This is a classroom-based 3-day SCS-certified course in basic rope rescue which is the introduction to rope rescue operations, and principles involving rescue rope. It is available from SCS when requested to suit your schedule, with a minimum of 5 student enrollments required.

This course is designed as an entry-level rope rescue program, which introduces you to the rope rescue environment, personal rope skills, rescue legislation, and standards regarding rope rescue and rope operations. The course consists of both classroom as well as practical field instruction, with an emphasis on personal skills and safety.

Course Content

In this course, you will learn basic rope systems, rescue equipment familiarization, and rope rescue skills. Course topics include the following:

  • Personal safety/personal protective gear
  • Personal rope skills (ropes and knots)
  • Legislation and rope rescue standards
  • Basic rope principles
  • Basic rigging and anchoring
  • Personal rappelling/self-rescue
  • Basic incident command (ICS)
  • Basic rope operations
  • Rescue equipment selection, maintenance and inspection
  • Safety checks
  • Scene surveys
  • Hazard assessments

Successful completion requires passing a written exam and demonstrating practical skills.

Note that this is a basic rope rescue program, which will not allow the individual to work in a rescue environment nor will it allow the individual to perform a rescue. This program will give the student the personal skills to move into the SCS Rope Rescue Level 2 (Intermediate) program.

Prerequisites and PPE

To enroll in this course, you must be 18 years old, be in good physical condition, and be comfortable at heights (no acrophobia). You also need to have proof of current fall arrest certification.

The required PPE includes CSA-approved steel toed boots, safety glasses, leather gloves, coveralls, and/or appropriate clothing for inclement weather conditions.

Note: All courses require you to have government-issued photo ID.