Recreational Rappel Operator (RECRO)

The four-day course is based on international best practice, including the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council’s abseil instruction resources and covers how to lead group rappeling (abseiling) activities in a recreational context. It includes knots, environmental care, rope physics, technical equipment, anchoring, rappeling, contingency/releasable anchor systems, belaying, coaching new rappellers, emergency drills, ascending, risk management and site management.

This course is aimed at recreational users only and not suitable for public safety or industrial rope access. For those who already hold Technical Rope Rescue Technician Level (TRRTL), Rope Rescue Operator (RRO), or above, we offer a two-day upgrade course. Students may have the opportunity to go on and complete certification as a Recreational Rappel Instructor (RECROI) with Rescue 3 International.

Contact hours

32 hours


  • Minimum age: 18.
  • Must be comfortable working at heights and have previous rappeling (abseiling) experience

Qualification valid for

3 years


Recreational Rappel Operator (RECRO)

Recerted by

Recreational Rappel Operator (RECRO)

Taught by

Recreational Rappel Instructor (RECROI)
Instructor: Rope (InsR)
Rope Rescue Operator Instructor (RROI)
Rope Rescue Technician Instructor (RRTI)
Rope Rescue Specialist Instructor (RRSI)
Rope Rescue Instructor Trainer (RR-IT)
Instructor Rope – Instructor Trainer (InsR-IT)