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Swiftwater Rescue Technician - Advanced

Course Summary

For extreme whitewater and working at night.

This high level course expands upon previous Technician level training into the realm of extreme whitewater in canyon environments and also covers the added risks associated with working in low visibility or darkness. The curriculum includes the advanced swimming skills required for self rescue and rescue of others from more extreme whitewater, as well as high angle rope rescue skills that enable access to areas like canyons and gorges. The course also covers logistical, communications and safety considerations for operating in moving water in low visibility or darkness. It is demanding, fast-paced, and, well ... advanced.

Highly recommended for field personnel like engineers, environmental consultants and hydrologists who will gain the confidence and skills necessary to work in these high risk conditions.

Course Details

Duration

3 days (24 hours, which includes one night session) 

Format

1 day classroom, 2 days on the river (including a night exercise)

Participants

Minimum 10. Maximum 12.

Prerequisites
Price

$599

Recertification

Repeat the entire course at a 15% discount every three years

Please note: To be an eligible SRTA recertification candidate, you must maintain a current TRR Operator certification

Annual Training Maintenance

Click here to read about the options available for annual guided practice.

Required Equipment
  • Drysuit or wetsuit*
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*
  • Class III climbing harness (or separate chest and sit harnesses)*
  • Neoprene gloves
  • Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole, wading boots, or running shoes
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • 3-4 cyalume “light sticks”
  • Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including sweater, pants and socks

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

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Rescue 3’s Swiftwater Rescue Technican - Advanced Manual
  • Personalized skill sheet (training record) signed by the Instructor (a 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

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

  • Size-up, pre-planning and Incident Management
  • Advanced hydrology: Class III+
  • Search techniques
  • Flood management
  • Boat introduction: types, applications, limitations
  • Basic and advanced equipment
  • Low head dam and aqueduct considerations

Day 2 - River Session

  • Go rescues, live bait, tethered swims etc.
  • Knots, anchors and mechanical advantage review
  • Belay systems, muenter hitch, tandem triple prusiks, eight plates etc.
  • Anchor systems
  • Compound mechanical advantage
  • Advanced swimming: Class III+
  • Basic paddle boat handling: Class III+
  • Rescue boards

Day 2 - Night Session on the River

  • Night search logistics, communications and operations

Day 3 - River Session

  • Line crossing techniques, messenger lines etc.
  • High line rope systems, mid point drop
  • Mid-point drop with boat on a tether: Class III+
  • Boat wraps and pins

WATER TRAINING

Aug 24-26

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $549
  • Barry's Bay
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Sept 8-10

Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT 1)

  • $499
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
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Sept 8-9

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Rocky Mountain House, AB
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Sept 10-11

Swiftwater Operations

  • $399
  • Jasper, AB
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Rena Vanenbos, School of Renewable Resources, Selkirk College

A number of my past students have taken your SRT 1 course and they all rave about how good it was! I was very impressed with the whole thing - teacher, gear, course materials. Tim really made an effort to make the course suit our needs and answered all our questions.

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