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

April 30-May 2

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $529
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB (HeLa)
Register

April 30-May 1

Swiftwater Operations

  • $419
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB (HeLa)
Register

May 18-20

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $479
  • Saskatoon/La Ronge, SK
Register

May 18-19

Swiftwater Operations

  • $369
  • Saskatoon/La Ronge, SK
Register
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EQUIPMENT

Medium Boat Wrap Kit

Medium wrap kit designed for larger rafts or small motorized boats.

Contact us for pricing

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TESTIMONIALS

Darren Saare
Port Alberni Search & Rescue

Once again it was great working with Raven Rescue. The course environment was a challenge, since we were in heavy flood conditions, but Craig did a great job of adjusting the curriculum to meet the needs of the participants while maintaining a sufficient level of safety amongst heavy debris, massive whirlpools and somewhat bizarrely... a couple of huge sea lions that strayed up the river to play in the chaos.

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