRegister Now