Swift Water Rescue


We offer 2 core flood and swiftwater courses – Operations & Technician.  Our instructors tailor our courses to fit your needs and emphasize your jurisdiction’s focus areas.

PRO will be offering multiple open-enrollment swiftwater technician courses in Northern WI during the summer of 2018!  Check back for details!

Looking for something entirely customized to your jurisdiction? We do that as well.  We can, and have, customized hybrid classes for individual departments.  Examples: Lake rescues & patient transfers to boats, low head dam operations, gorge or restricted access water rescue, etc.
Contact us and let’s discuss your team’s unique training needs!

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Swiftwater/Flood Rescue Operations

River or flood rescues represent the second level of aquatic rescues which is a step above lake, a step below swiftwater, and considerably below whitewater. However, even that gentle stream that you can usually wade through can become a life-threatening force after a sudden downpour. To put things into perspective: Today, firefighters are 400% more likely to drown than to die in a fire. This class is designed to be “shore based” and “boat based”. We teach you the swimming skills you can use to save yourself if you end up in the water unexpectedly.

Our two-day Awareness/Operations course covers shore based and tethered boat rescues.

DAY ONE

The day is spent in the classroom covering:

  • Essential knots and rigging
  • How to read the river
  • Patient handling
  • Water Incident Management
  • Throw bag techniques including vectoring lines
  • Up-stream spotters and down-stream safety back-ups
  • Use of floating hose lines
  • Whistle commands and hand signals for communications

DAY TWO

The day is spent on site for hands-on training:

  • Defensive and offensive survival swimming techniques
  • Wading drills & Low water crossings
  • Throw bag rescues
  • Methods to avoid and confront “strainers” (The number one killer of victims and rescuers who end up being swept down-stream)
  • Tethered boat rescues
  • Highline boat rescues & rope rigging systems

Our 16 hour class is NFPA compliant. Open enrollment dates Summer 2018 to be announced, or at your location.

Use the Contact page to request more information.

 

Technician Level Swiftwater Rescue

This physically demanding two day class builds on the skills learned in the operations level class.

Successful completion of a 1000′ endurance swim is required.

  • Defensive Swimming Techniques
  • Offensive Swimming Strategies
  • Leveraging the power of the current
  • Throw bag drills to re-enforce skills
  • Diagonal highlines & rigging systems
  • Snowfence drills
  • Tethered rescue swimmer
  • Zipline patient transfers

A practical skills test completes the 16 hour class at the end of the second day.

Students are required to supply their own PPE.

Pre-requisite: NFPA Operations level certification

 

Use the Contact page to request more information.