This course is designed to provide you with the knowledge and skills to conduct offensive rescue operations involving floods and swift-moving water.
The course complies with Chapter 11, "Surface Water Rescue,” and Chapter 12, "Swiftwater Rescue," as described in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1006, Standard for Technical Rescuer Professional Qualifications (2008 edition). You will receive a TEEX Certificate of Completion at the end of the course.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Course Completion Requirements
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Footwear appropriate for a water environment
- Personal Flotation Device (PFD) USCG Type III/V
- Swiftwater rescue helmet with head light (must be ANSI rates Z89.1- 1997 Type 1)
- Wetsuit or drysuit (optional)
We have a limited supply of PFDs and helmets to borrow during the class. Students can email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve equipment and it is provided on a first-come basis.
Class attendance is an essential part of the education process and participants in TEEX courses are expected to attend all class sessions and field exercises. This course requires participants to attend a minimum of 80% of the class hours as a component of successful course completion. During the course, your instructor will review any additional attendance requirements, for example a field exercise that cannot be missed.
- Prior to attending this course, you should have medium to strong swimming abilities.
- Due to the strenuous nature of search and rescue activities, you should secure a professional evaluation of your physical condition prior to enrolling in these courses.
TopicsConducting Site Survey and Risk Benefit Analysis+Conducting Site Survey and Risk Benefit Analysis+Panic, Survival, Self-Rescue, and Personal Safety+Understanding Swiftwater Hydrology+River Dynamics & Size-Up of Flood and Swiftwater Rescue+Pre-Planning+Search Parameters and Procedures+Shore Based Rescue Operations+Water Rescue Rope Throw Bags+Rope and Mechanical Advantage Systems+Rope and Mechanical Advantage Systems+Boat-Assisted and Boat-Based Rescue Operations+Medical Considerations of Swiftwater Victims+Conducting In-Water Rescues during the day and night+Capabilities and Limitations of Helicopters in Swiftwater Rescues
This course is appropriate for any responder (Fire Service, Law Enforcement, EMS, Public Works, and Military) who may be required to conduct offensive rescues during a swiftwater or flood incident.
Classes will begin at 8 a.m. on the first day of the course, unless other arrangements have been made. For the purpose of making hotel reservations, the course is conducted in the New Braunfels, Texas area.
Jurisdictions requiring assistance in establishing regional search and rescue capabilities in the areas of Structural Collapse, CBRNE response, and Water Rescue are encouraged to contact the TEEX/ESTI Rescue Program. Contact email@example.com via e-mail or telephone at (979) 458-5639.
Government ProgramsGSA contract number: GS-07F-0357V. GSA customers, to register please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (866) 878-8900.