Emergency Response

ProBoard Evaluation - Swiftwater Rescue

Course Summary

Professional qualification evaluation.

A ProBoard Evaluation tests candidates against the NFPA 1006 Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications as outlined by the ProBoard Fire Service Professional Qualifications System (or “ProBoard”), an international accreditation system for fire service organizations.

Raven Rescue offers training for the following NFPA Professional Qualification levels:

  • Technical Rope Rescue
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Structure Collapse
  • Surface Water Rescue
  • Swiftwater Rescue
  • Watercraft Rescue
  • Floodwater

ProBoard certification to the levels of Swiftwater Rescue Technician and Rope Rescue Technician is provided by the District of North Vancouver District Fire and Rescue Services, a ProBoard accredited testing agency in BC.  To ensure an unbiased third-party assessment, the Evaluator may not have previously provided training to any of the candidates. The testing includes both practical and written skills and is done according to strict protocols and testing methods. It is a pass or fail format, and therefore proper preparation is strongly recommended.

We recommend that departments or individuals first complete the following courses (which cover all the knowledge and skills in the NFPA 1006 Standard), or an equivalent, and have had the opportunity to practice their skills regularly in order to build competence.

  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Level One
  • Technical Rope Rescue - Technician Level
  • Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced

Again, these courses are not pre-requisites, but they are strongly recommended due to the high degree of competency required by ProBoard and the pass/fail nature of the testing. It is possible that similar NFPA-compliant training by another provider will adequately prepare candidates for evaluation, but we are unable to endorse specific courses by other providers.

Options For Departments

At the request of a department, ProBoard Evaluations can be held immediately following our swiftwater and technical rope rescue training courses. For example, a department that is interested in having several members achieve ProBoard certifications can host the appropriate training courses (see list below) in order to prepare their members for evaluation immediately following their training. Alternatively, the Evaluation can be held at a later date to allow time to for review and practice. Our Senior Instructors have been approved to deliver the Evaluations on behalf of District of North Vancouver Fire Services. They are well versed in the NFPA requirements and the ProBoard testing process (written and practical) and so they are able to ensure candidates are well prepared for both practical and written evaluation of their skills. The only caveat is that the Instructor who delivers the original training may not also conduct the Evaluation.

Options For Individuals

Individual firefighters who are interested in achieving a ProBoard certification should take the recommended course (below) to properly prepare for evaluation, and then register for one of the public ProBoard Evaluations listed on our online schedule, to be held spring and fall in major centres across Canada.

Making it Official

Upon successful completion of the Evaluation, candidates will receive their ProBoard “stamp” from North Vancouver District Fire Services, whereupon their name is submitted to ProBoard to be registered in the ProBoard Fire Service Professional Qualifications System online database used by many employers to check individual firefighter credentials. The certification is good for life.

Other ProBoard Evaluations

We also host ProBoard Evaluations in Technical Rope Rescue (Technician Level), without the swiftwater components. Click here to view a description of the ProBoard Technical Rope evaluation process.

Course Details


2 days (16 hours)


1 day swiftwater skill evaluation & 1 day classroom-based testing


Minimum 6. Maximum 8,

  • 18+ years of age
  • In good physical condition
  • Minimum EMR Certification
  • Minimum Bronze Medallion (This requirement applies to public Eval participants. Please contact us for private course details.)
  • Hazmat Awareness Certification
  • Swiftwater Advanced Certification
  • ProBoard Rope Certification (Candidate must have passed the Rope Eval before taking the Swiftwater Eval.)


Required Equipment
  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (PFD: Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Water-proof flashlight or headlamp
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Neoprene gloves 
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants, gloves, socks
  • Full-body (Type III) harness or separate chest and sit harnesses
  • Climbing helmet
  • Sturdy boots (turnout boots or hiking boots are fine)
  • Leather palmed gloves
  • Durable pants and jacket

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Certificate of Completion issued by District of North Vancouver Fire Rescue Services
  • Certificate of Completion issued by The ProBoard
  • Registration of training record in The ProBoard’s certification registry

What is ProBoard?

Check out the short video below for a good overview.

To order the NFPA 1006 Standard

In Canada, copies are available for purchase online from Annex Bookstore - Education and Training Materials for the Fire Industry or by calling 1-877-267-3473.

Course Outline

Day 1: Practical Skill Evaluation: Swiftwater
Day 2: Written Test: Swiftwater and/or Technical Rope


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