Swiftwater Rescue Technician Courses

It is an intensive three-day, 24- to 30-hour swiftwater rescue technician class and includes 8 hours of ONLINE instruction followed by three days developing and practicing water rescue skills. The initial emphasis is on self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at such subjects as water dynamics, handling hazards and obstacles, using basic rescue equipment, setting up technical rope systems, controlling in-water contact rescues, pre-planning; rescue and recovery management; specific problems which arise with floods; rescue from class IV-VI whitewater; advanced hydrology; raising/lowering systems; stokes litter management; ; a mock Search and Rescue (SAR) problem and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as the possibility of self-rescue.

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