Swift Water Rescue Operations and Technician

Course Description

This program meets or exceeds the requirements for NFPA 1006 Standard for the Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications, Chapter 17 for Awareness, Operations and Technician levels.  The student will learn to perform at the Operations and Technician level as specified in NFPA 1670, Standard on Operations and Training for Technical Search and Rescue Incidents, Chapter 17.

This 40-hour program is designed to introduce students to the principles of water rescue in water moving at a speed exceeding 1 knot.  Students will learn the dynamics of moving water, hazards associated with moving water, and self-rescue skills if in the moving water environment.  Students will use rope systems to assist in victim rescue, both shore and boat based, as well as perform a variety non-entry rescue.  Students will be instructed in the techniques necessary to perform a “Go” (swimming) rescue in water moving at a speed of greater than 1 knot.  Students will be required to pass a swim test to demonstrate basic watermanship skills in moving water. Topics covered will include direct contact victim rescue techniques, skills for negotiating swift water, and boat operations and rescues in moving water.

Course Offerings

5 Day Class (40-hour program)

Agenda

Day 1 Morning/Classroom                                                    (7 Hours)

  1. Lecture
    1. Why you’re here
    2. Objectives
    3. Standards (NFPA, VDFP, AHJ)
    4. Components of Scene Size Up (THETHORGH)
    5. Preplanning
    6. ICS (Team Structure)
    7. Search (Surface)
    8. Swiftwater Rescue Absolutes
    9. Evolution of White Water (Hydrology)
    10. Hazards
    11. Personal / Team PPE
    12. Rescuer Safety
    13. Site / Scene Safety
    14. Commands / Communications
    15. Survival Swimming / Ferry Angles
    16. Boat Operations for Shore and Water Bound Rescues
    17. In Water Rescue and High-Risk Rescue
      1. In Water Contact Rescues
      2. Vehicles in Water
      3. Low Head Dams
      4. Foot Entrapments
      5. Night Operations

 

Day 1 Afternoon/Pool                                                (3 Hours)

Swim Qualification Test

 

Day 2 Morning Practical Location                                           (5 Hours)

 

  1. River / Water Orientation (On Shore)
    1. Safety Briefing / PPE Review
    2. Water Orientation
    3. Commands
    4. Reading Water
    5. Identifying Hazards

Reach Techniques Review (On Shore)

    1. DEMO/Discussion Options
    2. Throw Bags (On Shore and In Water)
  1. Survival Swimming (In Water)
    1. Defensive Swim (Solo/Partner)
    2. Defensive to Offensive

 

Day 2 Afternoon Practical Location                               (5 Hours)

 

  1. Swift Water Shore Based Boat Operations (On Shore and In Water)
    1. Reading/Preparing Boats
    2. Boat Positioning/Bracing
    3. 2 / 4 Point Boat Tethers
  2. Self-Rescue (In Water)
    1. Rescuer V Lowers
    2. Activation Quick Release

 

Day 3 Morning Practical Location                                           (5 Hours)

  1. Safety and Command Review (On Shore and In Water)
  2. In Water Contact Rescues
    1. Shallow Water Entry
    2. Towed Victim
    3. Live Bait
  3. Strainer (In Water)
  4. Dynamic Water Maneuvering (Eddie Hopping)

 

Day 3 Afternoon Practical Location                               (5 Hours) 

  1. Shallow Water Crossing Techniques (In Water)
    1. Solo (With Paddle/Tool)
    2. Line of Breast (2 or more Rescuers)
    3. The Wedge
    4. The Diamond
  2. Foot Entrapments (In Water)
    1. Stabilization Line
    2. Single Snag Line Method (Single Rope)
    3. Two-Line Loop Method (Two Rope)
    4. Tethered Swimmer Method
    5. V-Lower Method
    6. Tadpole (Access from only one side)

 

Day 4 Morning Practical Location                                           (4 Hours)

    1. Swift Water Rope Rigging (On Shore)
      1. Theory of Water Rescue Rigging
      2. Minimal Anchors
      3. 3:1 Z-Drag
      4. Boat Tyrolean
    2. Swift Water Boat Operations (On Shore and In Water)
      1. Review Positioning/Bracing
      2. R2, R3, R4, R5
      3. Paddle Commands
      4. Entering Boat (Upright)
      5. Boat Recoveries

 

Day 4 Afternoon Practical Location                               (6 Hours) 

  1. Tensioned Diagonal (In Water)
    1. Solo Single-Handed Ferry Angle Crossing
    2. Buddy Cow Tail Ferry Angle Crossing
  2. Boat Tyrolean (In Water)

 

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1006 & 1670**

Surface Boat School

**Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for CEU’s under NFPA 1952**

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