This intensive course includes one day of classroom instruction followed field instruction for developing and practicing water rescue skills. 

  1. Safely swimming in moving water and recognizing and maneuvering around river hazards.

  2. Fording shallow and fast-moving water

  3. Crossing deep, slow and fast-moving water using basic climbing gear, small boats, and combinations

  4. Handling small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on tether

  5. Rescuing and extricating a victim from the water

  6. Understanding moving water, rescue team organization, and the response of the victim




For professionals or recreational enthusiasts. Training can be customized to include motorized and non-motorized boats, propeller or jet engines, and moving or flat water, depending on your needs. Improve your river reading and boat maneuvering skill.

One day of classroom provides:

  1. Rescue philosophy for moving water

  2. Coast guard “rules of the road” for navigable waters

  3. Moving water hydrology and boat operations in dynamic moving water environments

  4. Equipment discussion - boats and motors appropriate for the environment

Hands on instruction on the river provides the opportunity to practice reading the water and operating boats. Hazard recognition and proper use of safety/rescue equipment are stressed. Common boat handling skills including eddying out, peeling out, and ferrying are introduced and practiced. These skills are then applied to moving up current, down current, and performing rescue operations.


Rope Rescue Technician


Designed to take students from basic over-the-bank low-angle rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios.  Course includes classroom instruction and plenty of hands-on field learning and practicing the following techniques:

  1. Preplanning and size-up of rope rescue operations

  2. Scene management and organization

  3. Knots, hitches, anchor systems

  4. Belaying, lowering and raising systems

  5. Ascending and descending lines

  6. Mechanical advantage systems

  7. Patient packing & litter attending

  8. Special problems and helicopter use

  9. Tethers and high-lines


Ice Rescue Technician


Course provides students with an understanding of ice properties, formations, types, and hazards. Meets requirements for ice rescue technician in 2017 edition NFPA 1006 Chapter 19. 

Course covers:

  1. Rescuer safety skills

  2. Self-rescue techniques

  3. Pre-planning for and size-up of ice rescue incidents

  4. Rope skills.

  5. Victim retrieval


Remote Worker


If your full-time and/or seasonal personnel use any kind of watercraft (pack rafts, sea kayaks, canoes, rafts, jet, or prop boats) to travel in remote areas and wilderness settings to accomplish their work, you should consider the Remote Worker Safety Training Program.

This course addresses the specific problems encountered when working on, over, or adjacent to water. It is designed to meet and exceed the industrial requirements of OSHA 1926.106. Our program provides the essential knowledge and hands-on skills (recognizing and avoiding hazards, self and companion rescue techniques, injury management, and survival) to allow your employees to travel and perform their work in small groups in remote settings safely and effectively.

  1. This course provides the essential knowledge and basic navigation skills to answer the following questions and to safely and effectively plan the trip:
    a. Where am I and where am I going?
    b. Which way do I go to get there or to get back?
    c. How long will it take to get there?
    d. Assess environmental conditions: wind, waves and weather

  2. Identify existing and predictable hazards of the marine environment

  3. Provide the knowledge and skill development to prevent capsize

  4. Obstacle recognition, avoidance and effective paddle strokes or helm maneuvers

  5. Familiarize workers with the use of personal protective equipment

  6. Self rescue/survival swimming techniques (offensive vs defensive swimming)

  7. What to do if you do capsize or flip.

  8. What to do if you cannot avoid a hazard, both in your craft or swimming.

  9. Develop personal survival skills

  10. Familiarize workers with any pre-positioned marine life-support equipment

  11. Develop wildlife awareness skills


Command officer


Water Rescue Technicians and rescue boat crews must operate as a team with multiple technical abilities to perform its missions. They are also part of a larger team that is interacting with the Incident Commander at the incident, and potentially other boat teams.

This course is recommended for water rescue team members, as well as individuals who will manage the teams of first responders and technical rescuers at water and flood incidents, to enhance the top down capability of the technical water rescue program.

Course includes:

  1. An on-river afternoon session to teach essential personal knowledge and self-rescue skills to safely operate in the operational zone at water and flood rescues.




This course is designed for professional guides, private boaters, fish and game personnel, and others who work or play on or around flowing water. Students learn to use techniques and simple equipment to assess and perform river rescues. Focus is on real problems boaters might face with emphasis on speedy, low-tech, and improvised rescue techniques that require minimal equipment.

Skills covered include:

  1. accomplishing a shore-based water rescue using generally accepted reach and throw techniques

  2. in-water self-rescue and safety techniques

  3. dealing with water-related medical emergencies

  4. basic boat-based rescue concerns and techniques




For boaters wanting to gain the knowledge and skill necessary to operate on the open water and in the marina in a safe and skilled manner.  Course consists of a mix of classroom and on the water training. 

Topics covered include:

  1. Safety equipment requirements

  2. Boat handling philosophy

  3. Coast guard “Rules of the Road”

  4. Basic marlinspike for boaters

  5. Hands on boat operation



Price Upon Request

Designed to meet the NFPA requirements for fire service organizations requiring all personnel to be trained up to an operations level in order to maintain NFPA water rescue technician level responders. 

This an 8-hour training course covering:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of rescue support personnel

  2. Communications specific to water rescue

  3. Early recognition and understanding of limitations



Price Upon Request

We offer courses for experienced and qualified candidates to become instructors in the above listed disciplines.  Training of instructors within your organization gives validity to your ongoing training program.  Internal authorized instruction, along with third party evaluation, provides a solid foundation for your organizations training program and increases the quality of ongoing training that your members receive.

These courses vary in length and cost by discipline, but OSR would be honored to talk with you to determine the needs of your organization and how we can best help you accomplish your training goals.  Please, contact us, so we can begin to help you build a successful training program.


Prices Vary by Course

OSR offers refresher courses for all of the technical rescue courses we provide.  In an effort to ensure that technician skills are kept sharp and current, our technician level certifications must be renewed every 3 years with the appropriate refresher course.  These course are offered at a lower cost and with less time required for participants than the initial certification course.  We are proud to serve the rescuers in our communities by continuing to provide them with the confidence and skills needed to perform their duties safely and effectively.

*Courses have minimum attendee requirements and prices may vary by location and custom course changes.

Only candidates who show proficiency in the necessary job performance skills will receive certification.

Certifications are good for 3 years.  Recertification course required for maintenance.