This 3-day “Operations” level course generally has 2 hours of classroom instruction each morning to front-load the days objectives. This will be immediately followed-up with developing and practicing technical water and rope rescue skills throughout the remainder of the day. The initial emphasis is on self-rescue and hazard avoidance, and other objectives include hydrology, recognizing and avoiding hazards and obstacles, effectively using basic rescue equipment, setting up basic rope systems, controlling in-water contact rescues, extrication, site control and scene management as well as understanding the common terminology related to all swift water rescue deployments. In-house training is designed for the AHJ’s direct needs and an evaluation of the AHJ’s Emergency Response Plan with regard to a water response that may be conducted. Additionally, we have refined the recertification process saving money and hours involved in an effort to better facilitate on-going training for the agency. Technician level courses are also available, as well as combo operations and technician level courses. Contact SSI for custom agency quotes.

Meets 1670 & 1006 NFPA Standards

As defined by the NFPA 1670 standard, Technician level is only achieved by becoming a water and rope technician. These courses are only taught to professional hosting agencies, and this is the first of three courses needed to gain “Technician” level qualifications for placement on FEMA response units. Please call for availability. Practical learning experience with live project work and examples.

Courses needed to become a “Swiftwater Technician” under the NFPA training model

Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT-I) NFPA

Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT-II) NFPA

Techncial Rope Rescue – Technician Level (TRR-TL) This may be satisfied with in-house training.


3 Year Swiftwater Rescue Training (SRT-I) NFPA Certification – with satisfactory practical and written skills evaluations. Certification will meet the NFPA 1670 & 1006 training objectives.

Learning Objectives

  • Personnel and group communication
  • Site control
  • Gaining comfort with swimming in rivers
  • Self rescue and rescue priorities
  • Throw bags and basic rope work
  • Foot entrapment extrication
  • Tethered swimmer (live bait)
  • Contact Swims
  • Shallow water crossings
  • Hazard avoidance and recognition
  • Knots and anchors
  • Technical rope systems including mechanical advantage of 3:1, 4:1, 9:1
  • Search and extraction techniques
  • Overall emergency assessment and recognition dealing with swift water application