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Swiftwater Rescue

Surface Water Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue


These two courses are designed to prepare emergency response personnel to perform rescue operations in moving water emergencies. Topics include pre-planning, personal protective equipment, search parameters, incident action plans, surface rescue techniques, advanced rope systems in the aquatic environment, and use of watercraft and helicopters in water rescue operations. Students will participate in moving water exercises to demonstrate proficiency in appropriate skills.

These two courses have been combined in this delivery to train participants to the Surface Water Rescue, Level II; and the Swiftwater Rescue, Level II Technical Rescuer, according to NFPA 1006, 2013 Ed.


St. Louis Class Details


Kansas City Class Details

Special Requirements


Students will need a full wet suit/surface dry suit, tennis shoes/booties, a lightweight rescue type/ whitewater-type helmet, and lightweight leather or ski gloves, a personal flotation device rated for Swiftwater operations with minimum buoyancy rating of 22 lbs. (This is a very physical and demanding class.)
  • Participants will be required to complete an entrance level swim test on the second day of class. Swim test will consist of a 300 meter swim in a pool setting, using only forward (power) strokes, with no rest breaks, and no swim aids, in 10 minutes or less. Participants who fail this entry-level test will not be allowed to participate in remaining program.

  • Participants will also be tested on prerequisite knowledge of ropes and knots. Participants should be prepared to perform knot tying and mechanical advantage systems as outlined in NFPA 1006, Chapter 5, subsections 5.5.1- 5.5.4 and Chapter 6 subsections 6.1.1-6.1.4 and 6.2.5-6.2.6.

  • A partial refund of registration fee may be given for any student who fails these entrance tests.




Surface Water Rescue STL - September 26-27, 2015 $475
KC - October 12-13, 2015
Swiftwater Rescue STL - September 28-29, 2015
  KC - October 14-15, 2015


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Columbia, MO 65211-3410

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