Business At A Glance
Startup Costs: $10,000 – $50,000
Part Time: Can be operated part-time.
Online Operation? No
On the surface, starting a business thatspecializes in training students river rescue techniques may not seemto be a very viable business opportunity. However, if careful thoughtis given, you soon realize how important and profitable this businesscan be.
Did you know that more than 4,000 people in the Untied Statesdrown each year, and the leading category of drowning deaths isfishermen who are swept away in moving water’often witnessed by others?Many of these deaths could have been prevented had the witnesses ofthese drownings been taught river rescue techniques. The businessrequires the instructor of the program to acquire a river rescueinstruction certificate, which can be gained by successfully completinga practical and written examination. Equipment such as throw bags,ropes, and safety harnesses will also be needed to conduct theinstructional courses. Most of the equipment is available for purchaseat recreational outdoor retailers. Potential clients for a river rescueinstruction service include police and fire departments, sports clubsand organizations, fishermen, search and rescue teams, canoe and kayakassociations, and all other outdoor enthusiasts.