USNWC Swiftwater Rescue Courses

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Awareness Level Course

This four hour comprehensive presentation provides students essential knowledge and is a must for any support staff faced with a swiftwater or flood event.  This course can be offered at the home site of your department or at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

COURSE CONTENT INCLUDES:

  • Recognizing the need for water search and rescue
  • Implementing the assessment phase
  • Identifying resources necessary to conduct water rescues
  • Pre-planning and mitigation
  • Hazards and hydrology
  • Determining rescues vs. recoveries
  • Understanding equipment need to perform water rescues

PREREQUITES:

  • No prerequisites required

OTHER COURSE INFORMATION:

  • $45 per person
  • Experience Level:  Beginner
  • Duration: 4hrs
  • Course Capacity: 10 – 100 participants
  • Courses outside our 100 mile radius will incur a travel fee

COURSE AVAILABILITY:

  • Contact us at apeeler@usnwc.org to set up a course for your team
  • Course offered by request only

USNWC Swiftwater and Flood Rescue I

This intensive two-day course focuses on recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self rescue techniques, and simple rescue methods used in team dynamics. The USNWC Swiftwater and Flood Rescue I course meets and exceeds the NFPA 1006 standards for Surface, Swiftwater and Flood Rescue. Each day will start in the classroom and will move to the river for hands on training in the afternoon. This course is primarily focused on anyone confronted with potential water rescue,including self-rescue.

Course Content Includes:

  • Hazards and hydrology
  • Self-rescue techniques
  • Preparation and planning
  • Basic use of rescue equipment
  • Knots and basic anchor systems
  • Wading
  • Dealing with foot entrapment
  • Tensioned diagonals
  • Basic understanding and use of the rescue vest

Minimum Gear Requirements:

  • Dress appropriately for weather (drysuit, wetsuit, etc.)
  • Helmet (lightweight water or kayak helmet)
  • PFD (USCG Type III or V)
  • Shoes (thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes)
  • Throw bag
  • Two locking carabineers

Prerequisites:

  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical shape

Other Course Information:

  • Price: $225
    • Course book included
  • Experience Level: Beginner – Intermediate
  • Duration: 2 days (16 to 18 hours)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Course Capacity: 8 – 18 participants

Course Availability:

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue I  (Price: $225):

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue I + II (Price: $500):

Contact us at rescue@usnwc.org to set up a class today for your group.

USNWC Swiftwater and Flood Rescue II

This intensive three-day course focuses on recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self rescue techniques, advanced rescue methods used in team dynamics, victim rescues and scenarios based on real life rescues. Participants will also be introduced to the use of paddle rafts. The USNWC Swiftwater and Flood Rescue II course meets and exceeds the NFPA 1006 standards for Surface, Swiftwater and Flood Rescue. Each day will start in the classroom and will move to the river for hands on training in the afternoon. This is the second of the two part course.

Course content includes:

  • Hazards and hydrology
  • Advanced swimming techniques
  • Advanced anchor systems
  • Advanced cinches for foot entrapment
  • Back boarding in moving current
  • Two and four point boat systems
  • Introduction to paddle/raft maneuvers
  • High lines
  • Other rescue scenarios

Minimum gear requirements:

  • Dress appropriately for weather (drysuit, wetsuit, etc.)
  • Helmet (lightweight water or kayak helmet)
  • PFD (USCG Type III or V)
  • Shoes (thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes)
  • Throw bag
  • Two locking carabineers

Prerequisites:

  • Basic swimming ability
  • In good physical shape
  • Must have completed USNWC SWR I

Other course information:

  • Price: $275
  • Experience Level: Advanced
  • Duration: 3 days (24 to 27 hours)
  • Minimum Age: 18 years old
  • Course Capacity: 8 – 18 participants

Course availability:

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue II (Price: $275):

Swiftwater and Flood Rescue I + II (Price: $500):

Contact us at rescue@usnwc.org to set up a class today for your group.