Rescue Courses

IWLS is dedicated to raising outdoor industry standards around the world and is continually doing so. The experience of our instructors and guides comes from decades of teaching rescue courses and leading expeditions around the globe.  Despite all of the preparation, organization, and safety consciousness that go into a wilderness expedition, things can, and do, go awry. This demands that outdoor leaders and professionals have the skills to avoid and manage potential mishaps in a backcountry environment.

The International Wilderness Leadership School offers a full spectrum of rescue courses for outdoor enthusiasts and professionals. Whether embarking on whitewater adventures, skiing out of bounds at your favorite ski area, or climbing at your local crag, these rescue courses not only give you the skills to deal with emergencies in a challenging environment, but they help develop a professional awareness of safety and good judgment in the backcountry.

Avalanche Courses

Levels I, II, and III taught for backcountry skiers and snowboarders, winter enthusiasts, and professional guides. Learn to travel safely in a snowy mountain environment.

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High and Low Angle Rescue

Hauling systems, rope management, and real time scenarios in a controlled environment. These rescue courses are essential for guides working in a vertical environment, search and rescue professionals, or climbers looking to take their safety awareness and rescue skills to the next level.

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Swiftwater Rescue

Any prospective raft guide or river runner needs this professional level certification.

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Sea Kayaking Rescue

Taught by certified American Canoe Association instructors, these rescue courses are generally incorporated into our 12 and 24 day kayaking programs. These skills are also taught as a separate 3 day course.

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Professional Incident Response

A comprehensive 80 hour course in risk management and incident response. This IWLS course covers everything from press releases and witness statements to incident command and communications.

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Professional Wilderness Rescue

A 12 day course incorporating avalanche safety, swiftwater rescue, risk management, and high angle rescue.