Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional
Pine River, CO • May 27, 2021
Full Dates: May 27, 2021 – May 29, 2021
Duration: 3 days (24 hours)
Due to COVID-19, many precautions will be employed to reduce risk of transmitting the disease during this course.
Please reach out to Southwest Rescue to learn more about this course.
The Rescue 3 International Whitewater Rescue Technician – Professional (WRT-Pro) course is designed for professional river users who require a rescue capability in a whitewater environment (e.g. raft guides, safety kayakers, etc.). Fast, low-tech, and improvised rescue techniques are the focus of this course, combined with the emphasis on scene size-up and management. This three-day course is the standard for many professional river operations around the world.
Fire and rescue personnel should take the NFPA-compliant Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT) course.
- 18 years of age or older
- adequate health insurance coverage
- basic swimming ability
- in good physical condition
**This course does NOT meet the requirements for NFPA 1670 Standard and does NOT qualify as a prerequisite for Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA).
Location and Logistics
Pine Song Tree Farm
12758 County Road 501
Bayfield, CO 81122
This location is the private property of Ken and Lois Carpenter. PLEASE be very respectful by driving less than 15 mph and staying on the roadways.
Directions from CR 501:
- Drive approximately 1/2 mile to an intersection.
- Turn right and follow the road down toward the river.
- Turn around the sharp right-hand turn and continue past the cabin to the covered patio area.
- Park at the covered patio area, and NOT at the cabin.
Aaron Ball is Southwest Rescue’s owner and lead instructor. He has worked in the outdoor industry for over 20 years as a guide, instructor, trainer, and supervisor. Aaron is a Rescue 3 International instructor trainer, a Wilderness Medicine Training Center senior instructor, and an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education professional and recreational avalanche instructor, course leader, and instructor trainer. Additionally, Aaron is a faculty member in Fort Lewis College’s Adventure Education Department and a guide for San Juan Mountain Guides.
Aaron sits on several committees and boards including the Open Sky Wilderness’s risk management committee and the board of directors for the Friends of the San Juans. He has given numerous talks at national and regional conferences including the Wilderness Risk Management Conference (WRMC), the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) annual conference, and Association for Experiential Education (AEE) regional conferences. Aaron has a Master’s Degree in adventure education with a specific emphasis on risk management.