Conducting rescue and recovery operations In Flood Conditions

Duration – 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for – Dive team members, water rescue team members, law enforcement and fire service personnel


  • Member of a public safety agency
  • At least 18 years of age

Areas of Focus:

  • Rescue and survival tactics
  • Rescuer safety
  • Identifying potential dangers
  • Equipment for yourself and your team
  • Hydrology
  • Dynamics of moving water
  • Site survey
  • Rope tactics
  • Boat-based techniques
  • Rigging systems
  • Low-head dams
  • Risk/benefit analysis
Training Calendar & Map
Course Registration Form


Floods are one of the leading causes of loss of life and property throughout the world. This type of natural disaster is becoming a more common scenario and communities are demanding rescue providers be prepared with flood rescue training. The enormity of flooding incidents makes planning critical to your team’s success. Floods vary in duration and intensity, but the concepts for conducting rescue and recovery operations are similar.

Note To Applicants
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.

2 Comments on “Floods and Moving Water Emergency Response Training”

  1. I’ve been keeping up with this class to see when some dates will become available. Please let me know. Our area where I serve is probed to flooding and hurricanes.

    1. Angi Smith


      Did anyone get back to you in regards to your comment about our Floods & Moving Water class? The person to talk to is Lindsey Weisbrook but I wasn’t sure if someone followed up with you. I apologize for the delay on our end. I’m not sure anyone received the notification of your inquiry. We don’t have a FMW class currently scheduled, but we can add you to a notification list should we get a host department for the class.


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