Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced – Water & Rope



Expand previous Swiftwater Rescue Technician training into the demanding realm of extreme whitewater, canyon environments, and night operations with Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced – Water & Rope.

This course focusses on advanced rescue swimming and non-motorized boat handling skills required for “go” rescues in Class III+ swiftwater, as well as high angle rope rescue skills in difficult-to-access areas like canyons and gorges, and operating in low visibility or darkness. It is demanding and fast-paced.

Highly-recommended for emergency responders who respond to swiftwater callouts in areas that are difficult to access, and after the sun has gone down.

Consider Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced – Water training if your advanced whitewater environment does not include canyon topography.

Note: This course meets and exceeds NFPA 2500 and 1006 Swiftwater requirements.

Swifwater Rescue Technician Advanced – Water & Rope Course Details


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


Half day classroom, 2 and a half days on the river (including a night exercise)


Minimum 8. Maximum 12.




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

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

Annual Training Maintenance

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


Takeaways & Documentation
  • Personalized skill sheet signed by the Instructor
  • Registration of training record in Rescue 3’s international database
  • Certificate of completion
  • Rescue 3 ID Card

SRTA Water & Rope Course Outline


  • 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 consideration
  • Go rescues, live bait, tethered swims etc.
  • Knots, anchors and mechanical advantage review
  • Anchor systems
  • Compound mechanical advantage
  • Advanced swimming: Class III+
  • Basic paddle boat handling: Class III+
  • Rescue board
  • Night Session – low visibility operations including lighting techniques, rescuer safety, communications, skill practice and containment strategies
  • Non motorized boat rescue techniques
  • Non Motorized boat flips and right
  • Swiftwater search management
  • Swiftwater Rescue Team leadership skills
  • Advanced containment techniques (rescue curtains)
  • Patient packaging and transport in swiftwater environments
  • Aquatic rope rescue techniques including vertical access into swiftwater, patient packaging, releasable rescue systems, vertical patient and rescuer retrieval techniques from swiftwater

We also offer this as a private course

Our private training 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 recertify your training on a traditional three year recertification cycle.

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

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