Technical Rescue Academy

Our Technical Rescue Academy brings together a series of courses – taught by top instructors – specifically designed for fire fighters, search & rescue volunteers, and industrial ERT personnel. Whether you are hoping to gain employment in the emergency response field, or you’re a seasoned veteran – you’re sure to find a course that will expand your operational range.

What’s the deal?

This year’s academy is an all-in event hosted at Strathcona Park Lodge. SPL’s off the grid wilderness retreat and multi-sport haven boasts 160-acres of secluded waterfront, beaches, hiking trails and activity-based infrastructure, all nestled on the shores of Upper Campbell Lake. River training days will take place in Campbell River or Gold River (30 minutes from lodge). Rope days will take place on-site at one of three bluffs, all within 15 minutes walking distance of the Lodge.

Which courses are included in the Academy?

Training you’ll remember when it counts!

No matter how challenging an environment is, our courses in rescue, safety, and medical, are designed to give you the control and confidence to confront any given situation.

Technical Rescue Academy Course Details




Technial Rope Rescue Operator = 5 days

Technical Rope Rescue Technician = 4 days

Swiftwater Technician Level 1 = 3 days

Swiftwater Technician Advance – Water -= 3 days

Total = 15 days of training


Classroom and field


Technial Rope Rescue Operator = minimum 10 / maximum 12

Technical Rope Rescue Technician = minimum 10 / maximum 12

Swiftwater Technician Level 1 = minimum 10 / maximum 12

Swiftwater Technician Advance – Water -= minimum 6 / maximum 8


Technial Rope Rescue Operator

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition

Technical Rope Rescue Technician

Swiftwater Technician Level 1

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition
  • Strong swimming ability

Swiftwater Technician Advance – Water

  • Current SRT1 certification
  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition
  • Strong swimming ability in Class II-III water
2023 Price

Accommodation / Food (3 meals/day)

Head on over to https://strathconaparklodge.com/stay/guest/ to book your accommodation.

  • Use code “Raven20” by April 1st to receive 20% discount on rooms / meals
  • Use code “Raven10” by August 15th to receive 10%  discount on rooms / meals
  • Any accommodation booked after August 16th will be booked at full retail value


  • Technial Rope Rescue Operator = $815
  • Technical Rope Rescue Technician = $895
  • Swiftwater Technician Level 1 = $525
  • Swiftwater Technician Advance – Water = $610

*When booking 2 or more course you will get a 15% discount on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th course.  Discounts on recerts will not be further applied to the existing 15%.

Price also includes:

  1. PFD, helmet and harness
  2. Raven swag bundle (T-shirt, trucker’s hat and buff)
  3. Course texts (see “Takeaways & Documentation”)

Please note:

  • Drysuit rental is not included. See “Required Equipment”
  • Transportation to and from river sites is not included
Required Equipment

Required gear that is included in your course fee

  • Full body harness (Type III or V)
  • Rescue helmet
  • Water helmet
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)

Other required rope gear

  • Sturdy boots (tactical boots or hiking boots are fine, steel toes not required)
  • Pants made of durable material
  • Gloves with leather palms (work gloves are fine)

Other required water gear

  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene footwear with good walking soles, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • 3-4 cyalume “light sticks”
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit, including sweater, pants and socks
Takeaways & Documentation
  • Swiftwater Field Guide
  • Rope Field Guide
  • Personalized skill sheets signed by the instructor
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3’s international database
  • Certificate of completion
  • Rescue 3 ID card

Accommodation and Food

Private Cabins

Private Cabins

Cabins at SPL dot the shores of Upper Campbell Lake ranging from 2 person to 15 person cabins.



Shared accommodation with private bathrooms. Quiet and comfortable on the shores of Upper Campbell Lake.



Hardy meals served 3 times a day on site. Try the famous SPL granola bars and you will see why people request the recipe.

How do I book?

Fill out the form below or give us a call toll free at  (800) 880-0287

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