University of Utah Department of Emergency Programs is teaming up with Wilderness Rescue International to run a 3-day Swiftwater Rescue Course. This course will cover everything offered in SRT, WRT, and ACA Level 5 Advanced Swiftwater.
Wilderness Rescue International
Best Buy for Technical Rescue- THIS COURSE HAS IT ALL:
This jam packed course is aimed at Professional Rescuers: Firefighters, BLM Rangers, Search and Rescue Personnel, Whitewater Guides, Trip leaders, boaters paddling on more challenging whitewater, and anyone desiring opportunities to develop their rescue skills. Themes of this dynamic course revolve around recognition of hazards, critical judgment, and rescue awareness. Emphasis is placed heavily on self-rescue techiniques and approaching rescue scenarios simply and safely. Apply new and refined skills in mock-rescue scenarios using a minimal amount of gear. These scenarios create an opportunity for participants to practice skills individually and with a team context. Scope and content of the course will vary, based upon participant needs, interests and experience. Topics covered include extricating pins, using rescue vests, managing strainers, dealing with entrapment, and proficient swimming skills. This course is delivered by American Canoe Association certified instructors and participants will receive a certificate of completion from the ACA in Swiftwater Rescue: Level 5.
- Hydrology and utilizing existing water dynamics.
- Identifying hazards and managing them effectively.
- Executing shallow water crossings utilizing various techniques.
- Self-rescue: swimming whitewater and maneuvering to negotiate river hazards and obstacles.
- Approaching Contact Rescues and Live-Bait Rescue considerations.
- Rescuing and extricating a patient from the water.
- Handling small inflatable boats by paddle, oar and on a tether.
- Understanding rescue team organization, responsibilities of law-enforcement, and on-scene leadership.
- Utilizing rescue equipment to set up technical rope systems.
Required Equipment needed:
- 18 years of age
- Adequate health insurance coverage
- Basic swimming ability and in good physical condition
- Full wetsuit or drysuit.
- Lightweight water or kayak helmet
- USCG Type III or V approved lifejacket/ PFD
- Thick-soled water booties or tennis shoes. Must be closed-toe.
- Gloves are optional but helpful in cold water.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own rescue gear to practice with.