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Swiftwater Training Safety & Rescue

International accredited Rescue3 Training in Ireland

Water Rescue

List of all courses available and some more information

 

For more information or any questions you have about the courses listed here, contact us for any information you need.

Basic Awareness (WFA)

A one day classroom based course designed to provide personnel who may be working near water with sufficient knowledge to be aware of the hazards created by this environment and develop an understanding of water rescue techniques. Swiftwater training run these courses subject to demand, please get in touch for more details.

Lifejacket Competent User (LCU)

The Lifejacket Competent User course is designed for personnel who will operate in the warm zone at a water rescue incident and personnel who will operate near water as part of their key job function, eg construction workers, or EA water hydrometry staff. As such, it is not intended that they will enter the water, so a manual or auto inflation lifejacket is worn as PPE for accidental water entry only.

Safe Working Near Water (SWNW)

A classroom-based course, that looks at the hazards and risk associated with inland (lakes, canals, rivers) and coastal water. It looks at basic control measures and safe working practices that can be introduced, including types of PPE and their use. The SWNW course is designed for industry, civil engineering, and other workers near water. The comparable course for those supporting rescue teams is Water and Flood Awareness (AW).

Co Worker Rescue From Water (CWRW)

This course providers the knowledge and techniques to allow employees to provide bank-based rescue cover for their colleagues working next to basic water environments (eg small lakes, canals, sheltered harbours, and marinas where use of a powered safety boat is not required). The equivalent course for rescue teams is Basic Water Rescuer (BWR).

Basic Water Rescuer (BWR)

Basic Water Rescuer is a one day course designed for personnel who may be deployed to a basic (still) water environment where they may be required to undertake rescues.

Operations Swiftwater First Responder (OSFR)

Operations Swiftwater First Responder is a three day course which expands upon areas covered in the Swiftwater First Responder course to comply with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards for operational personnel.

Swiftwater First Responder (SFR)

This course provides the knowledge and skills to undertake bank based and shallow water rescues at water incidents, including floods and swiftwater incidents. It also provides input to enable First Responders to assist Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Technicians at such incidents. This should be seen as the base level of certification for all operational personnel responding to flooding incidents.

It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Rescuer Safety
  • Water and flood Dynamics Hazards
  • Personal & Team Equipment
  • On-scene safety briefing and site control
  • Pre-planning & incident management
  • Medical Considerations
  • Considerations for night ops
  • Working in/on Mud, Ice, unstable ground
  • Bank Based rescues
  • Shallow Water options
  • Continuous loop rope systems

Pre-requisites for Attending the Course Confident swimming in moving water.

Whitewater Rescue Technician (WRT)

This is a three-day course designed for the Outdoor Professional with existing river experience to provide you with the necessary skills to perform rescues in whitewater river situations.

Course content It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Hydrology and water dynamics
  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Introduction to rope systems
  • Swimming in moving water
  • Medical considerations
  • Foot and body entrapments
  • Scene management
  • Contact and in-water rescues
  • Two and Four point boat and rope system
  • Crossing techniques
  • Boat pins and entrapments

Pre-requisites for Attending the Course River/whitewater experience recommended. Confident swimming in moving water.

Whitewater Rescue Technician Advanced (WRTA)

Follows on from the WRT and is designed for outdoor professionals working in challenging environments, such as grade 4/5 water, unsupported expeditions or in gorges/canyons where vertical access/egress maybe required. As with the WRT the focus is on solutions to common rescue situations and effective use of ‘river rescue’ kit.

Course content It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Rescuer safety
  • Personal and team equipment
  • Whitewater swimming and self rescue
  • Bank-based rescue options
  • In-water rescues
  • Medical considerations
  • Foot & body entrapments
  • Unpinning boats

Pre-requisites for Attending the Course Current Rescue 3 WRT certification

DURATION 3 days

Swiftwater Rescue Technician 1 (SRT 1)

This is a four day course designed to provide you with suitable techniques to undertake rescues in a swiftwater and flood environment. This course is compliant to standards laid down by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

Course content

It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Hydrology
  • Introduction to technical rescue equipment
  • Hazard identification & risk assessment
  • Introduction to rope systems
  • Swimming in moving water
  • Medical considerations
  • Basic boat-handling skills
  • Scene management
  • Contact and in-water rescues
  • Basic incident command
  • Crossing techniques
  • Search Operations
  • Flat water boat handling

The course involves a lot of water-based work so please come prepared!

Pre-requisites for Attending the Course

Confident swimming in moving water.

DURATION 4 days

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA)

Further develops the in-water, rope and search techniques introduced at SRT to provide the techniques to operate in more complex and advanced environments including night operations. New for 2013 this course is now available as a complete course (SRTA) or on a modular basis with water (SRTA 1) and rope (SRTA 2) elements delivered separately.

Course content

It is both classroom and river-based and will include:

  • Re-cap & development of SRT in-water and rope skills
  • In-water operations at night
  • Casualty care, handling and transport
  • River & flood search operations and management
  • Highline boat rescue options
  • Twin line high angle raising and lowering operations
  • Considerations for operating from ropes above & into water
  • Introduction to Kootney highline rope systems

Pre-requisites for Attending the Course

Current Rescue 3 SRT certification

DURATION 5 days

Emergency Stand By Teams

Swiftwater Training has a team of specialists that can be deploy for various activities and safety projects. The SAR team can perform specialized work in confined spaces, at heights and on or around the water. They often used rope access techniques that allow them to perform certain activities in hard to reach areas.

Rope Access is widely used in situations where access by other means is difficult or impossible, such as in towers, (factory) halls, theatres, etc. The SAR team may undertake work in many different locations and can be used for various activities in areas such as, construction, confined spaces, in and around the water etc.

It is also possible to provide a support team to complement your existing team so that these people can carry out specific activities for your team, where your team is not equipped for specific rescue.

In addition to running operations, we also advise whether we can protect your worksite so you can continue your work safely.

As one of the few teams in Ireland, the SAR team can be deployed as a stand-by rescue team so a rescue can be done in case of emergencies. The SAR team specializes in rescue at height, confined space and water. The members of the SAR team also have medical knowledge, so they can apply first aid directly.

If desired it is also possible to only deliver expertise for specific business to complement your incident management process. For example, you can alert an external consultant to give consultation that can assist you in large-scale or complex emergencies and advise you on specific fields.

Because safety is our main concern, we conduct our work according to working conditions regulations and legislation. Prior to every project we developed a risk analysis. We only work with certified people and materials.

If you want to know about the possibilities, please contact us by sending an email to swiftwatertraining@gmail.com