Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 1
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January 23, 2023 – Cowichan
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Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 1 is a comprehensive course that prepares personnel to enter moving water to perform “go” rescues. It emphasizes identifying risks, self rescue, and the various options for rescuing others, as well as the decision-making process required to choose the most appropriate rescue approach.
This course meets and exceeds NFPA 1006 and 2500 Swiftwater requirements.
Swiftwater Rescue Technician Level 1 Details
3 days (24 hours)
1 day classroom, 2 days on the river
Minimum 10. Maximum 12.
- 18+ years of age
- Basic swimming ability
- In good physical condition
- Required Equipment
- Drysuit or wetsuit*
- Personal flotation device (Type III or V)*
- Water-sports helmet*
- Neoprene gloves (optional)
- Neoprene footwear with a good walking sole or running shoes
- Layers of wool or fleece clothing for under the drysuit/wetsuit including shirt, pants, socks
*Rental options available
- Takeaways & Documentation
- Rescue 3’s River Rescue manual
- Personalized skill sheet signed by the instructor
- Registration of training record in Rescue 3’s international database
- Wallet card with personal Rescue 3 registration number
- Certificate of completion
SRT1 Course Content
- Rescue 3’s philosophy
- Swiftwater dynamics
- Personal equipment
- Risk management
- Drowning and medical conditions related to swiftwater
- Introduction to ropes, knots and gear
- Dryland rope work
- A review of key concepts
- Site safety assessment
- Basic river signals
- Throw bagging
- Shallow water crossings
- Swimming skills
- Hazard avoidance
- Swimming rescues
- Rope work
- Scenario based rescues
We also offer this as a private course
Our private training courses ensure personalized hands-on training through human-based scenarios.Private Courses
This is an option to audit, or participate in a course for which you already hold a current certification – at no charge.
Take a look at our upcoming course schedule online and find a course location and time that works for you. Email or call us to sign up as an audit. Then, show up and take the course. It’s that simple.
Free audits do not extend your certification period in any way, but this is a great way to re-fresh your skills on a regular basis, in a safe, controlled environment with a qualified, insured instructor.
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
- new members can integrate into maintenance programs by jumping on an open course from our public schedule
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.