Alaska Rescue - Training for Swiftwater Rescue, Rope Rescue, Ice Rescue , Industrial Rope Rescue, Motorized and Non-Motorized Boat Training, OSHA, NIMS and/or NFPA Compliant . US Coast Guard approved 100 Ton & OUPV (Captain's or 6 pack license) and Restricted OUPV on the Freshwater and Rivers of Western Alaska

If your full-time and/or seasonal personnel use any kind of watercraft (pack rafts, sea kayaks, canoes, rafts, jet, or prop boats) to travel in remote areas and wilderness settings to accomplish their work, you should consider Alaska Rescue’s Remote Worker Safety Training Program.

This 40-hour course addresses the specific problems encountered when working on, over, or adjacent to water. It is designed to meet and exceed the industrial requirements of OSHA 1926.106. Our program provides the essential knowledge and hands-on skills (recognizing and avoiding hazards, self and companion rescue techniques, injury management, and survival) to allow your employees to travel and perform their work in small groups in remote settings safely and effectively.

Alaska Rescue specializes in developing a training program specific to your needs and mode(s) of travel. Our training is “hands-on” and water intensive so bring your dry or wetsuits!

Course objectives:

There are core skills and knowledge that are cross-disciplinary for remote workers regardless of the specific mode of travel over water.

  • Pre-planning is often given lip service but no real skills are provided which help workers prepare for the upcoming journey in an educated way. This course provides the essential knowledge and basic navigation skills to answer the following questions and to safely and effectively plan the trip:
    • Where am I and where am I going?
    • Which way do I go to get there or to get back?
    • How long will it take to get there?

  • Assess environmental conditions: wind, waves and weather can pose hazards to water travelers. Alaska weather is notorious for its ability to change quickly and dramatically. This course will provide the skills to read and interpret a weather map and forecast to make an informed go/no go decision.

  • Identify existing and predictable hazards of the marine environment and threats to worker safety when traveling in near-coastal tidal waters or on fresh water lakes and rivers.

  • Familiarize the worker with safety and survival techniques and methods to reduce drowning and exposure. Skill development in the watercraft that the remote workers are operating and traveling in, to safely and effectively negotiate those hazards to allow them to perform their tasks safely.

  • Provide the knowledge and skill development to prevent capsizes or unplanned swims. Obstacle recognition and avoidance and effective paddle strokes or helm maneuvers help! Practice in the specific watercraft that the remote workers are operating and traveling in allows them to more effectively negotiate hazards and perform their tasks safely.

  • Familiarize workers with the use of personal protective equipment and in-water self rescue/survival swimming techniques (offensive vs defensive swimming

  • positions-which to use when). What to do if you do capsize or flip. What to do if you cannot avoid a hazard, both in your craft or swimming.

  • Develop personal survival skills. Despite all attempts to prevent them, accidents do occur in remote travel. The 7 steps of survival provide a comprehensive survival plan that should start before you step foot in your craft.

  • Familiarize workers with any pre-positioned marine life-support equipment, its function and proper use.

  • Develop wildlife awareness skills and discuss appropriate behavior around dangerous wildlife.

Remote Worker Safety Curriculum Overview:

A technical knowledge pre-test will be administered in the class, and may be kept as a study guide. A performance based skill sheet is provided and filled out.

The course involves a classroom component to provide essential knowledge for skill development. The hands-on training is designed to develop a high degree of proficiency in the craft they will be operating to allow safe and effective performance of their work in remote settings.

On successful completion of the performance based skill sheet, students will receive (1) a certificate of training and (2) a copy of their skill sheet for their training folder.

Program information: This course is OSHA, ANSI, NFPA, and NIMS compliant.

Class Size: Alaska Rescue maintains a 12:1 student to instructor ratio for non-motorized watercraft courses. We recommend a maximum 6:1 student to instructor ratio for motorized boat courses to provide a maximum opportunity for skill development. If class size is greater than the 12:1 or 6:1 ratio, more than one instructor can be brought in to accommodate the larger class.

Student Requirements: Fitness to participate. Students should bring appropriate Personal Protective Equipment for the hands-on training in the boats and in-water training. PPE includes helmet, PFD with whistle and safety knife, drysuit or wetsuit (drysuit highly recommended), appropriate wool or fleece layers, neoprene water gloves, neoprene water booties. Students will provide their own pack raft, sea kayak, canoe, or whitewater rafts or motorized boats that they will be operating.
Note: w/w raft or motorized boat is provided in Haines, Alaska based courses.

  • Haines, Alaska
  • Your facility or other arrangements as determined on a custom basis.

  • For courses delivered in Haines, Alaska - $495 / student based on an 8 person minimum
  • Our curriculum is recognized nationally and can be customized to your specific requirements and delivered nationwide. Alaska Rescue instructors frequently travel to the student’s location to present the training in their conditions and in the specific craft they operate for work.
  • Please call to discuss a proposal and cost estimate based on your specific needs.
  • Shorter or longer courses can be provided as necessary to meet your training needs.

Class Date: To Be Determined
Classes will normally begin at 8 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. unless other scheduling arrangements (shift change, etc.) are pre-arranged. The training may be provided over a period of sessions as necessary to meet the 40-hour course requirement.

Other course information:
Alaska Rescue instructors are experienced guides and remote travelers in Alaska. In keeping with Alaska Rescue’s commitment to provide the optimum training to our clients, all of our staff are experienced rescue team members, trained and certified as Rescue Boat Operators in both motorized and non-motorized craft, Swift Water Rescue Technicians, Technical Rope Rescue Technicians and First Aid and CPR certified.

We provide custom training for those who are traveling recreationally, working for the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish & Game, BLM, working as university or private company researchers, or working as guides for raft or sea kayak companies. Our specialty is in working with government agencies, private companies, and universities to develop and improve their employee’s skills so they are assets while working afield and/or afloat. We have the experience, training and specialized equipment to perform these operations properly, providing your workers a safer work environment.

In addition to the preceding, OSHA industrial requirements require an employer to comply with all other applicable standards including, but not limited to, the requirements that an injured employee be treated by medical personnel or an employee certified in first aid within three (3) to four (4) minutes from the time the injury occurred. This could mean that first aid treatment would have to begin in the remote setting. Contact Alaska Rescue if we can help provide your staff with first aid training and certification, whether on water or land operations. Our instructors are experienced trainers and bring a wealth of personal experience gained in working in remote locations, cold water, areas with potentially long transport times and other situations that are typically encountered in Alaska.