Trip Leader First Aid River Rescue | First Aid Swiftwater Rescue

Trip Leader Training

Man Attached to a Rope, Forging Across a River

Our American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue is the best trip leader training program for rafting guides eager to advance in the whitewater rafting industry. Our whitewater raft guide continuing education program gets participants first aid and Swiftwater rescue training in a comprehensive, dedicated to real life scenarios with the best whitewater instructor in Maine. With over 20 years guiding, trip leading and teaching Swiftwater river rescue for whitewater rafting guides, whitewater boaters, EMS, wardens and wilderness advanced medical training this combined course is the best opportunity for raft guides to achieve trip leader status required by Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for commercial whitewater rafting in Northeast Whitewater Trip Leader First Aid River Rescue 3-day training program.

Program break down: Wilderness First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Add whitewater and we have 3 days of first aid on water whitewater classroom ideal for boaters, raft guides and whitewater enthusiasts. First aid training is handled on Swiftwater rivers utilizing our wilderness surroundings and whitewater equipment for an action packed, scenario driven program. We prepare students for emergency situations that involve prolonged patient care, severe environments (wet, cold and remote), using improvised equipment. Upon successful completion students accomplish American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications and American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue. Plan to work through real life scenario focused assessments regarding Systems Based Critical Thinking; Patient Assessment System; Circulatory & Respiratory Systems; Adult CPR; Basic Life Support; Spine Management; Musculoskeletal Injuries; Lifts, Moves, and Extrications; Dislocations; Allergies and Anaphylaxis; Improvised Patient Carries; and lots of Patient Assessment Drills.


This course is scheduled for 3-days or 24-30 hours of instructional and practice time both on and off the water. Upon successful completion students accomplish American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid and CPR certifications and American Canoe Association Swiftwater Rescue. Certification is valid for two years.

Included Materials

All teaching materials will be at no additional cost. Students will receive the following in this course:

  • SOAP Notebook
  • ACA Swiftwater Rescue Training Guide
  • Wilderness First Aid Class Notes


River gear. Wetsuits available if needed. You will practice scenarios; guaranteed to get wet, a little dirty and be laying on the ground for short periods of time. Layering your clothing and bringing extra clothes along is essential. Good footwear for being on the water dealing with any weather.

Course Details

Northeast Whitewater Lodge, Campground & Guide Service is located on the southern tip of Moosehead Lake in Shirley, Maine. River venue TBA. Tent Camping and Bunk Style Yurts are available for rental during the course. Plan to bring snacks and a bag lunch each day. We are located between the lake towns of Monson and Greenville, Maine, where there are shops, restaurants, pubs and a grocery store.

For more information about our Trip Leader First Aid River Rescue Training Course contact us.

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