Swiftwater Safety & Rescue

Students on the Bowron RiverFor those fishing, boating, hunting, working, or recreating near rivers and other moving water environments, these courses focus on hazard awareness and avoidance, safe wading, self-rescue, helping a friend or coworker, and specialized safety equipment. A must to make sure you go home after a day on the river!

These courses vary from 1 to 4 day durations, and are offered in British Columbia through Rescue Canada and OVERhang.

Click here for the Swiftwater Rescue Technician 2 course 

Click here for the Swiftwater Rescue Technician 3 course

Registration closes 1 week prior to the course. Make sure you register today to guarantee your spot! 


Occupational River Safety Courses:

This series of technician courses are designed to provide resource professionals with the most current information on preparation, mitigation, self-rescue and safety concerns for dealing with river survival and job safety in general. The practical components will have participants immersed in the river environment, practicing many of the techniques needed to operate safely or effect a rescue in the case of an emergency.

River safety training is a requirement for people/agencies who:

  • work in or near river environments classified as low to high risk
  • work doing specific tasks such as inspections, patrols, habitat biology
  • are landscape mining, conducting exploration work, or in oil & gas
  • wildlife/resource management, water sampling, bridge building, and/or
  • work in small teams unsupervised.

Pick the right course for you by contacting us at to discuss the type of work you do and the level of risk you face working in or near rivers.

Recreational River Safety Courses:

SwiftwaterThrough Rescue Canada we offer a variety of courses for river lovers. These include safe fishing programs, 3 levels of boating courses, and 4 levels of swiftwater courses for canoeists, kayakers, rafters, and play boaters.

These courses focus on river hydrology (understanding the different features of a river and what they mean), hazard awareness and avoidance, risk assessment, self rescue skills, partner rescue basics, safe wading/boating/swimming techniques, and the fundamentals of foot, body and equipment entrapments. We start by covering the theory, and then we head to a river to really practice the techniques.

These courses are appropriate for anyone who finds themself recreating on or near the water - which also includes hunters, mountaineers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

For courses aimed at kids who swim in local rivers, head to RiverWise™.

Contact us at to choose the right course for you.

SwiftwaterSearch & Rescue and Training for other Rescue Professionals:

The Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician (SSRT) programs for Search and Rescue teams have been designed for specific applications. These courses are also excellent for fire rescue personnel and other rescue professionals.

Participants learn to respond and operate in moving water environments. Emphasis is on personal and team safety, as well as on search, rescue, and recovery techniques from low to high risk.

Four different courses are offered (ranging from 1 day to 4 days with prior e-learning). We can help you pick the right course for you or your team based on your level of risk, complexity of tasks, and job mandate. Email for details.

To review OVERhang's cancellation and refund policy click here.