This course teaches rescue techniques with regard to limited resources in more of a remote setting. This three day 24 hr course meets the needs of professional river guides as well as USFS and BLM employees. Recreational river runners or anyone finding themselves working on or near moving water will gain valuable techniques in dealing with water hazards and emergencies. This intensive 24 hour class generally has two to three hours of on-land instruction each morning prior to entering the water.

Course focus is on rescues with team members having limited rescue resources, people to help, and communication with outside parties. This course is designed to meet varying student skill levels, and everyone from seasoned guides to recreational river runners will benefit from the rescue techniques taught in this course. Self rescue and hazard avoidance and recognition are key components in this swiftwater course. We teach basic technical rope systems, and then systematically remove hardware to increase the demand on the student to problem solve with limited gear and resources. Designed for people working on or around rivers or running rivers privately, this course is a “must have” for anyone wishing to run rivers in rafts or kayaks. Additionally, anyone finding themselves exposed to moving water will gain an incredible amount of knowledge from this course.


3 Year Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT-I) Certification of Course Completion – with satisfactory practical and written skills evaluations. On occasion, the instructor may make the determination that a 3 year certification of course completion may need to be limited to 1 or 2 years. This will be outlined in the SSI Core Competencies evaluation and explained to the student.

Learning Objectives

  • Remote-based rescues with limited rescue resources
  • Personnel and group communication
  • Proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Gaining comfort with swimming in rivers
  • Self rescue and rescue priorities
  • Throw bag techniques
  • Foot entrapment extrication
  • Tethered swimmer (live bait)
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Hazard avoidance and recognition
  • Knots and anchors
  • Basic (horizontal) technical rope systems & vector pulls
  • Tensioned diagonals
  • Boat pins / flips (class specific and course site dependent)
  • Problem solving with limited gear and resources
  • Overall emergency assessment and recognition dealing with swift water application