Swiftwater Rescue Training Courses

Overview

flood rescue personnel training emergency swiftwater rescueRivers are all around us here in the Pacific Northwest, providing us with endless hours of enjoyment. However, despite how slow and lazy rivers may seem, they can present very serious dangers to life and property. Whether you are a rescue professional, guide, someone who works in and around rivers or simply someone who enjoys the river recreationally, being able to recognize and respond appropriately to hazards is imperative in minimizing potential threats to oneself, family, friends, and other boaters.

Wave Trek Rescue offers a wide variety of river safety courses, from one-day awareness classes that concentrate on keeping oneself out of harm’s way to advanced Rescue 3 swiftwater rescue courses that delve deep into rescue methods and theories for professional emergency response teams. Our goal is to teach our students how to think about swiftwater rescue and give them a variety of tools that they can employ to safely and efficiently respond to unexpected situations. Since there is no absolute rescue formula for every circumstance, we teach dynamic rescue approaches that address a multitude of variables and possible conditions. It takes a blend of training, practice, judgment and experience to execute a successful rescue. We at Wave Trek Rescue provide the best Rescue 3 training available, and encourage students to continually develop the other three components in order to become proficient rescuers themselves.

We offer NFPA-compliant courses, Rescue 3 International certified courses, ACA certified courses, River Sense courses for youth, raft guide training, instructor training, and custom courses designed to fit the specific needs of those who work or play in and around rivers. Check out our course offerings to find a class that suits your needs!

NFPA Compliant River Rescue

The following courses meet the National Fire Protection Agency Standards 1670 and 1006 for Technical Water Rescue. Upon completion of these courses students will receive a certificate from Rescue 3 International.

  • This one-day course will assist your organization in meeting the NFPA 1670 Standard for Awareness level training. This class is designed for any person who, in the course of their duties, may be first on-scene for a water rescue incident. We introduce students to the problems associated with water rescue, as well as procedures for flash floods, large-scale disasters and seasonal flooding. Because this is a classroom-based theory seminar, the Rescue 3 international Awareness level responder is not considered a rescuer.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Equipment Needed: None
    • Course Dates : call for availability
  • This one-day course deals with "flat" water and is designed for agencies who have no immediate need for a specialized water rescue class, but wish to have personnel certified in basic water rescue training in order to meet local requirements or comply with OSHA and NFPA guidelines. In order to increase personnel safety and decrease the likelihood of rescuers turning into victims, this course initially focuses on appropriate personal protective equipment and drown-proofing of rescuers. Other course objectives include hazard recognition, site management, shore-based and wading rescue techniques, throw line skills, simple boat-based rescue techniques, and higher risk tethered swimming techniques.
    This eight-hour course includes approximately four hours of classroom instruction followed by four hours of in-water skills practice. This is an appropriate class for any organization who works, or may work, around lakes, ponds or other non-flowing water. This course meets the general requirements laid out in the NFPA 1670 standard for Awareness level for water rescue.
    This course covers flat water only. For groups with any combination of flat and moving water, Rescue 3 highly recommends Swiftwater First Responder Operations Level as a more appropriate alternative.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Equipment needed includes drysuit or wetsuit, USCG approved Type III or V PFD (life jacket), whitewater helmet, and water booties or tennis shoes (gloves and fins optional).
    • Course Cost: $165
    • Course Dates: None scheduled at this time. Contact us for availability.
  • This two-day course has one day of classroom instruction and one day of practical field exercise. Students are trained in hazard recognition, self-rescue, equipment use, and techniques necessary to conduct basic shore and boat-based rescues.
    After completion of Operations: Swiftwater First Responder, certified personnel may participate in higher risk technical rescues under the supervision of Technician level rescuers.

