The Swift Water Rescue (SWR) course is a brief but effective course designed to equip you to understand basic principles of river safety and rescue.  This course emphasises identifying risks for individuals and groups, effectively managing simple rescue operations, and practice with the skills necessary to perform basic rescues, including communication principles and signals.  


Led by highly qualified and practiced instructors, the course teaches basic knots and anchor building, throw-bag techniques, and critical tools for effective rescues in a variety of circumstances.  During the course, participants will practice skills both in and out of the water, and will become comfortable performing rescues in real swift water scenarios.  


This course teaches essential skills for anyone in the New Zealand backcountry, and is the baseline standard for anyone leading groups on dayhikes or tramping trips.  


Due to the nature of this course, participants must have basic swimming skills and be willing to get in swift water under the supervision of the instructors.  If you are unsure if this is the best course for you, please contact us to discuss your concerns.  



22nd - 23rd March Queenstown $495 BOOK NOW
2nd - 3rd September Queenstown $495 BOOK NOW
23rd - 24th September Queenstown $495 BOOK NOW
7th - 8th October Nelson $495 BOOK NOW
14th - 15th October Queenstown $495 BOOK NOW




Departs: 9:00am from Station Building (25 Shotover St)

Returns: 5:00pm to Station Building


Bring your own lunch and snacks.


  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Waterbottle
  • Layers if cold - tight fitting to fit under a wetsuit.  (Wetsuit provided)
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Insect repellent

Group size