Outdoor Adventure

Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator

Course Summary

Safety and efficiency on moving water.

We provide comprehensive, hands-on training for boat operators that can be easily tailored to any type of watercraft on moving water. This includes jet boats, propellor driven boats and personal watercraft.

According to the Lifesaving Society, powerboating is the second highest cause of preventable water-related drownings. This comprehensive course will develop the sense of confidence and necessary skills to operate a boat at various speeds in moving water, and to avoid becoming a statistic. The curriculum includes pre-trip safety checks, identification of hazards, basic hydrology, watercraft handling, man-overboard, boat-based victim rescue, dealing with flips, wraps and pins, and general on-water safety.

Limited classroom time and a low student to instructor ratio makes for lots of hands-on practice time for each participant.

We do not offer these courses on a public, open enrolment basis, but our minimum class size is only six, so contact us to set up a private course for your group. Please note: clients must provide their own watercraft. We also provide Transport Canada courses, alone or in combination with our hands-on boat operator training, including SVOP, MED A3 and PCOC. Click here to get more info on all these boat operator acronyms. 

Course Details

Duration

Option 1: 2 days (for those who have a current Operations or Technician swiftwater certification)

Option 2: 3 days (for those who do not have a current Operations or Technician swiftwater certification)

Format

Option 1: 1/2 day classroom & 1 1/2 days on the water (optional night session)

Option 2: 1/2 day classroom & 2 1/2 days on the water (optional night session)

Participants

Minimum 4. Maximum 6.

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

Option 1: $549

Option 2: $749

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
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Rescue 3's Motorized Boat Operators Manual
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3's international database
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (a valuable document for risk management)
  • Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number, with expiry date
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Rescue 3 ID Card, http://id.rescue3.com
FAQ

For more details about boat handling courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Boat Operator FAQ.

Day One - Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3 Philosophy
  • Basic hydrology (movement of water)*
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Boat-based safety equipment
  • Communications
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and specialized gear
  • Dryland rope work
  • Boat maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Boat inspection
  • Pre-trip safety checklist

Day Two - Water Session

  • Self rescue swimming skills*
  • Hazard avoidance
  • Boat handling, figure 8s, maintaining a position
  • Eddying in & out, ferrying, running rapids etc.
  • Maneuvering with the engine cut
  • Man overboard
  • Parbuckling
  • Optional: night operations session (after dark)

Day Three - Water Session

  • Swamping, capsizing
  • Flipping and righting
  • Wraps and pins
  • Rescue scenarios
  • Written examination
  • Debrief

BOAT TRAINING

We only offer private boat operator courses. Contact us for more information.

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EQUIPMENT

New England KMIII Static Rope

KMIII Static Rope is a balance construction consisting of a continuous filament polyester cover braided over a unidirectional nylon core.

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