Emergency Response

Swiftwater Recovery Specialist

Course Summary

Recovery from shallow depth swiftwater environments.

With a curriculum designed by international experts from Rescue 3, this two day course is specially designed for those already certified to the Swiftwater Rescue Technician level (current certification required). It explores the complexities and techniques of body recovery from shallow depth swiftwater environments.

This advanced course was developed by the New Zealand branch of Rescue 3 International based on input from subject experts around the globe. This course is the only one of its kind, and has received international attention based on its comprehensive and thoughtful approach to the subject matter. Rescue 3 New Zealand describes the history and launch of this course on their blog. 

This course was offered for the first time in Canada in spring 2014.  Read about its debut on our blog. The curriculum has been adapted to address the realities of the Canadian legal landscape, as well as the organization of Canadian SAR and emergency response operations.

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

2 days (16 hours)

Format

Classroom

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Current SRT 1 or SRT Advanced certification (or equivalent)
Price

$399

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years.

Annual Training Maintenance

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

Required Equipment

If you intend to participate in the scenario-based components of the course:

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

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Field Guide: Swiftwater Recovery Specialist
  • 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
FAQ

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

Course Outline

Scenario-based training will be used during the field-portions of this course, and we encourage you to take on your professional role during the simulation to gain valuable practice. This means that if you are a coroner, a family liason with social services, or a member of another dryland-based profession, you do not need to develop water-based skills unless you are personally interested. Entering the water during this course is not a requirement.

Day 1: Classroom & Field

  • Legal authorities and roles
  • PPE and hygiene
  • Infectious diseases
  • Decomposition considerations
  • Chain of evidence
  • Disaster victim identification
  • Managing the community and family
  • Cultural/socio-economic considerations

Day 2: Classroom & Field

  • Managing the media
  • Psychological impacts and critical stress debrief
  • Specialist equipment
  • Subject location techniques
  • Swiftwater recovery Incident Command

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TESTIMONIALS

James Dougherty
US Air Force

We really couldn't have asked for more in a two week period - the amount and quality of training we received was like nothing I've seen before. I have been going on training trips usually twice a month for the last 4 years and this was by far the best I have been to.

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