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Swiftwater Rescue 2

The Explorer Series

Learn self-rescue skills, how to use basic personal safety equipment, rescue principles and river swimming skills to help you gain the confidence needed to take your canoeing, kayaking or rafting skills to the next level.

This 1 day course builds on Swiftwater Rescue 1 and includes theory and practice time on the Kananaskis River where we can get great conditions for training throughout the season. It's a great option whether you've been paddling for years or are new to the sport. For those requiring the certification for work, this course provides certification from Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine that meets NFPA standards and is valid for 3 years.

You can join the group in Kananaskis for this course or choose the transportation option from Red Deer. The option from Red Deer will include a stop at the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre to pick up and return rental equipment you may need for the course.

Swiftwater 1 is a pre-requisite for this course. Book both courses at the same time to save $35.


  • Gain the confidence to take you rafting, canoeing and kayaking skills to the next level.
  • Learn basic river rescue skills.

Perfect for: Anybody looking to take their water safety skills to the next level.

Swiftwater 1 is required prior to taking this course. A current Standard First Aid with Level C CPR is required to obtain certification.

This course is delivered by Rocky Mountain Adventure Medicine

Your Adventure

Course Date
September 9, 2018
Start Time

Red Deer: 6 am

Canoe Meadow: 9:30 am

End Time

Canoe Meadow: 5 pm

Red Deer: 8:30 pm

Meeting Location

Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe

Canoe Meadow in Kananaskis Country

Activity Level Active - River Swimming Required
Lunch Add an optional bagged lunch to your booking
Availability Looking for a different date or a tour just for your group? Contact us for more details.
The itinerary may change without notice due to the weather and other factors. Our goal is to always provide the best possible experience.


2018 Rates

Swiftwater 2
  • $170: Course Only
  • $190: Course + Transportation
Swiftwater 1 + Swiftwater 2
  • $305: Course Only
  • $345: Course + Transportation

The Experience

Swiftwater Rescue 1

This course covers:

  • Rescue philosophy and attitude:
    • General rules and Philosophy
    • The ladder approach and personal safety
    • Behavior & prevention
  • Hydrology
    • Volume
    • Gradient
    • Velocity / Force relationship
    • Floods & flash floods
    • Currents: Water speed within a straight current, around a bend, in a constriction, around an obstacle, in an eddy
    • Obstacles & traps: Undercuts, Sweepers, Log jams, Foot entrapment, Bridge pilings, Vehicular entrapment, Ice &Ice jams
    • Hydrology of a Weir
  • Self-Rescue
    • Basic personal equipment: P.F.D., Whistle, Knife, Helmet, throwbag, footwear, thermal clothing.
    • Swimming in moving water: Preventing foot entrapment, offensive & defensive swimming, swimming in a weir.
    • River crossing: In groups, alone with an aid, alone, Using a group to cross an injured person
  • Rescue organization
    • Principles & procedures
    • Basic signals & communication
    • Group accessory equipment
  • Throwbag use
    • Throwbag anatomy
    • Throwing, belaying & dynamic belay
    • Stabilization line

Swiftwater Rescue 2

This course covers:

  • Rescue Equipment:
    • Static line & ropes for river use
    • Pulleys, Carabiners, Anchor Webbing & cordelettes
  • Swimming
    • Breathing techniques for whitewater, crossing an eddyline, swimming over a drop, swimming into a log jam.
    • Offensive and defensive Swimming Techniques
    • Tows & Carries (Contact rescues)
  • Throw bag Use
    • Methods for getting a line across a stream
    • Extrication techniques
  • Mechanical Advantage
    • Types of rope & webbing
    • Safety principles
    • Armstrong (10 boy scout method)
    • Anchors
    • Vector pull
    • Knots for “Z” drag
    • Basic 2:1, 3:1 and 6:1 or 9:1
  • Use of Rescue craft (various platforms)
    • Craft selection, Hazards & limitations
    • Safe strategies for approach by craft
  • Emergency Care
    • Hypothermia, shock
    • Drowning physiology

The Details

Where to Meet?

For those booked with transportation, check-in at Pursuit Adventures' Basecamp + Cafe in Red Deer: #10 5579 47 Streets. Get directions >

If you're booked for the course only, meet the group at Canoe Meadow day use area in Kananaskis Country. Get directions >


What to Bring?

Required Items

  • Footwear - walking to and along the river as well as spending time in the water
  • Appropriate clothing for the weather
  • Warm dry clothing to change into after being in the water
  • Water safety gear: PFD, helmet, wetsuit booties and either a drysuit (with long underwear - no cotton) or wetsuit and paddling jacket (with swimsuit)
  • Towel
  • Hat
  • Lunch, snacks and water
  • A copy of your first aid certificate

Recommended Items

  • Sunglasses
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Thermos with hot beverage

Renting Gear

You can rent a pfd, helmet, wetsuit booties, wetsuit and paddling jacket from the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre for a minimal fee. You must book your own equipment directly with them.

For those travelling from Red Deer we will be stopping there to pick up and return equipment along the way.

What's Included?

  • A professional instructor and course meeting NFPA Standards.
  • Optional transportation from Red Deer.

What's Not Included

  • Appropriate clothes and footwear for the weather conditions.
  • Water bottles, lunch and snacks.

Terms and Conditions

Cancellation Policy

All bookings are non-refundable but we will offer you a credit for a future adventure if you cancel a minimum of 72 hours prior to departure. Cancellations within 72 hours, including no-shows, will forfeit the tour fees. Tours in The Explorer Series usually require a minimum of 4 guests to run. In the event of low bookings we will contact you the day before the tour to cancel. You'll have the option of a full refund or a credit for a future booking.


Waivers are required for all participants.You can review the waiver here. Additional waivers may be required to be signed on the day of the tour prior to taking part in activities offered by other providers. Please review our complete terms & conditions prior to booking.

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A Few More Things To Know

We get to play outside on our tours and that means you’ll want to come prepared for the weather. Make sure to dress in layers and come prepared for the unpredictable weather we often get in Alberta. We rarely cancel tours due to weather, as long as we can have a safe adventure. You’ll be amazed at how warm we get snowshoeing at -20C or how much fun hiking in the rain can be! Need help with your booking or have a few more questions? Stop by our Basecamp + Cafe or give us a call at 403 986-6190.


September 9, 2018
06:00 - 21:00
$170 – $190
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#10 5579 47 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 1S1 Canada
403 986-6190