Emergency Response

Flatwater First Responder

Course Summary

Rescue from non-moving water.

This 1 day course is designed for emergency responders who work near, in and on non-moving water including lakes and ponds, or very slow moving water including flood or tidal waters. Click here to read the NFPA definition of moving water.

Students learn shore-based rescue “reach” and “throw” techniques using common rescue equipment. Participants also learn low risk “go” rescue and evacuation techniques.

Please note:  While this class fulfills NFPA requirements for an Awareness certification, it goes well beyond the Awareness level by teaching self-rescue and in-water rescue techniques - again, for non-moving water. It is up to the employer to decide whether or not personnel may perform the full range of skills taught.  For more info see our FAQ on Training Levels.

Course Details

Duration

1 day (8 hours)

Format

2 hours classroom, 6 hours on non-moving water

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 15.

Prerequisites
  • 18 years of age (16-17 years with parental persmission)
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$199

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-rescue 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
  • Rescue 3’s Surface Water First Responder Manual
  • 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
FAQ

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

Course Content

  • Philosophy of safety & rescue
  • Rescuer safety
  • Flatwater dynamics & hazards (including flood water)
  • Search considerations
  • Personal & team equipment
  • Site assessment
  • Pre-planning
  • On-scene safety & site control
  • Communications
  • Throw bags and “reach, throw” rescues
  • Survival swim
  • Swimming rescues and towing
  • Wading (individually and in groups) & entrapment drill
  • Basic boat-based rescue concerns and techniques

WATER TRAINING

Mar 1-3

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Mar 1-2

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Squamish, BC
Register

Mar 15-17

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Kamloops, BC
Register

Mar 15-16

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Kamloops, BC
Register
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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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