Hello Colleagues, it’s February of 2020 and we would like to share with you where we currently have instructors who are qualified by the International Rescue Instructors Association.

The following nations are supporting select instructors.

  1. Canada
  2. United States
  3. Norway
  4. Chile

As you are aware we are updating our training outreach so we can support additional instructor and program needs worldwide.

Primarily our legacy instructors are from North America and Chile. By adding these new regions we are modernizing our outreach for the further development of your potential.

Our goals are to be operating in the following countries once we complete our IRIA Assessor Training Program translations.

  1. Asia
  2. Australia
  3. Europe
  4. South America

Currently, we do not have any instructors in the Asian or Australian regions. We are working on our translations to other languages, cultures and country of origin rules. It’s a big job to ensure the authenticity and accuracy of the IRIA Standards Matrix(r) transfers well across the board.

We know when this important update is completed that we will be able to fulfill those areas with professional and competent instructor candidate and program reviews.

Thanks for believing in the IRIA.

Our founders were first generation water rescue specialists, who wrote the book; because they worked the water, the river, the flood and they dared to share.

Thank you for all the contacts we have been receiving, your interest is a great motivator for us!

IRIA Board

Be Safe and Be Well

IRIA Safety Wellness

April 1, 2020


Coronavirus Update Pandemic

Hello Colleagues,

It has been nearly a century that the world has faced such a health disaster.  We would like to extend our sincerest condolences to the first responders and health care providers who have lost their lives to this viral pandemic.  Their calling is noble and their loss significant. Our condolences to their surviving loved ones.

Like many in our field, we respect the quarantine and the challenges that are being faced.  We recognize that training programs are postponed and agree with this measure for public safety.

As we quarantine we will be closed and re-open for future business when the all clear sign is given.

Until then, we wish you all Godspeed, safety and the best of health.  Stay steady and endure. We will all return stronger and ready to serve.

Best to all


Advisory Board Formation Announcement

We have been putting together our Advisory Board that will serve the regions of South America, Australia, Europe and Asia!

IRIA has 5 regional zones internationally that are currently under revision for updating the IRIA outreach for instructor qualifications and program audits.

IRIA Advisory Board

IRIA Asia Advisory Board

IRIA Australia Advisory Board

IRIA Europe Advisory Board

IRIA South America Advisory Board

We are working hard to bring world class structure to the scrutiny process of the sacred trust invested in the stewardship of instructors who assist, guide, mentor and train the next generation of water rescue specialists.

February 2020 Update

2020 February Progress Update.
Thanks for your contacts we have been receiving, we have met great people from all over the world in 2020! Currently we are restructuring our regions and updating our programs to meet the demand.

We will be opening up registration as soon as we are completed with our regional goals. We appreciate your patience, but the wait will be well worth the results!

Stay Tuned and be safe out there, because safety means danger!

IRIA Board of Directors

2020 IRIA Asia Announcement

Public Awareness Announcement

Reference:   Use of the acronym “IRIA” Trade Name by Unauthorized Organizations and Websites

International Rescue Instructors Association (IRIA.org), formerly known as the International Rescue Instructors Alliance,  owns and licenses numerous Trademarks™, Copyrights©, and Registered Trademark® which includes the acronym “IRIA” and is protected by copyright laws and international copyright treaties, for the exclusive use by its membership.

International Rescue Instructors Association/Alliance began to operate formally in 1999, based on the work started in 1995 by Canadian and US rescue and safety instructors including Jim Segerstrom (USA), and Jim Lavalley (Canada) who are recognized as international court subject-matter experts in Swiftwater.


There is only one IRIA

The acronym “IRIA” was created by the founding members of the International Rescue Instructors Association/Alliance, and one can trace the acronym use back to 1984 when Rescue Instructors Association (RIA) was created.

It has come to our attention that organizations and websites have and are using a domain name similar to the IRIA.org brand name but have a slight difference.  Particularly of concern are organizations and websites based in Asia and Taiwan, where the acronym “IRIA” is being used with a slight change in one character thus looks striking similar to the original IRIA.org.

The organization(s) called “IRIA-ASIA.ORG” and “IRIA-ADVISER.ORG”, are using the acronym “IRIA” in their name which implies it has, or had a connection with the International Rescue Instructors Association/Alliance.

For the record, the organizations calling themselves “IRIA-ASIA.ORG” and/or “IRIA-ADVISER.ORG” are not members nor have an affiliation and relationship with the International Rescue Instructors Association/Alliance.

There is only one original IRIA.org; it’s the International Rescue Instructors Association.

For further information, please contact us.

Michael Stegemann
Managing Director

Email: man.dir@iria.org

New standards for Swiftwater Rescue

The IRIA have been working carefully for the past few years to expand and improve the risk management matrix in order that responders can quickly apply in the field.

Jim Lavalley of Rescue Canada has been involved in the outlining of strategies that would reduce the chance of injury.