Recreational River Safety (RECRS)

The half-day course is based on international best practice, including the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council’s river safety resources and covers river crossing decision making, shallow water crossing techniques (solo and group), river swimming survival techniques, use of throw-bags and where required, pack floats and wader safety drills are covered. This course is aimed at recreational users only.

Contact hours

4 hours


  • Must be a confident swimmer.
  • Minimum age: 18.

Qualification valid for

3 years


Recreational River Safety (RECRS)

Recerted by

Recreational River Safety (RECRS)
Basic Water First Responder (BWFR)
Operations: Swiftwater and Flood First Responder (OPS)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician (SRT)
Whitewater Rescue for Paddlers (WRP)
Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT)

Taught by

Basic Water First Responder Instructor (BWFRI)
Operations: Swiftwater First Responder Instructor (OPSI)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technician Instructor (SRTI)
Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Advanced Instructor (SRTAI)
Whitewater Rescue for Paddlers Instructor (WRPI)
Whitewater Rescue Technician Instructor (WRTI)