Packraft Specific Rescue Training

Packraft rescue training with Swiftwater Safety Institute

Next Packraft Rescue Course: April 14-15, 2018


Snoqualmie River | Cost: $275


Lead Instructor: Zak Sears


Using the SSI 3-day swiftwater rescue course (SRT-I) as a platform and incorporating packrafts, this course teaches techniques and principals with regard to limited resources in a wilderness setting using a packraft as a rescue craft. This  course will meet the needs of professionals and private boaters who find themselves using packrafts  as a means of downriver travel or to access gear or personnel in difficult situations. This course is designed for back country rangers, U.S. border patrol, special operations teams, wilderness enthusiast and packraft aficiondos. SSI developed the packraft curriculum and trained the Denali National Park Back Country Rangers in 2012. They have received NPS clearance and now routinely take them on back country missions as a rescue craft. Please contact SSI for a custom quote and custom curriculum development based on your agencies needs and response model. Adding a fourth or fifth day to the curriculum lets us exponentially enhance our downriver travel and river expedition skills.


3 Year Packraft Specific Swiftwater Rescue Training (PSRT-I) Certification – with satisfactory practical and written skills evaluations.

Learning Objectives

  • Remote-based rescues with limited rescue resources
  • Personnel and group communication
  • Gaining comfort with swimming in rivers
  • Basic paddling skills
  • Self recovery and assisted recovery in a packraft
  • Packraft limitations and advantages
  • Proper use of a packraft as a rescue craft
  • Packraft field repair
  • Self rescue and rescue priorities
  • Foot entrapment extrication
  • Tethered swimmer (live bait)
  • Tethered rescue craft
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Hazard avoidance and recognition
  • Knots and anchors
  • Basic (horizontal) technical rope systems
  • Problem solving with limited gear and resources
  • Overall emergency assessment and recognition dealing with swift water application


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Phone: 360-510-1243

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