Outdoor Adventure

Flatwater Safety & Rescue

Course Summary

For those who work or play on flat water.

This 1 day course teaches safety and rescue skills for non-moving water including lakes and ponds, or very slow moving water including flood or tidal waters. The course indentifies the hazards that are associated with flat water, and details the techniques and equipment that can be used to reduce the risks. Participants learn self rescue skills, and shore-based rescue “reach” and “throw” techniques for the rescue of others, using both standard and improvised rescue equipment. The curriculum also covers low risk wading and swimming rescue techniques.

Course Details

Duration

1 day (8 hours)

Format

2 hours classroom, 6 hours on non-moving water

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 15.

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

$199

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 (PFD: Type III or V)*
  • Water-rescue helmet*
  • Neoprene gloves (optional)
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants, gloves, socks

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Rescue 3’s Surface Water First Responder Manual
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the instructor (valuable document for risk management)
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3 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

For more details about water courses including what to expect and how to prepare, click here for our Swiftwater FAQ.

Course Content

  • Philosophy of flatwater safety & rescue
  • Personal safety
  • Flatwater dynamics & hazards (including flood water)
  • Search considerations
  • Personal & team equipment
  • Site assessment
  • Pre-planning
  • On-scene safety & site control
  • Communications
  • Throw bags and “reach, throw” rescues
  • Survival swim
  • Swimming rescues and towing
  • Wading (individually and in groups) & entrapment drill
  • Basic boat-based rescue concerns and techniques

WATER TRAINING

Mar 19-20

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Nanaimo, BC
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Mar 19-21

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Nanaimo, BC
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Mar 23-25

Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced

  • $599
  • Squamish, BC
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Mar 27-29

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Squamish, BC
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Paul Olshefsky, Public Safety Specialist
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Wilderness Medical Associates, Canada gave us the training that we require to work in a wilderness setting. The instruction was beyond our expectations and presented in a very professional manner.

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