Swiftwater Rescue Courses

Whether it is the Rescue 3 swift water rescue technician, river rescue, whitewater rescue or stream rescue, 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 swift water rescue training needs. With over 25 years of experience, our classes are customized for your environment. Our Rescue 3 and California State Fire Marshall classes are NFPA compliant and our series of classes for Fisheries folks receive rave reviews. We cater to Fire Departments, Search and Rescue Swiftwater Teams, USAF, US Coast Guard Swiftwater Teams, Sheriff Departments and many other agencies. We also have river rescue courses specifically designed for swiftwater professionals and private boaters.

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Fire/SAR

Military (all branches)

River Guide

Recreational Boater

Biologist/Hydrologist/Environmental Consultant

  

NFPA, FEMA and CAL FIRE SWIFT WATER RESCUE COURSES

 

(SRT-1) Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue class is the first of three classes needed for personnel to meet the requirements for the Technician level NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents and the NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications in the area of water. Sierra Rescue also offers California State Fire Marshall certifications. To learn more about the difference, click here.

Swiftwater Recovery Specialist and Family Liaison Officer Training

This upgrade course for Rescue 3 International Swiftwater Rescue Technicians to learn the complexities and techniques of body recovery from shallow depth swiftwater environments.

Developed by international experts and using the latest research to provide an evidence based curriculum, this two day course covers legal authorities, disaster victim identification, recovery incident management, decomposition, infectious disease control, psychological considerations, management of family and media, evidential recording for law enforcement, specialist recovery equipment, methods and a series of recovery exercises.

From body recovery to supporting the victims family, these trainings will prepare you for situations you may encounter in the field.

(SRT-A) Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue 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 (SRT-1) 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 SRT-1 techniques into more difficult technical swiftwater rescue situations.

(SRT-1/SRT-A) Unit 1/Advanced Combo

Click here for course dates & locations. This is the SRT Unit 1 and SRT Advanced water rescue courses taught back to back.  It is an intense 6-day training that will challenge students to push their boundaries and learn lots.  NFPA Compliant training.

(OPS) Operations: Swiftwater First Responder

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue course is designed to provide students with both a theoretical and practical knowledge of the basics of swiftwater rescue. The class includes classroom instruction and practical field exercise. Students are trained in hazard recognition, equipment use, and basic shore and boat-based rescue techniques, as well as a wide variety of other skills. After completing this course, personnel will also be able to be in the support role for technician level rescuers in higher risk technical water rescues. The course meets the NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations.

(SRT 1/ TRR-TL) SRT Advanced Combo (NFPA Technician Level)

Click here for course dates & locations. This is the whole shebang for the NFPA training requirements for Swiftwater and Technical Rope Rescue Technician.  Includes NFPA required training for Swiftwater, Flood Rescue, River Rescue and Technical Rope Rescue in the Low, Steep and Vertical Angle environments.  We run these classes back to back so they can be done in a 10 day training period.  Hands on, full days lead to full immersion in the Swiftwater Rescue and Technical Rope Rescue environments.

NFPA Technician w/ Professional Qualifications Workshop

Click here for course dates & locations. This is the whole Technician Level Training (SRT-1/A/TRR-TL) with the Professional Qualifications Workbook and Workshop.

California State Fire Marshal: River and Flood Water Rescue

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue course is accredited by the California State Fire Marshal’ Office for the Fire Service Training and Education Program (FSTEP).    After completion of this course, participants will receive their CSFM River and Flood Water Rescue FSTEP certificate. This course meets the requirements of NFPA 1670 Standard for Operations level Technical Rescue Incidents in the area of water. For more information about the difference between the SRT & CSFM certifications, click here. Sierra Rescue also offers California State Fire Marshal Boat Operations and Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations courses.

(RS) Surface Water Rescue / Rescue Swimmer

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue course is the core of the Rescue 3 – Rescue Swimmer program. This class is aimed for students rescuing in an inland open water environment such as lakes or ponds of various sizes, as well as flatwater rivers and park waterfronts. This class is a must do for life guards, firefighters, EMTs, park rangers, biologists, DFG and FS employees, professional rescuers and even recreational water enthusiasts who have flatwater in and around where they work and play!!

