SRT & SRTA Combo course

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Namaste from Rescue India:


Thank you for your interest in this Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 and SRT Advanced Combo Class.  This five-day course combines the SRT Unit 1 and SRT-A into one class.  The SRT Unit 1 curriculum is a river based training course to teach a rescuer how to quickly and safely recover yourself and victims on the river. The SRT-Advanced brings together advanced swiftwater techniques and rope rescue techniques in a swiftwater environment.  This course also includes a night search and rescue operation in a river environment and other hands on scenarios. We recommend that you complete the TRR-TL training before the SRT-A. If you are comfortable and efficient with your rope skills, then you should be fine with the SRT-A. This certificate is valid for 3 years.




9 AM SHARP:  We will meet at (TBD) campsite 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:  8:30 am to 5:30pm                                       

Day 2:  8:00am to 6:00 pm

Day 3:  8:00 am to 6:00pm

Day 4:  8:00 am to 6:00 pm & 7:30pm – for night operation

Day 5:  8:30 am to 4:30pm


WHAT TO BRING (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 optional)

·         Helmet: Lightweight swiftwater or climbing helmet.

·       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)

·         Lunch, snacks and water!

·         Extra warm clothes


For the technical rope parts and the night operation:

·         Head lamps and other lighting you may need for the night operation

·         Hand held radios (optional; we have Midland)

·         Personal harness

·         Long sleeve shirt and pants

·         Good boots for rope operation at night and in steep terrain



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 learn and practice advanced water rescue techniques, do a night search, and rescue in a river environment, setup and operate a highline Tyrolean with midpoint drop over a Class V or IV rapid. We will go through more advanced river and technical rope skills and much more!  *Please feel free to let us know what is most important to you as we go through the training*



DAY 1:

·         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

·         Shallow Water Crossings


 DAY 2:


·         Entrapment Rescues:  Wading, Swimming, Throw bag techniques, Foot and Body

·         Entrapment, Kayak Entrapment

·         Strainer drills

·         Contact Rescues and Live Bait continued

·         Raft handling and flip drills

·         River boarding; handling and rescues

·         C-Spine rolls and parbuckling


DAY 3:

·         Knots, Hitches, Anchors

·         Mechanical Advantage

·         Wrapped boats:  rafts and kayaks:  The real scoop on freeing them.

·         Zip Lines

·         Scenarios

·         Debrief written homework, test, SRT-1 paperwork completion


DAY 4:

·         SRT-A paperwork

·         Rope system review

·         Advanced swimming: defensive, aggressive, barrel rolls, accessing eddies

·         Advanced throw bags:  when, where, coils, belay, back-up, vector pull

·         Contact rescues:  defensive, counter panic passengers

·         Live-Bait jackets; use, release, self-rescue techniques

Night Operation:  will go from dark until the "victims" are found and evacuated.  The process will most likely involve at least one victim needed to be packaged and transported in a litter up a steep bank with a rope system.  The search will be in the river environment requiring some of the folks in operations to be within 10 feet of the water and others further away from the water. 

DAY 5:

·         Highline System with a mid-point drop in a Canyon

·         High to Low litter pass across impassable gorge

·         Debrief Night Operation

·         Flood canal and flash flood rescue techniques

·         Low-head Dam rescues

·         Fill in the gaps

Scenarios:  These will involve rescuing folks out of flood canals in very fast water among others; including entrapments, low head dams (simulation) and other advanced scenarios not already addressed in the first two days.

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:

Rescue India can help you arrange a shared or personal tent (on rent) at the campsite. Feel free to bring your own tent and camping gear if you prefer. Rescue India courses are usually close to hotels/guest houses but camping will be most realistic accommodation at the course locations. Please let us know in advance if you have requirements for the rental gear.

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! The registration will be based on “First come first serve” basis. 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