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Are swiftwater courses from other training providers equivalent to the ones you offer?

The following is a list of courses by other training providers that we consider roughly equivalent to our swiftwater courses in terms of content. Holders of the certifications listed below qualify as “re-certifications” and are eligible for a 30% discount. 

To provide some global context for this "name game", the naming of technical rescue courses generally follows one of two NFPA Standards:

1. NFPA 1670: Awareness, Operations or Technician.

2. NFPA 1006: Level I & Level II

So if you've taken a course that is labelled with Awareness, Operations or Technician you can usually compare it to our courses of the same name.

But one or two companies in Canada have decided to "reinvent the wheel" and come up with their own course names that are a mash-up of NFPA Standards and other terms, and as a result, have caused a lot of confusion in the marketplace.

In particular, we often get questions about Rescue Canada's courses. For purposes of re-certification only, we have compiled the following list of how our courses compare ... with a few extras from other training providers that we are sometimes asked about.

Approximately equivalent to our Swiftwater Awareness course:

  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Safety Rescue Awareness 
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Awareness 
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician - Personal Safety
  • Rescue Canada - Level 1 - Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Personal Safety​

Approximately equivalent to our Swiftwater Operations course:

  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Flood Rescue Technician - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Level 2 Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician Level 1 - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician Level 2 - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Specialist 1 - Foundation

and

  • Dive Rescue - Swiftwater Rescue Level I
  • Lifesaving Society - Swiftwater Rescue 1 and 2 courses
  • Boreal Rescue - Whitewater Rescue Technician I & II

Approximately equivalent to our Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Level 1 course:

  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Flood Rescue Technician - Standard
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician Level 3 - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Level 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Standard
  • Rescue Canada -Swiftwater Specialist 2 - Standard
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Specialist 3 - Advanced

and

  • Boreal Rescue - Whitewater Rescue Technician III

Approximately equivalent to our Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced course:

  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Technician - Advanced
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician Level 4 - Operations
  • Rescue Canada - Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced
  • Rescue Canada - Swiftwater Specialist 4 - Master

If you can provide an itemized training record of the curriculum covered in your course, we can give you a more informed perspective. Feel free to contact us anytime if you have any questions about course equivalency.

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