Water Rescue

ACA rescue courses focus on the small group of paddlers, utilizing materials on hand and with the focus on rescue group safety, and technical skills.

Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester

The Landmark Outdoor Educator Semester is a combined course experience taught May-June each year for rising professionals in the outdoor education and recreation fields. This combination of nationally recognized certification trainings offers students an opportunity to make themselves marketable in the outdoor community, building a resume founded in national standards.  Training does not substitute for experience, however training helps folks gain the work that furthers their outdoor professional career.

Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), over 2.5 days, is where instructors assess Instructor Candidate demonstrations and teaching technique, providing feedback for improvement. Instructor candidates receive an exit interview with specific recommendations and 2-4 teaching assignments for the Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). The ICE is an additional 2.5 days and Instructor Candidates’ teaching and demonstration skills are evaluated by course instructors to determine instructional status with the ACA.

Level 4: Whitewater Kayaking Instructor

The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), over 2.5 days, is where instructors assess Instructor Candidate demonstrations and teaching technique, providing feedback for improvement. Instructor candidates receive an exit interview with specific recommendations and 2-4 teaching assignments for the Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). Over an additional 2.5 days, Instructor Candidates’ teaching and demonstration skills are evaluated by course instructors to determine instructional status with the ACA.

Level 4: Whitewater Canoeing Instructor

The Instructor Development Workshop (IDW), over 2.5 days, is where instructors assess Instructor Candidate demonstrations and teaching technique, providing feedback for improvement. Instructor candidates receive an exit interview with specific recommendations and 2-4 teaching assignments for the Instructor Certification Exam (ICE). Over an additional 2.5 days, Instructor Candidates’ teaching and demonstration skills are evaluated by course instructors to determine instructional status with the ACA.

Level 5: Advanced Swiftwater Rescue

This advanced course consists of 1-2 more days of additional training in technical rescue and multiple scenarios. It is designed for individuals who have completed a Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue course within the last three years. Course objectives include:

  • Reinforce basic rescue skills, including swimming/self rescue, throw ropes, and boat based rescue
  • Practice skills during multiple scenarios
  • Refine and extend critical judgment through multiple scenarios
  • Develop and practice more advanced rope-based and in-water skills

Level 4: Swiftwater Rescue

This two-day comprehensive workshop includes hands-on practice time and advanced rescue techniques. Information is tied together at the end of the course with a mock rescue scenario. Course objectives will include:

Level 3: River Safety and Rescue

A one-day workshop that covers the essential topics of river rescue. Information is tied together at the end of the course with a mock rescue scenario. Course objectives will include:

Wilderness StarGuard® Instructor Training

After satisfactory completion of the Wilderness StarGuard® program, participants can take this additional three-day training to become an Instructor candidate of the program. Apprenticeships follow, before the Instructor candidates are able to offer these programs on their own under the auspices of the Starfish Aquatics Institute. Contact our office for more information and updated course availability.

Wilderness StarGuard®

The Wilderness StarGuard® is a cutting edge course designed to meet the needs of wilderness trip leaders with a focus on prevention. This remote application to aquatic rescue courses can be taken alone as a primary training, as an add-on module to the StarGuard® course, or as a module for current lifeguards.

Site assessment, swimmer assessment, and improvising lifeguarding equipment are key components that differentiate this course from traditional waterfront courses.