Pro-Qualification – Water Only | 2 Day Rescue Course | PQ-W

dvorak expedtions swiftwater rescue course


2-Days | Rescue 3 Certification 

A DYNAMIC water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters, kayakers and non-profit organizations!  Basic river skills are a prerequisite! Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others.  Thinking through rescues is also emphasized.  This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. This is an American Canoe Association ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue course.  Although this course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers; its pace allows for thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter.  The two-day format makes the course more affordable and accessible.  This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere!  The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers.

This program is 20 hours in length, includes all of the above, and covers such subjects as advanced technical rescue, helicopter management and a major mock rescue, usually at night. The class is arduous and fatiguing, and all subjects are taught regardless of weather.  Participants should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required.

*This course is a pre-requisite for the instructors course.

Duration: 2 Days
Activity Level: Moderate-Difficult
Pricing: $200 Per Person

Programs Meet Requirements Of The NFPA 1670 Standards.
Nationally certified ‘Rescue 3’ courses are the standard for river and flood rescue. They stress skill building in the field (water) with minimal classroom time. Students should be in reasonable physical condition, though strong swimming ability is not required. Certification: “Rescue 3 Inc.”. Note: If desired, you can complete next level courses simultaneous when possible. Find out more about our Ice Rescue Technician Courses and Technical Rope Rescue Courses.

Basic equipment required for each course include a full wetsuit or dry suit, Type III or V personal flotation device, light climbing or kayaking helmet, and personal safety items you presently use.

NOTE: Courses are scheduled for more than 1 location please note location when making your reservation

Meeting location for each course may change. Verify when making reservation as to which location will apply:

NATHROP MAIN BASE LOCATION FOR MOST COURSES: Dvorak Expeditions main base located 10 miles south of Buena Vista on Highway 285 (17921 US Highway 285, Nathrop, CO 81236). (719) 539-6851 office phone. (Arkansas River- Numbers and Salida sections)  If there is a change in course meeting location we will contact you prior to course.  All courses not designated below as seperate date locations.

*ALMONT, CO --LOCATION: Meeting location is at the Three Rivers Resort in Almont, CO  81210 at 8:30 a.m.  (Taylor River) The course will be on the Taylor.  Lodging and camping is available with the 3 Rivers Resort.  Call for lodging info (970) 641.1303: 

* FT.COLLINS, CO:  Meeting location is Rocky Mountain Adventures Outpost.  800 858-6808 for camping and location details. Address is 1117 N. Highway 287, Ft. Collins, CO 80522.  Outpost is on the corner of Hwy 287 and Shields Street.  (Poudre River) Lunches are provided and will be added to the course cost $20 for 3 days.

EARLY COURSES (Call to verify location.)  Water levels may dictate the section of river and confirm with your reservation the meeting details) Call 800 824.3795 and give your date of course and reservation number. 


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Great day on the river tagging along w/ Will and his raft group. Water was a whitewater me once. Thanks again for the shuttle and the wild afternoon on the Arkansas.
- Tom Schembra


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