(TAR) Technical Animal Rescue

This course incorporates water and flood rescue techniques with animal behavior to better understand and perform successful animal rescues.

It will provide students with an Operations Level certification in Swiftwater and Flood Rescue. This is the prerequisite for animal rescue workers to be able to enter a flood or swiftwater zone. The rescuer will be trained to participate in shore OR boat based swiftwater rescues that involve animals or humans.

It is an intensive three-day, 24 hour class. It has a half day of classroom instruction followed by two and a half days of developing and practicing animal rescue skills; as well as understanding the swiftwater and flood environment. The initial emphasis is on self rescue and the hazards of the swiftwater environment. This will evolve into an understanding of animal rescue techniques and animal behavior.

Other objectives include an in-depth look at water dynamics, animal handling, using basic rescue equipment, setting up technical rope systems and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential animal rescue operations.

A course manual, skill sheet, test, Technical Animal Rescue (TAR-SW) Certificate of Completion, I.D. card are all provided during the class. This class also includes the Rescue 3 Swiftwater Operations certification.


18 years of age
Adequate health insurance coverage
Basic swimming ability
In good physical condition

Equipment needed:

Full wetsuit or drysuit
Lightweight water or kayak helmet
USCG Type III or V approved lifejacket/ PFD
Thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes
Gloves are optional but helpful in cold water

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