Emergency Response

Rescue from Vehicles in Water

Course Summary

Specialized training for responding to vehicles trapped in swiftwater environments

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


1 day (8 hours)


Based in a controlled river environment


Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

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



Repeat the entire course at a 30% discount every three years

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice

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.

Takeaways & Documentation
  • 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

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

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


Mar 3-4

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Squamish, BC

Mar 3-5

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC

Apr 7-8

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Squamish, BC

Apr 7-9

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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Adam Galbraith
Fulltime Firefighter

As a full time firefighter in the lower mainland, I have been to many courses, and by far this one was one of the best! Craig Gerrard is born to do this. Not only is he a wealth of important knowledge, he is able to communicate this knowledge without ego, in a positive manner, that harbours a fun, challenging, and useful course.


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