Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational
Pine River, CO • May 20, 2024
Full Dates: May 20, 2024 – May 21, 2024
Duration: 2 days (16 hours)
The Rescue 3 International Whitewater Rescue Technician – Recreational (WRT-Rec) course is for people who find themselves on or around the river for recreational purposes. This two day course consists of intensive training using techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues. The emphasis of the class is on fast, low-tech and improvised rescue techniques.
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 and is pursuing his PhD in education where he is researching judgment development of avalanche professionals.