Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator for Field Services



Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator for Field Services delivers comprehensive, hands-on training for boat operators working on moving water. The curriculum can be easily tailored to any type of motorized watercraft, ranging from inboard, outboards, prop and jet, as well as PWCs.

According to the Lifesaving Society, powerboating is the second highest cause of preventable water-related drownings. This comprehensive course will develop the sense of confidence and necessary skills to operate a boat at various speeds in moving water, and to avoid becoming a statistic.

The curriculum includes pre-trip safety checks, identification of hazards, basic hydrology, watercraft handling, man-overboard, boat-based victim rescue, dealing with flips, wraps and pins, and general on-water safety.

Limited classroom time and a low student to instructor ratio makes for lots of hands-on practice time for each participant.

Please note: Clients must provide their own watercraft. 

This 2 day course is intended for delivery on Class I or II water.

Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator Course Details


2 days


½ day classroom, 1 ½ days on the water


Minimum 4. Maximum 6.

  • 18+ years of age
  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical condition
  • Current SRT1 or SWNW certification is preferred


Annual Training Maintenance

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

Required Equipment
  • Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
  • Water-sports helmet*

* Rentals included in course fee

Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet signed by the instructor
  • Certificate of completion

Motorized Swiftwater Boat Operator Course Content


  • Basic hydrology (movement of water)*
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Boat-based safety equipment
  • Communications
  • Introduction to ropes, knots and specialized gear
  • Dryland rope work
  • Boat maintenance and trouble-shooting
  • Boat inspection
  • Pre-trip safety checklist
  • Swiftwater Hydrology and Hazards
  • River Reading and Running Skills
  • Holding Position in Current and Upstream Ferries
  • Getting in and out of Eddies
  • Running Aground

We only offer this as a private course

Our courses ensure personalized hands-on training through human-based scenarios

Private Courses

Training Maintenance

If you have a group that would like to review their training together, the training maintenance program may be right for you.

Your group pays the instructor’s daily teaching fee and travel costs associated with bringing the instructor to your training location, along with an annual fee to be part of the maintenance program. This is generally a pretty reasonable approach for training departments because:

  • it allows us to deliver the training in small chunks every year, rather than in one big chunk every three years
  • it gives department members more annual hands-on time with their skills

We track your members, and their status on course content completion within a three year cycle, which mirrors a traditional three year recertification cycle.  It’s an excellent value for the cost, and allows you to review your skills in your own backyard.

The training maintenance program replaces the need to recertifiy your training on a traditional three year recertification cycle.

Sorry – there’s no individual audit program available for this course.

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