Emergency Response

Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced

Course Summary

Extreme whitewater and night operations.

Expand previous Swiftwater Rescue Technician training into the demanding realm of extreme whitewater, canyon environments, and night operations. This course focusses on advanced rescue swimming and non-motorized boat handling skills required for "go" rescues in Class III+ swiftwater, as well as high angle rope rescue skills in difficult-to-access areas like canyons and gorges, and operating in low visibility or darkness. It is demanding, fast-paced, and, well ... advanced.

Highly-recommended for emergency responders who respond to swiftwater callouts in areas that are difficult to access, and after the sun has gone down. This is the recommended course for Swiftwater Rescue Pro-Board Evaluation preparation.

Course Details

Duration

3 days (24 hours, which includes one night session) 

Format

1 day classroom, 2 days on the river (including a night exercise)

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
Price

$599

Recertification

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

Please note: To be an eligible SRTA recertification candidate, you must maintain a current TRR Operator certification

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Required Equipment
  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Class III climbing harness (or separate chest and sit harnesses)*
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • 3-4 cyalume “light sticks”
  • 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
  • Rescue 3’s Swiftwater Rescue Technican - Advanced Manual
  • 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
  • Rescue 3 ID Card, http://id.rescue3.com
FAQ

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

  • Size-up, pre-planning and Incident Management
  • Advanced hydrology: Class III+
  • Search techniques
  • Flood management
  • Boat introduction: types, applications, limitations
  • Basic and advanced equipment
  • Low head dam and aqueduct considerations

Day 2 - River Session

  • Go rescues, live bait, tethered swims etc.
  • Knots, anchors and mechanical advantage review
  • Belay systems, muenter hitch, tandem triple prusiks, eight plates etc.
  • Anchor systems
  • Compound mechanical advantage
  • Advanced swimming: Class III+
  • Basic paddle boat handling: Class III+
  • Rescue boards

Day 2 - Night Session on the River

  • Night search logistics, communications and operations

Day 3 - River Session

  • Line crossing techniques, messenger lines etc.
  • High line rope systems, mid point drop
  • Mid-point drop with boat on a tether: Class III+
  • Boat wraps and pins

WATER TRAINING

Mar 23-24

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Enderby, BC
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Mar 23-25

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Enderby, BC
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Mar 28

Rescue from Vehicles in Water

  • $375
  • Whistler, BC
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Apr 13-15

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, 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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