Resource and Industry

Flatwater Safety & Rescue

Course Summary

For field personnel who work near, in, or on lakes and ponds.

This 1 day course is designed for natural resource and industrial field personnel who work near, in or on non-moving water including lakes and ponds, or very slow moving water including flood or tidal waters. The course identifies the hazards that are associated with flat water, and details the safe work procedures 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

June 26-28

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Canmore, AB
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June 26-27

Swiftwater Operations

  • $449
  • Canmore, AB
Register

Aug 6-7

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Terrace, BC
Register

Aug 6-8

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Terrace, BC
Register
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EQUIPMENT

Scarab Rescue Tool

The Scarab® represents five years of research and testing by Rick Lipke and the design team at Conterra. It was born out of the need for a small, simple device that could easily control heavy rescue loads, as well as excel at pick offs, twin rope systems and other general rescue techniques. The Scarab® does all this and more.

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Cheri Frocklage
Tahltan Fisheries Program Manager

I appreciated the new swiftwater skills and methods that have been improved upon, and learning the new methods that are being taught. Walter is the best instructor ever - like a member of the family. He is knowledgable, and keeps things simple.

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