River Rescue II Course (2 day)

For Enquiries Contact: Education business manager, Roz Manester by email.

Course description/ Overview:

The course consists of two full days approximately 9am – 5pm of which participants should expect some theoretical learning and discussions as well as time in and around the river. The course is very interactive with participants asked to engage and participate actively in all course exercises.


The Paddle Australia River Rescue II course is the industry benchmark certification designed to meet the needs of white water canoeing and kayaking Guides and Instructors for the outdoor industry across education, recreational and tourism sectors nationwide.

The PAQs River Rescue Course is a co/prerequisite course for the white water canoe/ kayak instructor courses that builds upon basic river rescue theory and is also suitable for recreational paddlers who want to develop their paddling rescue skills.

Candidates for this course will need to have white water paddling skills and should expect to spend time on understanding river hydrology in depth, boats based rescue in white water environments, white water rescue principles, white water rescue swimming and crossings, throw ropes usage and practical mechanical advantage systems.

What I will learn:

  • River hydrology and hazards
  • River rescue principles
  • Throw bagging
  • White water crossings
  • White water swimming
  • Practical mechanical advantage systems
  • Risk management

Paddle Craft

You need to determine which white water craft type you will be assessed in. This should be based on which type of craft you are comfortable paddling in white water and what you would use in a work based scenario. For example, if you are teaching people in canoes, you should choose to use and be assessed in a canoe.  Sit on top craft are not recommended for this course unless they are specifically designed white water vessels.


It is expected that participants provide all their own equipment however, Paddle Victoria can provide any or all of the equipment for the course.  Please indicate on your registration what you require.  All personal equipment will be checked for safety and suitability prior to commencement of the course.  Participants will also be required to supply their own paddling clothing suitable for the temperature conditions, be able to get wet, and be sun smart.

Course Duration:

Usually 9 am – 5 pm each day for two days.

Course Location/s:

Paddle Victoria traditionally runs most River Rescue training programs at Big River in Victoria, however this is subject to time of year, river levels and conditions.

Other course locations are available for private groups by negotiation.


PAQs Whitewater Skills, Whitewater Guide or legitimate proven equivalent

For Enquiries Contact: Education business manager, Roz Manester by email.