This is a unique rescue program focusing on your safety while rescuing a drowning victim. During this program students learn to survive submersion in your turnout gear or uniform. Scene evaluation is critical to the success of any mission, but this becomes paramount when you are the first responder to a water incident. Program topics include: scene evaluation, risk/benefit analysis, victim condition, basic water rescue techniques (reach, throw, row), equipment and water related injuries.

Students learn how to select and use appropriate equipment, apply proven rescue methods and techniques, and focus on personal safety while rescuing a drowning victim.

Duration – 1 day (8 hours)
Recommended for – Emergency services personnel responding to surface incidents
Prerequisites – Member of a public safety agency and at least 18 years old. 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.

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