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Rescue Programme

Drowning is the third-highest cause of accidental death in New Zealand, and its unforgiving river waters claim an average of 32 people a year. But with essential knowledge, skills development and approved personal protective equipment, many of the risks associated with rivers and floodwaters can be greatly reduced. 

The Vector Wero Whitewater Park Rescue Programmes arerecommended for all people and personnel who operate around swift-water environments. It has been designed to train personnel in staying safe around swift-moving water, to give basic self-safety and peer-safety strategies and rescue skills, and to help them recognise when they need assistance.

The programme is delivered at Vector Wero Whitewater Park, New Zealand’s first and only artificial white water facility. It is a highly controlled environment designed with the highest safety standards and best practices. The park attracts international clientele including the US military special forces and South Australian State Emergency Service. 


The objectives of the programme are:

  • To improve the participants’ water safety knowledge and experience
  • To develop a range of skills to assist oneself and others
  • To promote safe use of New Zealand waterways
  • For participants to gain an internationally recognised qualification

The training courses will help knowledge and skills development to:

  • Recognise river features and their effects
  • Understand river and search terminology
  • Move safely in and around a river environment up to Grade 2+ including safe swimming and river crossing techniques
  • Perform non-technical self and peer rescues in a river environment up to Grade 2
  • Use of equipment for the swiftwater environment
  • Basic rescue techniques including signals, throw bags
  • Practical exercises testing skill integration

For bookings and enquiries, please call (09) 976 7777 or use the contact form.

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