Swiftwater Rescue Trainer

Swift water Dive Rescue Training

Download the Swiftwater Rescue Trainer Application

Using Swiftwater Rescue Student Kits, Trainers are able to present this course to all personnel, upgrading department response capabilities.

Standardization of rescue techniques within response organizations increases effectiveness in the rescue of victims. Swiftwater and flood situations represent some of the most dangerous response scenarios. Dive Rescue International’s Swiftwater Rescue Trainer program is designed to give Trainers a practical and efficient system to build competent and safe swiftwater rescue teams. Successful Trainers return to their department with a complete training system that upgrades department capabilities. This program allows the Swiftwater Rescue Trainer to teach the Swiftwater I and II programs to in-house personnel for the price of student kits from Dive Rescue International. This program requires an application prior to registration.

Course Topics 

  • Swiftwater orientation
  • Hazard awareness
  • Preplanning
  • Fundamental rescue techniques
  • Technical rescue systems
  • General patient care
  • Characteristics of moving water
  • Human body in water
  • Safety considerations
  • Scene Evaluation
  • Establishing operational objectives
  • Search tactics
  • Field Excercises
  • Knots and rigging

Duration
5 days (60 hours) The Swiftwater Rescue Trainer program also requires a significant pre-course study commitment. On average, preparation time is 50 hours.

Recommended For
All public safety personnel responsible for rescue or response in swiftwater or flooding situations.

Prerequisites

  • Member of a public safety agency
  • Graduate of a basic Swiftwater rescue program
  • Swiftwater II certification from Dive Rescue International within 3 years of Swiftwater I certification.
  • Current First Aid
  • Current CPR training
  • 21 years of age
  • Paramedic or EMT certification can be applicable
  • 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.

Recertification Information

Recertification Requirements