• Warm synthetic layers for classroom activity and on-land training sessions
  • Clothing for in-river activities (adjusted to wetsuit or drysuit)
  • Dry clothing to change into after class
  • Rain jacket/pants for on-land demonstrations in poor weather
  • Warm gloves for outside classroom time
  • Warm hat or sunhat (weather dependent)

Equipment list:

  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD) – type III or V (rescue vest recommended, but not necessary)
  • River knife (one handed accessible) – a backup knife stored in PFD pocket is recommended
  • Helmet intended for whitewater application
  • Wetsuit or Drysuit (speak with your instructor to gauge projected water temperature)
  • A dry top is advisable if you are using a wetsuit (certain course sites will be “dry suit only” for course participation)
  • River booties or sneakers appropriate for river swimming – closes toed shoes with a grippy sole
  • River gloves (Not necessary, but nice to have)
  • River whistle (one handed accessible and attached to your PFD)

For questions concerning your gear, please contact us.

Although all group technical rescue gear is provided, we invite students to bring their own rescue gear to experiment with application and gain a strong understanding of equipment limitations. Please note: If the instructor deems your gear non-functional it will not be permitted in class. NO non-locking carabiners will be allowed.


  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Food and snacks for the day
  • Drinking water

What SSI provides:

All group rescue equipment including ropes, webbing, carabiners, pulleys, throw-bags and all other technical rescue gear. SSI also provides a field training manual, on-land and in-river instruction, all teaching material and a course completion wallet card as well as on-going administrative support and record keeping.