Swiftwater Rescue Combo Class this April in Puyallup, Washington

Swiftwater Rescue 1:

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

 

Swiftwater Rescue 2:

CHARACTERISTICS OF MOVING WATER Identify examples where fast moving water is moving in a linear direction (swiftwater) Define the four river references as they relate to facing downstream Describe the two types of flow associated with water moving through a river bed and the four characteristics of water dynamics
THE HUMAN BODY IN WATER Identify the factors effecting the buoyancy and descent of the human body in swiftwater including current, body type, and clothing Explain why the “sack of potatoes” myth does not work in tracking a victim’s pathway in swiftwater Describe the factors that effect the physiology of body re-float Identify victim considerations in reference to body re-float Explain why some bodies will not re-float
SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS Identify swiftwater hazards and their associated risks Define the Risk/Benefit Analysis of an operation List the following: personal protective equipment (PPE) for shore-based and in-water rescuers; swiftwater team equipment; and search equipment Discuss personal protective equipment for both shore-based and in-water rescuers
SCENE EVALUATION Identify the factors that are assessed in a scene evaluation as well as other considerations that may come up as information on the scene becomes available Describe factors that are used in the process of determining the last-seen point (LSP) Define reference point and reference object Explain witness interview procedures and the establishment of a victim profile Identify sketch components in a scene sketch and explain why documentation is important

Swiftwater Rescue II Course Objectives
ESTABLISHING OPERATIONAL OBJECTIVES Define a rescue vs. recovery operation Describe initial search objectives and ongoing search objectives
SEARCH TACTICS Discuss what circumstances can vary that will change search tactics Describe the considerations team leaders must make before fielding search teams Explain perceptions and expectations when searching for a victim Identify the steps taken to care for a victim’s body once it is located Describe considerations taken for family and media once a body is found
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 Explain the tensioning of high line systems

 

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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