Emergency Response

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

Course Summary

"Go" rescue from moving water

This comprehensive swiftwater course prepares personnel to enter moving water to perform "go" rescues. It emphasizes identifying risks, self rescue, and the various options for rescuing others, as well as the decision-making process required to chose the most appropriate rescue approach. Click here for the NFPA definition of moving water.

Course Details

Duration

3 days (24 hours)

Format

1 day classroom, 2 days on the river

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
Price

$499

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 (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
  • 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

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

SRT 1 Course Outline

Day 1: Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3’s philosophy
  • Swiftwater dynamics
  • Personal equipment
  • Risk management
  • Drowning and medical conditions related to swiftwater
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and gear
  • Dryland rope work

Day 2: River Session

  • A review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Basic river signals
  • Throw bagging
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Swimming skills
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Swimming rescues
  • Rope work

Day 3: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • Tension diagonals
  • Swiftwater rescue scenario
  • Written examination
  • Debrief

WATER TRAINING

Sept 26-28

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

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  • Kamloops. BC
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  • Kamloops, BC
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Oct 6-8

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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Oct 6-7

Swiftwater Operations

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  • Squamish, BC
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TESTIMONIALS

Adam Galbraith
Fulltime Firefighter

As a full time firefighter in the lower mainland, I have been to many courses, and by far this one was one of the best! Craig Gerrard is born to do this. Not only is he a wealth of important knowledge, he is able to communicate this knowledge without ego, in a positive manner, that harbours a fun, challenging, and useful course.

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