About Rescue Canada

Founded in 1988 by Jim Lavalley

Rescue Canada was founded in 1988 by Jim Lavalley. In its first year, Rescue Canada became the Canadian agent for Rescue 3 International’s Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) course developed by founder Jim Segerstrom.

Throughout the 90’s Rescue Canada expanded the original SRT program across the country and adapted it to better fit the needs of the different sectors of the swift water industry.


Between 1992 – 1999 Rescue Canada was the first to formalized changes to the SRT course to specifically meet the needs of the Professional River Guide. The company developed the Swift Water Boat Operations and Technician courses for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Rescue Canada courses have become the standard for many Federal, Provincial and Municipal Departments as well as University College Institutions across Canada.  We developed a specialty course for the U.S. Secret Service. In 1999 Rescue Canada Resource Group Inc., became an independent rescue training organization.  The company was the primary agent in Canada for Rescue 3 International for ten years.

Rescue Canada uses research based and industry leading curriculum, providing the highest standard of training. 

Jim Lavalley Rescue Canada

Jim Lavalley


Jim Lavalley is one of Canada’s leading safety and rescue professionals. He is the founder and CEO of Rescue Canada and an international court recognized subject matter expert.

Jim continues to develop and provide research-based training and education as well as develop industry-leading equipment for Force 6 Safety Products.

Jim holds a university degree in Resource Economics and Environmental Science and in the 1970’s was a member of Canada’s National and Olympic bobsled teams.