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 hazards by learning how to organize and manage safe swift water rescue operations. Participants in the swift water rescue training program should be prepared for multiple in-water scenarios.
Program topics include:
- Dynamics of moving water
- Site survey
- Hazard identification
- Protective equipment
- Rope tactics
- Boat-based techniques
- Survival techniques and rigging systems
- Low-head dams
- Risk/benefit analysis
Completing the Dive Rescue Swift Water Rescue Training I program provides 24 hours toward NFPA compliance for standards 1670 or 1006.
Duration – 3 days (24 hours)
Recommended for – Dive team members, water rescue team members, law enforcement and fire service personnel
Prerequisites – Member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years old. The Dive Rescue Swift Water Rescue Training I 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.