Who this course is for:
- Any member of an Emergency First Response team who responds to operations in/near swift water found in high hills, mountain areas or in flash flood areas
- Any member of an Emergency First Response team who responds to calls in rural and urban environments where water may be moving swiftly
- Any member of an Emergency First Response team who would like to further educate themselves on the risks and procedures involved in swift water incidents
- Minimum age 18; member of an Emergency First Response team, group or organization
- Must be a good swimmer, in good health and comfortable working in the water
- CPR, AED, O2, AND First Aid certified or equivalents
What you can expect to learn:
- Incident command, pre-planning, standard operating procedures/guidelines
- Types of swift water and swift water rescues
- Characteristics, water currents, delta p changes, pollutants
- Talk, reach, row, throw, go, helo
- Types of victims, equipment handling, PFD usage, knot tying and hitching, and utilizing tension systems
The purpose of the ERDI Swift Water Program is to provide the necessary skills and knowledge for performing life saving operations in swift water, and the importance of understanding the dangers of moving water such as strainers and hydraulics.
What’s in it for you and your team?
- After successful completion of the ERDI Swift Water Ops program, responders are expected to understand how to recognize the presence of hazardous conditions, protect themselves, secure the area, call for additional resources, activate an emergency plan, assess conditions and attempt a reach or throw rescue
Swift Water – Level 1 Ops minimum requirements:
- 500 yard continuous swim (no aids), 15 minute survival float
- Successfully complete two open water exposures demonstrating ICS, team briefing, PFD donning, throw ropes, knot tying and hitching, team debriefing
How do I take this course?
- Find an Instructor for this Course: here
- Find you local Dive Center: here
Course Standards & Procedures