Rescue 3 International Instructor Course for Water & Rope

Click here for course dates & locations. This course is only offered a few times each year in the entire Country!  The training prerequisites can be found at: http://www.rescue3international.com/instructor_courses.php

We require a personal assessment of your skills and ability to teach before guaranteeing you a spot in the class.  We highly recommend you attend one of our classes during the fulfillment of your prerequisites for an on-going analysis.  We accept recommendations from other Rescue 3 Instructor Trainers. This process requires an intense commitment; but is worth it!

Please contact us directly and ask for Julie or Abigail before you register for this course. Thank You!

Swift Water Rescue Courses for Guides, Kayakers and Private Boaters

 

(RRC) River Rescue Certification

Click here for course dates & locations. A DYNAMIC water rescue course specifically written and designed for private boaters, kayakers and non-profit organizations!  Basic river skills are a prerequisite! Emphasis is on identifying hazards and on RESCUE itself; both of self and others.  Thinking through rescues is also emphasized.  This is the class you want as a boater to stay safe and know what to do if something goes wrong. This is an American Canoe Association ACA Level 4 Swiftwater Rescue course.  Although this course meets agency Swiftwater Rescue certification requirements for river guides and kayakers; its pace allows for thorough integration of knowledge and practice of the skills that matter.  The two day format makes the course more affordable and accessible.  This course should be a prerequisite to anyone boating on any river anywhere!  The course addresses the river rescue needs of rafters, cat boaters, kayakers, pack rafters, canoeists, riverboarders and SUP paddlers.

(RRC-Pro) River Rescue Certification for the Professional

Click here for course dates & locations. An Internationally recognized water rescue certification that is written for Professional BOATERS, by Professional BOATERS. It is a fast paced, scenario based course designed to develop the ability to choose good actions when a river rescue is necessary. This curriculum is for river guides and kayakers that spend a good portion of their lives on the river in a professional capacity, and therefore have a solid base of boating and basic rescue skills already.

This energetic, and physical curriculum will be challenging and focused on quick reaction time with a thorough understanding of options and resources.  The skills testing component will emphasize knowing your own limits, skill level, knowledge of basic rope skills and the ability to execute a rescue as part of a team.  The challenges of responding at night are highlighted in the night op. The task book at the end lays out easy ways to keep your certification current with continuing education and testing day options.  This three day, intensive and comprehensive course takes professional certification for the professional boater to a whole new level.

Prerequisites: Current River Guide, completed guide school, some rescue training in the use of throw bags, basic knots and anchors.

RRC-P UPGRADE (Current River Rescue Certifications ONLY!)

Click here for course dates & locations. If you have a CURRENT RRC certification and you are CURRENT on your skills, you can upgrade your certification to the River Rescue Certification for the Professional (RRC-Pro)! To do so, you will be joining an existing RRC-Pro course but only for the night operation (briefing starts at 5:00pm) on Day 2, and then the skills testing on Day 3. If you pass all the testing, we will upgrade your certification to the PRO level.

Prerequisites: Current River Rescue Certification, Current River Guide or Kayak Instructor, and excellent rescue skills.  The testing will include all components of the RRC course.  For more information, refer to the course PDF.  If you are rusty on your rescue skills, but want to upgrade your certification, we recommend that you take the full RRC PRO at our re-certification price.  The upgrade consists mostly of testing all the skills you learn in the RRC courses.

You MUST bring a copy of your CURRENT River Rescue Certification with you to class. You will not receive the RRC-PRO upgrade if you don’t have it!

(RRC-K) River Rescue Certification – Kayak Specific

Click here for course dates & locations. This RRC Course is being specially offered for whitewater kayakers.  The class will feature some of the latest in kayaker safety, proper gear usage, towing unconscious swimmers and boats, rescuing gear and many of the challenges faced by whitewater boaters today.  Students taking this course must meet the following general requirements:

  • Class III or better whitewater kayaker with reliable roll
  • Required creek or river running kayak (no playboats or IKs please)
  • Float bag(s) in kayak recommended
  • River rescue PFD (Type V) with tow tether

River Rescue Clinic for Kayakers

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue class is tailored just for KAYAKERS!  Learn kayak specific rescue techniques, work on access problems, and deal with rescue scenarios that are specifically aimed at the modern whitewater kayaker.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Rescue Clinic

Click here for course dates & locations. Do you Stand Up Paddleboard? Whether it’s flat water or whitewater, you should know some of the basic rescue techniques before your next adventure. This 1 day SUP rescue course is fun and fast-paced!

