That was seriously misleading. WRT course is not Whitewater Rescue Technician, it's just Water Rescue Technician? Heres another W acronym - WTF Lifesaving Resources!
You're right Eric, that was unfair to call that the norm and there our great Rescue 3 instructors out there. I've also just seen first hand and heard way to many stories of Rescue 3 courses being designed for firefighters not paddlers so I apologize if I've come off jaded. I also would not recommend just signing up for any ACA rescue course offered. There is the zero to hero chance, as you are correct that you can become a certified instructor in 4 days, however I think ALL of our instructors would resent being lumped into that category as they are all very accomplished paddlers with extensive river knowledge, who have safely navigated some of the most difficult rivers on the planet and who have successfully participated in numerous real life rescue situations. No amount of training can really compensate for real world experience IMO.
ACA has allowed us at Downstream Edge to come up with unique rescue courses that can be adapted to paddling groups and which are almost completely scenario based. They also allow us to offer a more affordable course for the average paddler. The courses have been designed over a number of years for paddlers by paddlers and this is definitely not the case with all ACA or Rescue 3 courses and I would venture that we are both in agreement about that.
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