Swiftwater Rescue Combination Training in Channahon, Illinois this May

Complete Swiftwater Rescue I and II training over 5 days
Plan now to join us May 4-8, 2020 in Channahon, Illinois.

Dive Rescue training in rapids

Swiftwater Rescue I is Dive Rescue International’s renowned three day (24 hour) training program. Swiftwater rescue operations are inherently dangerous and with the complications of fast current, low-head dams, and/or hidden debris they can become deadly. Prepare for these special hazards by learning how to organize and manage safe swiftwater rescue operations. Participants in this program should be prepared for multiple in-water scenarios. This program is presented in the classroom and open-water to allow students to become familiar with different field scenarios. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation and an end of program comprehensive test.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:

  • Swiftwater Orientation
  • Fundamental Rescue Techniques
  • General Patient Care
  • Knots and Rigging

Swiftwater Rescue II is Dive Rescue International’s advanced three day (24 hour) swiftwater training program. All students are required to have basic swiftwater rescue skills including: excellent swimming skills, operational experience using high-lines and a working knowledge of knots, rigging and mechanical advantage systems. All students should be prepared for multiple challenging in-water scenarios. Specific and detailed information will be provided regarding searching by using coordinated land and water-based teams. This program is presented in the classroom and open-water to allow students to become familiar with different field scenarios and engage in team-building exercises. Successful completion of this program is measured in class participation and a comprehensive test.

Key training topics and the associated objectives include:

  • Characteristics of Moving Water
  • The Human Body in Water
  • Safety Considerations
  • Scene Evaluation
  • Establishing Operational Objectives
  • Search Tactics

Swiftwater Rescue 2 Boogie Board

PREREQUISITES All students must be a current member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years of age. This program is designed for personnel who are physically fit. Participants are encouraged to participate after successfully completing the IADRS Watermanship Test or testing to a fitness level of 13 MET (Metabolic Equivalents) or greater. Participants with aerobic fitness questions or concerns should consult their physician prior to in-water training. Participants who have poor aerobic fitness may attend this program as surface support personnel with the approval of the instructor.

BE SURE TO BRING All students should bring: clothing appropriate for weather conditions, adequate footwear, watersports helmet, and U.S. Coast Guard approved P.F.D. (Type III or V) with whistle and cutting tool, and pen and paper. In-water participants must provide their own wetsuit or swiftwater dry suit, water rescue gloves, work gloves and fins.

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