Resource and Industry

Swiftwater Operations

Course Summary

For shore-based work beside moving water.

This course emphasizes the safe work procedures required when personnel are working within 10' (3 m) of moving water but not in the water itself. The curriculum emphasizes the identification of risks, self rescue, and low-risk, shore-based or boat-based options for rescuing others using fast and simple “reach and throw” methods. The course also qualifies participants to work aboard a boat on fast-moving water, but boat operators should consider taking our Technician level course in order to learn the more advanced rescue skills applicable in the event of a capsize.

Course Details

Duration

2days (16 hours)

Format

1 day classroom, 1 day on the river

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

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

$399

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-sports 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
  • 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

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

Course Outline

Day 1: Classroom Session

  • Rescue 3’s philosophy of safety and rescue
  • Risk management, risk vs recovery, low to high risk options
  • Hazard assessment, size up, and pre-planning
  • Swiftwater dynamics/hydrology
  • Personal equipment
  • Shorebased rescue skills and techniques
  • Drowning and medical conditions related to swiftwater
  • Scenarios and real-life examples

Day 2: River Session

  • Review of key concepts
  • Site safety assessment
  • River signals and on-river communication
  • Shore-based “reach and throw” techniques
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Self rescue swimming skills
  • Written test
  • Debrief, completion of training records and issuance of certifications

WATER TRAINING

Mar 15-17

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Kamloops, BC
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Mar 15-16

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Kamloops, BC
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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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TESTIMONIALS

Iain MacInnis, Firefighter/Paramedic
Strathcona County Fire Fighter Paramedics

As a career Firefighter/Paramedic, I attend various training and continuing education courses often. Both Ron and Garth stand out not only as experts in their field, but exceptional adult educators as well. They did an excellent job on my SRT1 course presenting the material while gauging the needs of the class.

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