Please join us in Terrace, BC for a swiftwater technician 1 training course June 22-24, 2018.
SWIFTWATER ORIENTATION • Identify examples where fast moving water is moving in a linear direction (swiftwater) • Define the four river references as they relate to facing downstream • Name the basic characteristics of moving water and what factors can change those characteristics • Describe the two types of flow associated with water moving through a river bed and the four characteristics of water dynamics • Define surface velocity and its formula • Describe the five different river characteristics that require caution • List and define the six categories of swiftwater
HAZARD AWARENESS • List and give specific examples of swiftwater hazards • Describe what low-head dams are used for, describe the cross section, and define the challenges and hazards associated with them • Preplanning and Equipment • Identify when preplanning potential accident sites should be done • List the information that should be included on a Hazard Assessment Form • Name sources that help with locating hazard and accident sites • Discuss personal protective equipment (PPE) for both shore-based and in-water rescuers • Identify what should be included in team equipment • Define what the SANE approach is
FUNDAMENTAL RESCUE TECHNIQUES • Describe the proper body positioning for a self-rescue technique • Identify the four rescue methods, in order of preference, for a victim rescue and explain each one individually • List the dynamics of using a throw bag and describe the correct and incorrect ways for a rescuer to hold the loop of the throwline bag • Define a shallow water crossing and the three different forms of maneuvers • Technical Rescue Systems • List and describe the four technical rescue systems • Identify and describe the different rescue hand signals
Swiftwater Rescue I Course Objectives
GENERAL PATIENT CARE • Describe the medical considerations for general patient care • Define the field management standards of patient care • Explain hypothermia and when it can occur • Define the acronym FAILURE
KNOTS AND RIGGING • Identify the different anchor/rigging systems • List and describe the different types of knots and in what scenarios they would be used