Motorized Boat Handling Courses

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The following courses are designed for professionals or recreational enthusiasts who want to improve their river reading and boat maneuvering skills. We can provide instruction for both motorized and non-motorized craft, propeller-driven or jet engines, and on moving or flat water. We can start with the absolute basics if your personnel are new to boat handling, or focus on advanced skills with more experienced boat operators, or anywhere in between. In addition to hands-on boat operation, all sessions will include hazard identification, safety equipment, instruction in self rescue and the rescue of others, and recommended boat maintenance. Clients are required to utilize their own boats during training sessions. We provide an itemized training record that lists all the skills and knowledge taught and fulfills due diligence requirements for documentation of training. Alternatively, our 3-day Motorized (Swiftwater) Boat Handling course is our most comprehensive approach to motorized boat handling and safety.

 

  • Motorized Boat Handling 1 is a three-day (24 hour) course designed to introduce rescue personnel to handling motorized boats on moving water. The course includes one day of classroom learning and two days of hands on exercises. During the classroom portion, students will be exposed to a number of topics including:

    • A review of the rescue philosophy in swift water
    • The application of motorized boat in the dynamic swift water environment
    • The types of motorized boats that can be used in swift water
      hydrology
    • Basics of boat handling

    During the field portion of the course, students will be shown commonly used rescue boats, as well as gain experience reading the water and operating boats. Basic boat handling skills such as eddying out, peel outs, and ferrying will be practiced in class I-II whitewater. Students will then apply the skills they have learned to up-run, down-run, and perform rescue scenarios.

    • Prerequisites include being in good physical condition and a basic ability to swim.
      Required equipment includes full wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, and booties or tennis shoes. Gloves and fins are optional.
      * Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
      *Students are encouraged to bring their own craft to practice with where applicable.
    • Course Cost: $600

    Course Dates & Locations

    • To be announced
  • This two-day (16 hour) course is designed to refine the skills learned in Motorized Boat Handling 1. Advanced scenarios such as flood, car rescue, and SAR will be discussed, as well as a review of paddleboat handling. Students will then practice up running and down running in class III and above whitewater. Other exercises include night operations scenarios, two boats on tether, victim pick-offs in rapids, and rescuers on tether.

    • Prerequisites include being in good physical condition and a basic ability to swim.
      Required equipment includes full wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, and headlamp. Gloves and fins are optional.
      * Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability
      *Students are encouraged to bring their own craft to practice with where applicable.
    • Course Cost: $600

    Course Dates & Locations

    • To be announced
  • The NIMS Rescue Boat Operator program combines all of the skills learned in the Flood Rescue Boat Operator and Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator courses. Students will learn to handle boats in both flat and moving water (class III), as well as how to perform rescues safely and effectively in both environments. This course is designed to meet the needs of agencies who wish to comply with the FEMA team typing requirements or work in conjunction with other agencies and departments during national disasters.

    • Standard: NIMS Boat & Rescue 3
    • Prerequisites: Swiftwater Rescue Technician - SRT1

    • Required Equipment: full wetsuit or drysuit, lightweight water or kayak helmet, US Coast Guard Approved Type III or V life jacket/PFD, thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes, gloves

    • Course Cost: $1,395

    Course Dates

    • May 22-26, 2017