Swiftwater Rescue Training Series in Golden, Colorado!

Join Dive Rescue International and the Golden Fire Department for an incredible training series that will ready you or your agency personnel for Swiftwater Rescue operations. Swiftwater Rescue, Swiftwater Rescue II, and Swiftwater Rescue Trainer are being offered in an 11-day series.

(PLEASE NOTE: Swiftwater Rescue 1 portion is now FULL. Spots still available for Swiftwater Rescue 2 and Swiftwater Rescue Trainer.)

Please note that you do not have to register for all classes to attend. Please see the prerequisites on the program flyer for each course.

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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 2 Boogie Board

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
KNOTS AND RIGGING

Swiftwater Rescue Trainer allows graduates to become eligible to instruct Swiftwater I and II to their own agency personnel for just the cost of student kits. This train the trainer class includes the methods and materials to effectively present course material to adult learners. The Swiftwater Rescue Trainer Program is uniquely designed for public safety personnel. This course presents Swiftwater Rescue Training in a practical and efficient system, giving trainers the tools to build a competent and safe team. Successful Swiftwater Rescue Trainer graduates will return to their departments with a complete training system. This is a surface Swiftwater Rescue program and does not involve diving.

Key training topics and associated objectives include:
TEACHING THE ADULT LEARNER
PREPARATION AND EFFECTIVE PRESENTATION OF THE SWIFTWATER RESCUE I AND II PROGRAMS
PROGRAM OVERVIEW
TESTING AND EVALUATION OF STUDENTS
SITE PREPARATION FOR SWIFTWATER COURSE OPERATIONS
SITE SURVEY
HAZARD IDENTIFICATION
PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT EDUCATION

TRAINER COURSE PREREQUISITES: Member of a public safety agency, at least 21 years of age, completion of Swiftwater Rescue I from any certified training agency, and completion of Swiftwater Rescue II through Dive Rescue International. 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.

 

 

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