River Guide Schools

Click here for course dates & locations. Our Whitewater River Guide Schools are taught by expert river guide Julie Munger. Julie has been a commercial international river guide for more than 25 years. She will give you the training to become a professional river guide. Sierra Rescue emphasizes boat handling skills with rowing and paddle boats, river reading, hydrodynamics and fun. We always include lots of safety skills and work through many rescue and river scenarios. We help touch on group dynamic and leadership topics as well as teach leave no trace camping skills on multi-day rafting trips. These classes can range from 6-8 days and can also include Wilderness First Aid/ CPR Instruction. Upon completion of the school you will receive a detailed evaluation of strengths and weaknesses to let you know where you can improve your guide skills. You will also receive a referral letter to outfitters from a well known and distinguished international river guide.

Riverboard Clinics

Click here for course dates & locations. Want to see the river and learn how to read the river from a ducks point of view? Then come and learn how to riverboard!! Feel the river in your face as you safely plunge in. Riverboards are an incredible tool for learning how to read and understand river currents, as well as for having a ton of fun. They will help you become a much better boater if you are a kayaker, rafter, or recreational paddler. We teach private and group lessons. Get a few friends together and we’ll come meet you. We have the boards and the fins all you need is your own personal gear. Call or contact us for more info.

Government Agencies and Environmental Consultants Swiftwater Rescue Courses

 

 

(WRT) Whitewater Rescue Technician

Click here for course dates & locations. The Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT) course is for people who either work or for recreational purposes find themselves on or around the river.

DWR, Fish and Game personnel, Environmental Consultants, Fisheries Biologists and other professionals that work around streams and rivers will find this course applicable to their needs. Fire and rescue personnel should take the NFPA-compliant Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRT-1) course. River Guides, Private Boaters and Kayakers should take the ACA or the River Rescue Certification.

(SRT-1) Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue class is the first of three classes needed for personnel to meet the requirements for the Technician level NFPA 1670 Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents and the NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications in the area of water. Sierra Rescue also offers California State Fire Marshall certifications. To learn more about the difference, click here.

(SRT-A) Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

Click here for course dates & locations. This water rescue 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 (SRT-1) 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 SRT-1 techniques into more difficult technical swiftwater rescue situations.

(SRT-1/SRT-A) Unit 1/Advanced Combo

Click here for course dates & locations. This is the SRT Unit 1 and SRT Advanced water rescue courses taught back to back.  It is an intense 6-day training that will challenge students to push their boundaries and learn lots.  NFPA Compliant training.

Stream Rescue Workshops

Click here for course dates & locations.These workshops have been created for fisheries employees who work around creeks and streams. This 1-3 day workshop with practice on anything from wader swimming to wilderness survival. The main focus being the prevention of accidents. It is great to do this with a joint wilderness first aid workshop.

For full course description and more information see FAQ’s

Combination Courses

As a sponsor putting together a course you can combine any of the courses Sierra Rescue offers, or design a course that is specific to your needs. All you need is a minimum of 8-12 students.

Our most popular Combination Course is a ten/ eleven day Wilderness First Responder mixed with a Whitewater Rescue Technician or Swiftwater Rescue Technician course. This combination prepares beginning river guides beyond most industry standards and is a great add on into a guide school.

When time is an issue, a 5 day Wilderness First Aid Workshop and Whitewater Rescue Technician Combination Course is a great choice. Sierra Rescue regularly designs these custom classes for government agencies, Universities, and fishery agencies to make the course fit the group.

Designing a class that is perfect for your group is easy, and we love to do it. It makes our work more interesting and ever changing. We train US Marines from the Mountain Warfare Training Center, US Coast Guard Rescue Swimmers, US Forest Service field staff, Fish and Game and Fish and Wildlife staff, EMT’s and Firefighters from all over California, Outward Bound Instructors, Grand Canyon River Guides, and many other folks from all walks of life. Get in touch with us today to start planning your custom Combination Course.