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River Rescue Certification Professional


Is an internationally recognized rescue certification that is written for professional boaters, by professional boaters. It is a fast-paced, scenario bases course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This course is for river guides and kayakers who spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity, and therefore have a solid base of boating and rescue skills already. This intensive and comprehensive course takes professional certification to a whole new level.

I am looking for an instructor.

Hi Folks,

I am coming to NZ in September for about 6 months, from November I will be in the south Island.

20 years ago I had a good amount of white water experience in the Army and was on my way to becoming an instructor. Unfortunately that got cut short because of operations in Bosnia.
Since then I have done exclusively sea kayaking in the Caribbean.

Whilst I will be doing that in NZ too, I am looking to get some skills back on the whitewater and maybe even do some courses to give me official certifications.

River Rescue Certification Professional

Water Rescue Courses


Rescue 3 New Zealand will be running water rescue courses this summer.

There are two levels depending on your water experience:

White Water Rescue Technician:

Any takers for a River Safety Course


My partner and I want to do a river safety course and are keen to get another 2 people involved so that we can run a specific personalised course with New Zealand Kayak school (they need 4 people to run a course). Ideal dates would be around late March to mid April. We are probabably looking for course content somewhere between their level 1 and level 2 courses.

Would also be interested if anyone is running any safety course elsewhere. (we know there is one at the Hilary Outdoor centre in Feb, but typically we can't make the dates!!)


rescue courses

who runs em in the south island

River Rescue 1 course at Hillary Outdoors, March 5, 6 2016

Hillary Outdoors (aka OPC) is running a River Safety 1 Course in March. This is a prerequisite for NZOIA Kayak 1 and also a minimum standard for anyone leading groups or just participating on trips from grade 2. The date is close and Hillary Outdoors needs to confirm numbers by Feb 10th, so visit the website (www.hillaryoutdoors.co.nz). You can book from there. Course is non-residential and the cost is only $250 for 2 days. There may be a subsidy available from Water safety NZ

White Water NZ River Rescues (DECEMBER 2015)

Canoe Slalom BOP is proud to offer its members and non club members the opportunity to develop their river rescue skills. We recommend all athletes and anyone using the river to attend these courses to help develop their awareness around river safety.

CSBOP will facilitate the White Water NZ River Rescue 1 and 2 Awards. These courses are run by a NZOIA II qualified instructor. At the completion of each course, participants will receive the White Water NZ River Rescue Certificate.

Course Dates 2015
December, 10-11th - River Rescue 2

Course Dates 2016

Whiwater Rescue Technician 1 by Rescue 3

September 11th,12th and 13th.

This three day course is designed specifically for professional guides, private boaters, fish and game personnel, and others who work or play on or around flowing water. Students will benefit from this intensive, hands-on course and will learn to use techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues. The emphasis is on speedy, low-tech, and improvised rescue techniques that are effective and require minimal equipment.

Rescue 3 courses are internationally recognized. A great plus if you are going overseas for work or fun.

Whitewater Rescue Technician Course in March

Hi Folks,
Please see the attached Flyer. Rescue 3 NZ is running a Whitewater Rescue Technician course on 27, 28 and 29 March on the Mohaka River.
Please contact Canoe and Kayak Taupo for more info or to book.


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