Swiftwater Rescue Courses

Whether it is the Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technician, the Sierra Rescue International River Rescue, an ACA Swiftwater course, 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. We teach hands on progressive rescue techniques that have been proven to work in the field. All of our curriculums meet NFPA standards. Our Rescue 3 International and California State Fire Marshal classes are written to meet the needs of Fire Fighters and SAR personnel. Our series of classes for Fisheries folks receive rave reviews. We cater to Fire Departments, Search and Rescue Swiftwater Teams, USAF PJ’s and other branches of the Military, the US Coast Guard, Sheriff Departments, River Guides, private boaters and many other agencies. Our river rescue courses are specifically designed for swiftwater professionals and private boaters; and meet the highest International Standards. Our River Rescue certification courses are endorsed by the International Rafting Federation (IRF) and Rescue 3 International, and are recognized all around the world meeting standards set by the New Zealand Maritime and the British Canoe Union, among others. We also support and encourage membership in the American Canoe Association (ACA) and American Whitewater (AW).

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NFPA, FEMA and CAL FIRE SWIFT WATER RESCUE COURSES

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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 Marshal certifications. To learn more about the difference, click here.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

Swiftwater Rescue Unit 1/Advanced Combo

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

Swiftwater First Responder: Operations Level

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

NFPA Technician Level: Rope and Water

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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 consecutive training period.  Hands on, full days lead to full immersion in the Swiftwater Rescue and Technical Rope Rescue environments. ProQual Workbook can be added to any course for additional fee.

California State Fire Marshal: River and Flood Water Rescue

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

Rescue 3 International Instructor Course for Water

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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

River Rescue Certification

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

River Rescue Certification: Professional

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

River Rescue Certification: Kayak Specific

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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

Government Agencies and Environmental Consultants Swiftwater Rescue Courses

River Rescue for Government Agencies

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. The River Rescue Certification for Agencies is designed specifically for Environmental Consultants, Fish and Game personnel, Biologists, Department of Water Resources personnel and other State and Federal employees who work on or around flowing water. Emphasis is on safe and best practices, hazard recognition, prevention and self rescue, proper use of equipment and simple rescue techniques. Students will benefit from this intensive, hands-on course and will learn to use techniques and simple equipment to access and perform river rescues. The emphasis is on speedy, low-tech, and improvised rescue techniques that are effective and require minimal equipment and involves boat and inflatable kayak safety and rescue when used by the Agency. These courses are usually taught as custom courses for specific Agencies or groups of people.

River Guides, Private Boaters and Kayakers should take the ACA or the River Rescue Certification.

Stream Rescue Workshops

Click here for dates & locations or full course description.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.

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Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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 Marshal certifications. To learn more about the difference, click here.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

Click here for dates & locations or full course description. 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.

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 River Rescue 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.