    • Prerequisites: None
    • Equipment needed includes drysuit or wetsuit, USCG approved Type III or V PFD (life jacket), whitewater helmet, and water booties or tennis shoes. Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue
      has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Location: Index, WA


  • This is an intensive three-day class. One day of classroom instruction is followed by 2 days developing and practicing water rescue skills. Objectives emphasize developing self-rescue skills, utilizing existing water dynamics, and handling hazards and obstacles. Participants will set up technical rope systems, controlling in-water contact rescues, and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as the possibility of self-rescue.
    Prerequisites include being in good physical condition and having 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 rescue gear to practice with.

    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.

    • Course Cost: $400

    Recertifications

    • Recert dates are the same as regular course dates
    • Recert: $300

    Course Dates & Locations

    • March 24-26, 2017 - Index, WA
    • April 21-23, 2017 - Index, WA
    • May 19-21, 2017 - Index, WA
    • June 16-18, 2017 - Index, WA
    • July 21-23, 2017 - Index, WA
    • Sept 22-24, 2017 - Index, WA
    • Nov 3-5, 2017 - Index, WA
  • The Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced course (SRT-A) is the second of three units needed for people wanting to advance to the Technician Level in Rescue3 curriculum for Water and Rope based rescues. This three-day course has 1 day of classroom instruction followed by 2 days of hands-on skill development. It integrates techniques and skills learned in Swiftwater Rescue Technician  (SRT1), as well as incident command level controls, all while in the midst of class III and above whitewater. There will be a night search as well as low to high angle rope work, which is the prerequisite for the TRR. Other topics covered include: preplanning, rescue and recovery management, problems associated with floods, raising and lowering systems, and much more.
    The SRT 2 is similar to the SRT A, but in a two day format and is not NFPA compliant. Call for more information.

    • 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 headleamp. Gloves and fins are optional. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    •  Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $400

    Recertifications

    • Recert dates are the same as regular course dates
    • Recert: $300

    Course Dates & Locations

    • April 1-3, 2017 - Index, WA
    • July 29-31, 2017 - Index, WA
       

 

Rescue for Guides and Boaters

  • This course is designed to meet the current industry standards for people that work or play on or around the river, such as professional guides, recreational boaters, and Fish and Game personnel. Students will benefit from this intensive, hands-on course, using simple equipment and techniques to solve rescue scenarios that might occur on the river. Objectives emphasize developing self-rescue skills, utilizing existing water dynamics, and handling hazards and obstacles. Presented in a 3 day format (9-5 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday), this course takes the basic core essentials from the Swiftwater Rescue Technician course and applies them to the real world river environment.

    • Prerequisites include being in good physical condition and having 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.

    • Course Cost: $345

    Recertifications

    • Recert dates are the same as regular course dates
    • Recert: $250

    Course Dates & Locations

    • March 17-19, 2017 - Index, WA
    • May 5-7, 2017 - Index, WA
  • Kayaking in whitewater can be a thrill, but there are some very real dangers that need to be prepared for. Getting some training is one of the best things you can do for yourself and those you boat with if you want to keep yourselves safe while out playing. For those who do not have the time for a 3-day course, this is an intensive one-day look at kayak rescue. You will learn about basic rope techniques, rescue jackets, group organization and much more.

    • Prerequisites include a basic ability to swim and familiarity with whitewater kayaking.
    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, hardshell kayak, spray skirt, and paddle. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $100
    • Course Dates: by request of groups of 6 or more
    • Course location: Index, WA
  • This 2 day course covers the latest in basic rescue techniques for boaters using a minimal amount of gear. We work on vertical pins, wrapped and broached boats, body and foot entrapments, safe swimming techniques and use of rescue jackets, towing boats and more. Certified American Canoe Association instructors teach this course.

    • Prerequisites include a basic ability to swim and familiarity with whitewater kayaking.
    • Required equipment includes wetsuit or drysuit, a USCG approved life jacket, whitewater helmet, booties or tennis shoes, hardshell kayak, spray skirt, and paddle. Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.
    • Students are encouraged to bring their own personal gear, however Wave Trek Rescue has some gear available for classes—check availability.
    • Course Cost: $180.
    • We can also do a custom class in your area. Feel free to contact us.

    Course Dates & Locations

    • Course Dates: None scheduled at this time. Contact us for availability.