Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced

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Namaste from Rescue India!

Thank you for your interest in the Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRTA) class. The SRT-A is intended for students who have successfully completed the SRT Unit 1, WRT or RRC –Pro. The SRT-A brings together advanced swiftwater techniques and rope rescue techniques in a swiftwater environment. There is an advanced swiftwater portion to the course as well as an advanced rope portion. The course also includes a night search and rescue operation in a river environment and lots more! It is a very active and fun course for students who are up for the challenge. 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 (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: 9 am to 5 pm

Day 2: 8:30 am to 4 pm & 7:30 pm for Night Operation?

Day 3: 8:30 am to 5 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 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
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 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*

Overall Outline of the Days:

Day 1 -AM:

  • Introductions and 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

Day 2 -AM:

  • Raft handling in class 3 whitewater


  • Highline System with a mid-point drop in a Canyon
  • High to Low litter pass across impassable gorge

Night Operation: will go from dark until the "victims" are found and evacuated. The process will most likely involve at least one victim who needs 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 3 -AM:

  • Debrief Night Operation
  • Flood canal and flash flood rescue techniques
  • Low-head Dam rescues


  • 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.
  • 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 swiftwater 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