Frequently Asked Questions

Who is Rescue 3 International?
Rescue 3 International is an organization focused on providing practical, real world experience. To this end, all of Rescue 3's instructors are professionals working in the disciplines they teach. They include paramedics, firefighters, law enforcement officers, Search and Rescue team members, as well as river guides and military personnel. While Rescue 3's instructors come from a wide variety of fields, they all share the drive to save lives and teach others life saving techniques.

What is the NFPA?
The mission of the international nonprofit NFPA is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating consensus codes and standards, research, training, and education. NFPA membership totals more than 79,000 individuals from around the world and more than 80 national trade and professional organizations.Established in 1896, NFPA serves as the world's leading advocate of fire prevention and is an authoritative source on public safety.

Why the NFPA?
Unless you are an emergency or rescue professional it probably isn’t necessary that your courses meet NFPA standards. Essentially, courses that meet NFPA standards cover more logistics and protocol for professional response to emergency situations and interagency communication among other things. These standards are very important for our rescue professionals but are less relevant for the recreational boater. Courses that meet NFPA standards generally spend a few more hours dedicated to classroom instruction going over these standards. For that reason, we have many of our own custom courses that cover much of the same material without laboring over NFPA codes and standards for those who need just the training, not necessarily the certification.

What are Awareness, Operations, and Technician Levels?
Awareness level courses familiarize a person, who in the course of their duties, might be first on-scene for a water or rope incident. This level familiarizes the student with hazards to be aware of and procedures to follow, but the Awareness level responder is not a rescuer. The training is entirely hands off.

Operations level responders have one day of classroom instruction followed by one day of practical field exercise. Students are trained in hazard recognition, self-rescue skills, and basic equipment use. Operations level responders can employ low-risk rescue techniques and can assist Technician level responders with more complicated scenarios.
Tehcnician level responders are trained for the most involved role in the rescue. Technicians get trained in advanced rescue techniques and use of equipment for responding to emergencies.

What does it take to keep my certification current?
Depending on the certification, it may be valid for two or three years ( for most courses). In order to stay current you need to recertify by going through the course again before it expires. For most courses the cost is half the normal price for a recertfication, but the course length is the same.

What equipment do I need for a water course?
Wave Trek Rescue has some wetsuits, booties, helmets, and PFD’s available for use. However, and especially for the upper level courses, students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear and rescue gear for courses. Also see equipment needs that accompany course descriptions.

Equipment Needed:

  • wetsuit or drysuit
  • PFD (life jacket)
  • helmet
  • water booties or tennis shoes
  • non-cotton long underwear
  • kayak and accessories (for kayak classes)

What equipment do I need for a ropes course?
Wave Trek Rescue has harnesses and helmets available, but students are encouraged to bring their own gear whenever possible. See course descriptions for class specific needs.

Equipment Needed:

  • hiking boots
  • coveralls or heavy clothing
  • helmet
  • harness
  • rain gear
  • gloves

Can I set up a class in my area?
Yes. For most courses that we offer, if you have a group of 8 or more we will come to you to teach in your area. Call or email us for a quote and availability.

Can I set up a class if none is scheduled?
Yes. If we can get a class of 6 or more people we will set up a course here at our facility in Index. Call for availability.