Emergency Response

Rescue from Vehicles in Water

Specialized training.

The course explores the advanced swiftwater and technical rope rescue techniques necessary when responding to incidents involving vehicles in moving water. The curriculum includes vehicle behaviour, vehicle stabilization, and risk mitigation, as well as access techniques and casualty extrication. It features a secure in-water training vehicle in a controlled river environment for a realistic learning experience. Meets and exceeds NFPA 1670 and 1006 requirements as well as Canadian WCB and OHS standards.

This advanced course is specially-designed for those already certified to the Swiftwater Rescue Technician level (current certification required). It was developed by Rescue 3 International and offered for the first time in Canada in September 2012. 

Organize a private course for your personnel, or register for an open enrolment (public) course as part of our annual Technical Rescue Academy.

Course Details

Duration: 1 day (8 hours)
Format: Based in a controlled river environment.
Participants: Minimum 8. Maximum 12.
Price: $299
Annual Training Maintenance: Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.
Recertification: Repeat the course.

Pre-requisites

  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
  • Current SRT 1 or SRT Advanced certification (or equivalent)

Required Equipment

  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Neoprene gloves (optional)
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Head lamp
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants and socks

* Rental equipment available. Click here for a price list.

Objectives

  • To develop an understanding of the techniques required for stabilization of vehicles in water.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge necessary to extricate casualties from vehicles in water.

Take Aways

  • Field Guide: Rescue from Vehicles in Water
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (a valuable document for risk management)
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3’s international database
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number and date of certification
  • Certificate of Completion

Course Outline

Day 1: River session

  • Theory of in-water vehicle behaviour
  • Hazard assessment
  • Vehicle stabilization & risk mitigation
  • Vehicle stabilization
  • Access techniques
  • Casualty extrication techniques

FAQs - Swiftwater Rescue Courses

More details about swiftwater courses including what to expect and how to prepare. Click here for our Swiftwater FAQ.

WATER TRAINING

Oct 3-4

Swiftwater Operations

  • $369
  • Thunder Bay, ON
Register

Oct 3-5

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $479
  • Thunder Bay, ON
Register

Oct 20-22

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $479
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Oct 20-21

Swiftwater Operations

  • $369
  • Squamish, BC
Register
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TESTIMONIALS

What a great course you and your crew put on for us at Crimson Lake – as a greenhorn, I expected to learn a lot, and I did. Your instructors did an excellent job catering to every skill level, were extremely knowledgeable, and I walked away with a lot more confidence!

Stefanie van Huystee, Biologist, Alberta Conservation Association

Wouldn’t you know it, last night at midnight we had a jumper off the bridge. The boy’s had him in the boat within minutes. Thanks to the training you provided us with, the call was very successful [7 hours after his department completed a Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator course.]

Jason Milne, Captain, Kootenay Boundary Regional Fire Rescue

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