Swift Water Rescue
This course is the first of three classes needed for personnel to meet the requirements for the Technician level NFPA 1670 Stan- dard on the Operations and Training for Technical Rescue Incidents and the NFPA 1006 Standard for Rescue Technician Professional Qualifications in the area of water. It is an intensive three-day, 24 – 30 hour class. It has one day of classroom instruction followed by two days developing and practicing water rescue skills. The initial emphasis is on self-rescue skills. Other objectives include an in-depth look at such objects as water dynamics, handling hazards and obstacles, using basic rescue equipment, setting up technical rope systems, controlling in-water contact rescues, and much more. Information from this course is applicable to anyone confronted with potential water rescue, as well as, the possibility of self-rescue are all provided during the class. Instructor: Sierra Rescue.
This workshop teaches recognition and avoidance of common river hazards, execution of self-rescue techniques, and rescue techniques for paddlers in distress. Emphasis is placed on both personal safety and on simple, commonly used skills. Techniques for dealing with hazards that carry greater risks for both victim and rescuer, such as strainers, rescue vest applications, entrapments and pins are also practiced. Scenarios will provide an opportunity for participants to practice their skills both individually and within a team/group context. Ideally, students should be able to competently maneuver a craft in at least Class II whitewater. Participants should be in good health and overall fitness, possess solid swimming ability, and be comfortable swimming in moving current during river drills. Participants should dress appropriately for weather and temperature, and should expect to be in the wa- ter for extended periods of time. Instructor: Sierra Rescue (www.sierrarescue.com).