Boat Operator Courses

Whether it is the Rescue 3 flood rescue boat operator, swiftwater rescue boat operator or NIMS rescue boat operator, we have the class for you! As the California and Western Regional Training Center for Rescue 3 International, Sierra Rescue is the ideal choice for your boat operation training needs. With over 25 years of experience, our classes are customized for your environment. Our Rescue 3 classes are NIMS compliant. We cater to Fire Departments, Search and Rescue Swiftwater Teams, USAF, US Coast Guard Swiftwater Teams, Sheriff Departments and many other agencies.

Looking for other California State Fire Marshal courses? Check out our River & Flood Rescue and Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations Courses.

NIMS and FEMA Rescue Boat Operator Courses

(FRBO) Flood Rescue Boat Operator

Click here for course dates & locations. Flood Rescue Boat Operator is a course designed to train rescue personnel in handling motorized boats during flood operations. Students start with an online pre-class component and get real world practice during two days of throttle time. Students are exposed to a number of topics including types of motorized boats suitable for water rescue, boat handling on still or slowly moving water, crew roles, boat safety and problem solving. Techniques are then put to work doing searches in flood environments, stranded victim and in-water retrieval, and rescue of conscious and unconscious persons. The SRT-1 is a prerequisite for this course.

To meet the NIMS standard for Rescue Boat Operations, students must take Flood Rescue Boat Operator in conjunction with Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator or take the 5 day NIMS Rescue Boat Operator course.

(SRBO) Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator

Click here for course dates & locations. This course is designed to introduce students to boat operation on swiftwater. During the course students gain experience reading moving water and operating boats in current. Using both a motor and paddles, students will practice such skills as use and avoidance of hydraulics, ferrying across current, and obstacle navigation will be practiced in class I and II whitewater. Students then progress to operating both up and down stream in class III and above whitewater. Other exercises include night operation scenarios and multiple boat operations.

To meet the NIMS standard for Rescue Boat Operations, students must take Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator in conjunction with Flood Rescue Boat Operator or take the 5 day NIMS Rescue Boat Operator course.

(NRBO) NIMS Rescue Boat Operator

Click here for course dates & locations. The NIMS Rescue Boat Operator program combines all of the skills learned in the Flood Rescue Boat Operator and Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator courses. Students will learn to handle boats in both flat and moving water (class III), as well as how to perform rescues safely and effectively in both environments. This course is designed to meet the needs of agencies who wish to comply with the FEMA team typing requirements or work in conjunction with other agencies and departments during national disasters.