Course Prerequisites

Rigging for Rescue offers three programs that must be taken in order.

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rope rescue courses

RfR - Fundamentals Program

RfR – Fundamentals requires a solid base level of experience and skill in ropework.
rope rescue courses

RfR - Specialty Techniques

RfR – Specialty Techniques is available to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Fundamentals or who possess very solid technical rope rescue skills. Please inquire for eligibility.

RfR - Update and Beyond

Update and Beyond is available to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Specialty Techniques
or the original
RfR – The Seminar 7-day program.

Rigging for Rescue also offers four specialty programs.

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rope rescue courses

Self Rescue and Small Team Response

Available to participants who have a solid base level of experience and skill in ropework and an interest in companion rescue and ‘ground-up’ approaches. Also open to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Fundamentals.
rope rescue courses

Waterfall Ice Workshop

Available to participants who have a solid base level of experience and skill in ropework and an interest in companion rescue and ‘ground-up’ approaches. It is also open to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Fundamentals.
rope rescue courses

Patient Care Workshop

The Patient Care Workshop is available to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Fundamentals, or the original RfR – The Seminar 7-day program
rope rescue courses

Specialized Highlines and Guiding Lines

Highlines and Guiding Lines is available to participants who have previously attended
RfR – Fundamentals or the original RfR – The Seminar 7-day program.

Rigging for Rescue Seminars are not introductory “how to” seminars, but rather in-depth inquiry-based offerings that focus on critical thinking and systems analysis. We specifically cater to those people who want to go further to understand the “whys” of technical rope work principles and systems. We will start with a review of basic concepts and quickly build on these throughout the seminar to arrive at systems that are more complex by the end of the week.

Our approach to rope rescue education is to offer programs that are at an instructor level. By instructor level, we mean that we do not spend much time on basic rigging techniques such as: knots, ties, ascending, descending, donning personal equipment, etc. Participants should have this knowledge well in hand. However, we do spend considerable time and effort to present the background research and testing, as well as physics principles, behind the techniques taught – additional information that an instructor should have before teaching techniques to others at a simpler level.

In an effort to create a rich forum for learning, prior to each seminar we request all participants be able to:

  • don all personal protective equipment
  • demonstrate proficiency in basic knots & ties
  • ascend/descend a rope
  • construct a multi-point anchor
  • utilize commonly accepted rope rescue, ropework, and climbing terminology regarding topics & techniques

  • all of the requirements for Any Programs, PLUS:
  • demonstrate solid climbing skills with a desire to enhance companion rescue skills
  • possess a basic familiarity with placement of traditional climbing anchors such as wedges, hexes, and spring loaded camming devices