Emergency Response

Swiftwater Operations

Course Summary

Shore-based rescue from moving water.

This 2 day course prepares emergency responders to work from a shore-based position near (within 10’ of) moving water, an area sometimes called the “warm zone”. Click here for the NFPA definition of moving water.

This course is appropriate for those who will be providing shore-based support for others trained to the Swiftwater Technician level.

Course Details

Duration

2days (16 hours)

Format

1 day classroom, 1 day on the river

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
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
  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (PFD: Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Neoprene gloves (optional)
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants, gloves, socks

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Water Rescue Field Guide
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (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
  • Rescue 3 ID Card, http://id.rescue3.com
FAQ

For more details about swiftwater courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Swiftwater FAQ.

Course Outline

Day 1: Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3’s philosophy of safety and rescue
  • Risk management, risk vs recovery, low to high risk options
  • Hazard assessment, size up, and pre-planning
  • Swiftwater dynamics/hydrology
  • Personal equipment
  • Shorebased rescue skills and techniques
  • Drowning and medical conditions related to swiftwater
  • Scenarios and real-life examples

Day 2: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • River signals and on-river communication
  • Shore-based “reach and throw” techniques
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Self rescue swimming skills
  • Written test
  • Debrief, completion of training records and issuance of certifications

WATER TRAINING

Mar 1-3

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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Mar 1-2

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Squamish, BC
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Mar 15-17

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Kamloops, BC
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Mar 15-16

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Kamloops, BC
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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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