Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1

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Namaste from Rescue India!

Thank you so much for your interest in the Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRT1). The SRT curriculum is a river based training course to teach a rescuer how to quickly and safely recover yourself and victims on the river. This course is suitable for participants with no water rescue experience. The course also offers experienced rescuers the opportunity to develop their skills and push their personal limits on and off the water with realistic rescue scenarios, self-rescue challenges, and lots of hands-on interactive rescues and experiences. Upon successful completion of this course the participants will receive a Rescue 3 International certificate. This is valid for 3 years. 

Meeting time and place:

9 am Sharp: We will meet at the campsite (TBD) for introductions and paperwork and then move to the river. We will be in the water all afternoon; so please properly prepare to be in the water starting on Day 1.

Class times will be:

Day 1: 9 am to 5 pm

Day 2: 8:30 am to 5 pm

Day 3: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

For the water:
  • Drysuit or Full Wetsuit (Drysuits are always recommended because we spend a lot of time in the water and the weather can vary along with the water temperature).
  • PFD: Type 3 or Type 5 with whistle and knife (knife are optional)
  • Helmet: Lightweight swift water or climbing helmet.
  • Footwear: Hard soled wetsuit booties or good shoes for walking in the river and on the banks with wool socks and/or wetsuit socks
  • Wetsuit gloves (optional)
  • Food and water: Lunch, snacks and water for each day
  • Extra warm clothes
Full emersion:

Please plan on very active days and homework at night. We integrate the classroom stuff throughout the course and you will be in the water the first afternoon. The class will be as much scenario and case study based as possible. The course will be in both Hindi and English.

We will emphasize:
  • Self rescue
  • Throw bag rescue
  • Entrapments
  • Thinking through a rescue
  • Simple rope tricks and rescue techniques that have been tested and proven successful in real rescues.

*Please feel free to let us know what is most important to you as we go through the training.*

Overall basic outline of the course:

DAY 1: AM:

  • Introductions and paperwork
  • Introduction DVD: Prevention, Equipment, Organization, Orientation to Swiftwater Rescue
  • Heads Up presentation


  • Swimming: defensive, aggressive, barrel rolls, accessing eddies
  • Throw bags: when, where, coils, belay, back-up, vector pull
  • Contact rescues: defensive, counter panic passengers
  • Live-Bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques

Day 2 - AM:

  • Shallow Water Crossings
  • Entrapment Rescues: Wading, Swimming, Throw bag techniques, Foot and Body entrapment, Kayak entrapment
  • Strainer drills


  • Contact Rescues and Live Bait continued
  • Raft handling on class 3 rapid and flip drills

Day 3 - AM:

  • Knots, Hitches, Anchors
  • Mechanical Advantage
  • Wrapped boats: rafts and kayaks: The real scoop on freeing them.


  • Zip Lines
  • Scenarios
  • Debrief written homework, test, paperwork completion

*Fill in the gaps: The outline will evolve based on the focus of the participants. Our goal is to give you as much as you can handle in a few days and still keep it fun and supportive. We will integrate many scenarios based on the swift water situations you or your agency may face.*

Where to stay: For camping:

You may camp with us on a beach camp on the (TBD).

What to bring?
  • Tent, sleeping bag, mattress etc.
  • Warm/rain clothes
  • Personal items
  • Head lamp/flash light

Please feel free to contact us directly if you have any questions that you need answered before the class! Thanks for your interest in this class and we look forward to seeing you on the river soon!

Thank you!

Bhupendra Singh Rana (Bhupi)

Owner, Rescue India