Rescue Technician - Swiftwater Rescue Technician (Requires Medical Clearance)

Instructional Hours: 48.00

Objective: To provide rescuers with an introduction to water hydraulics and interpretation, proper equipment use, and self-rescue swimming techniques in swiftwater and flood conditions. The course also provides a base level of knowledge to aid rescuers with advanced problems of river searches, the use of boats, and rope systems.

Learning Outcome: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to function as part of an integrated swiftwater rescue team utilizing incident command to accomplish a safe rescue. A score of 70% or better is required on all examinations.

Course Content: Major topics covered in the course are water hydrology, pre-incident planning, incident size up, incident management, safety, communications, victim rescue, surface watercraft, various in-water drills, par buckling, low-head dam phenomenon, swiftwater operations, pre-incident planning, incident management, hazard mitigation, mechanical advantage rope rescue systems, highline rescue systems, mock night search, and other advanced rope rescue skills.

Methods of Instruction: Lecture, discussion, classroom exercises, practical skills exercises, a mid-term examination and a final written and practical examination.

The prerequisites for this course are Protective Envelope and Foam, Pre-Emergency Response Training, Firefighter I, or equivalent


Rescue Technician - Site Operations (RES-101) or Rescue Technician - Site Operations and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue (RES-201).

Participants should be able to swim 100 yards without stopping or using a flotation device and be able to tread water for 5 minutes without using a flotation device.

Upon successful completion, this course partially satisfies the professional certification requirements for:

  • Surface Water Technical Rescuer I & II