Basic Swift Water Rescue

  
Basic Swift Water Rescue


Format of Program: Class presented as lecture (on-line coming soon). Hand on Program as well.

Program Length:  Didactic 30 Hours 20 Minutes Prices: Contact us for pricing details

The course meets the requirements of NFPA  1670.

Program description:

At the end of this Program the student shall be able to:

  • Describe how to properly conduct a pre-plan of potential swiftwater hazard areas in their district or jurisdiction.
  • How to conduct a site survey of low water crossings or other areas that are prone to swiftwater rescue.
  • Describe the intent of the Incident Command System.
  • List different communication mediums in the swiftwater rescue environment.
  • Explain the hand and audible signals commonly used in swiftwater rescues.
  • List ways that rescuers can be located and tracked after dark.
  • How to conduct an accurate scene size-up during a swiftwater rescue.
  • Describe the intent of the Incident Command System.
  • List different communication mediums in the swiftwater rescue environment.
  • Explain the hand and audible signals commonly used in swiftwater rescues.
  • List ways that rescuers can be located and tracked after dark.
  • Accurately describe the force of moving water in terms of pressure against fixed objects and people.
  • Accurately compute current velocity with appropriate information.
  • Define Laminar Flow.
  • Define Helical Flow.
  • Describe Top Load.
  • Describe Suspended Load.
  • Describe Bottom Load.
  • Describe physical features of hydrology.
  • Select proper PPE for the swiftwater environment.
  • Explain how to properly don PPE for the swiftwater environment. Identify medical conditions that would prohibit the victim from aiding in their own rescue.
  • Identify signs and symptoms of heat and cold related illnesses.
  • Understand where injuries usually occur and what parts of the body they are likely to affect at a swiftwater incident.
  • Understand the behavior/psychology of a drowning victim.
  • Understand Probability of Detection
  • Understand Probability of Area
  • Define Point Last Seen
  • Define Last Known Point
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the following:
  • Hasty Search
  • “Bastard” Search
  • Containment Search
  • List the individual positions and functions of a search/rescue team
  • Be familiar with the 15 guidelines of water rescue
  • Properly select a throw bag for use in the swiftwater environment
  • Properly deploy a throw bag that is properly loaded
  • Deploy a rope using the “second chance” method
  • Properly re-pack a rope into a rope bag
  • Demonstrate how to properly instruct and belay a victim to the shore
  • Describe and Demonstrate safe water entry techniques
  • Describe and Demonstrate proper offensive and defensive swim positions
  • Describe and Demonstrate proper ferry angles and their uses
  • Describe and Demonstrate proper eddy hopping/eddy entry techniques and its uses
  • Assess the river characteristics for shallow water techniques
  • Identify the level of risk when performing a shallow water technique
  • Perform a shallow water crossing as an individual and as part of a team
  • Rescue a person utilizing a shallow water entry technique
  • Explain the priority during foot or body entrapment
  • Demonstrate procedures to assist a trapped victim
  • Demonstrate one method to safely remove a victim from an entrapment
  • Recognize an eddy in a swiftwater environment
  • Properly plan to move an SRT squad from one shore to another using a system of eddy’s
  • Properly utilize equipment and strong swimming techniques to move an SRT squad from one shore to another
  • Properly utilize bridge abutments as a series of eddy’s to move an SRT squad from one shore to another
  • Properly rescue a stranded patient from an eddy
  • Properly rescue a stranded patient from a bridge abutment
  • Demonstrate defensive tactics to maintain separation from a panicking victim
  • Perform offensive techniques to release grasp of a stressed victim
  • Describe the uses for a contact rescue
  • Demonstrate a contact rescue in moving water
  • Identify three reasons to span a body of water with a rope
  • To effect a rescue
  • To transport personnel and gear from one bank to the other
  • To facilitate boat operations (tethered or 2:1 drop)
  • Identify ways to accomplish the task of bringing a lifeline from one bank to the other
  • Throwbag
  • Line gun
  • Slingshot
  • Bow and arrow
  • Raft or Boat
  • Swim the line across using a tethered swimmer
  • Swim and maneuver in a water environment using floatation and swimming aids
  • Fins
  • Boards
  • Describe the uses for a tension diagonal
  • Describe the proper way to tension a line across a body of water
  • Describe the hazards created when tensioning a line across a body of water.
  • Describe different techniques for getting a line across.
  • Properly demonstrate a technique for getting a line across a given body of water and tension the line.
  • Properly describe and demonstrate the proper ways to “attach to or hold onto the line” to a tension diagonal and cross the body of water.
  • Identify when a tethered swimmer or live bait rescue is necessary.
  • Understand the inherent dangers of such an operation.
  • Understand how both operations work and what is necessary to perform this type of rescue.
  • Act as a rescue swimmer on a tethered rope, and conduct a contact rescue.
  • Act as a rescuer on a live bait operation and conduct a contact rescue.
  • Operate their quick release harness on the PFD.
  • Identify procedures for operation of rope systems particular to water rescue
  • Determine incident needs
  • Capabilities and limitations
  • Site evaluation
  • Personnel assignments and commands

  • Construct rope systems particular to swiftwater rescue needs
  • Anchor selection
  • Review from General rescuer course
  • Explain how a continuous loop is designed to function
  • Properly set-up, operate, and break down a continuous loop system
  • Use a watercraft for rescue operations
  • Nomenclature, design limitations,
  • Communications
  • Watercraft pre-deployment checks
  • Launch and recovery
  • Swimmer deployment and recovery
  • Negotiate a designated water course in a watercraft
  • Dynamics of moving water and effects on watercraft
  • Conditional requirements for PPE
  • Motorized vs non-motorized watercraft
  • Managing hazards
  • Crew assignments and duties
  • Broaching and righting of watercraft
  • Extricate an incapacitated water-bound victim from the water
  • Parbuckling (rolling) technique
  • Simple mechanical advantages
  • Lifting techniques
  • Two- and four-point tethers
  • Set up
  • Special considerations


Hands On 16 hours  
 
  • 16 Hours of practical evolutions to meet the goals of the course.