Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

This course is the third class needed for personnel wanting to meet the requirements of the NFPA 1670 Standard and the NFPA 1006 Standard at the Technician Level for water. This course takes the student who has completed Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRTU1) and Technical Rope Rescue Technician level (TRR-TL) beyond the emphasis of self-rescue and further concentrates on rescue in hard to get to areas and more difficult swiftwater situations. This is done by integrating the SRTU1 techniques into more difficult technical swiftwater rescue situations.

Overall Basic Outline:

  • Introductions and paperwork
  • Advanced swimming: defensive, agressive, barrell rolls, accessing eddies 
  • Advanced throw bags: when, where, coils, belay, back-up, vector pull
  • Contact rescues: defensive, counter panic passengers
  • Live-Bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques
  • River boarding and raft handling in class 3 whitewater
  • Flip and recovery drills
  • Wrapped Boats
  • Water to Rope transitions
  • Combination of Advanced Swiftwater and Technical Rope skills
  • Pick offs, Knot passing, Mechanical Advantage review, Litter packaging, Raising and Lowering evolutions
  • Night Operation: will go from dark until the "victims" are found and evacuated. The process will most likely involve at least one victim needing to be packaged and transported in a litter up a steep bank.
  • Debrief Night Operation
  • Flood canal and flash flood rescue techniques
  • Low-head Dam rescues: video review and objective analysis
  • Scenarios: These will involve rescuing folks out of flood canals in very fast water among others; including entrapments, low head dams (simulation) and other advanced scenarios not already addressed in the first two days.

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