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Swiftwater Rescue Technician

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This is our most popular course for agencies. In the Swiftwater Rescue Technician, students learn the basics of Hydrology and survival in moving water. It is designed to prepare teams for swiftwater/flood emergencies. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management. The SRT course also has a night time search component that forces teams to deal with common issues that arise working after the sun goes down.

Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems.

Course Length: 3 Days

  • Class begins at 9:00am sharp unless notified otherwise. There will be time for breaks, most people prefer to bring a lunch.

Course Price: $425
Course Dates:

  • May 23-25
  • June 21-23

Skills covered in the Whitewater Rescue Technician:

  • Hydrology and Reading Water
  • Medical Considerations
  • Evacuation Considerations
  • Safety Talks
  • Communications and Scene Management
  • Helicopter Familiarization
  • Incident Command System
  • Aggressive Swimming Techniques
  • Defensive Swimming Techniques
  • Strainer Swim and Self Rescue
  • Throwbag Training
  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Foot Entrapments
  • Body Entrapments
  • Contact Rescues
  • Live Bait Rescues
  • Bridge Based Rescues
  • Raft Flip Drills
  • Kayak Pins
  • Wrapped Boats
  • Rope Skills:
    • Rope Strengths & Construction
    • Anchor Building
    • Knots & Hitches
    • Mechanical Advantage
    • Tension Diagonal
    • Search Considerations
    • Night Time Considerations
What to Bring
Call 800-735-7897 to inquire about scheduling a class for your group