Rescue Courses for Paddlers

Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia LogoNext Rescue Course Dates:

Level 1 (BASIC) – 2021 dates to be announced

Level 2 (ADVANCED) – 2021 to be announced


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Having the right safety equipment is one thing, being effective with it is another.

Rescue Course Tuition – $310 + GST

Register for a level 1 and 2 course in the same season and receive a 15% tuition discount on both!

Finally, rescue courses designed for river canoeists!

These invaluable, RCABC-sanctioned courses will have you out of the canoe as much as in it, throwing ropes, swimming rapids, re-entering canoes, building anchors, and exploring different ways to set safety for difficult rapids. Even if you’ve learned some of these techniques before, the practice is priceless and is one of the best ways to become more comfortable and confident on the water. This is a must-have series of courses for anyone planning their own river trip.


What is included in the tuition?

Includes 1 dryland evening on the eve before the course and 2 days of on (and in) the water instruction and practice.

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Knowing how to swim a rapid is as important as knowing how to paddle one.

2021 course dates to be announced

River Rescue Course Dates 2020

  • October 3-4, 2020  (including evening of Oct. 2) – LEVEL 1- BASIC
  • October 24-25, 2020 (including evening of Oct. 23) – LEVEL 2- ADVANCED
  • Contact us to book a custom course


Who takes this course?

  • wilderness guides looking to certify, re-certify or practice their rescue skills
  • teachers, club leaders, or others wanting to be in a leadership role on trips
  • paddlers looking to learn or dust-off the latest in rescue practices and procedures