Swiftwater Rescue most commonly involves rapidly moving water, floodwaters or whitewater where shoreline access is available or access to a small watercraft is readily available to perform the rescue. Ropework is usually involved and/or rope throwbags to access a subject safely and efficiently. Floodwaters require a different skillset than your standard water rescue. Obstacles like strainers, manholes, vehicles, etc. pose a threat and our training will prepare you for those situations.

The rope systems and equipment used in Swiftwater Rescue are different than your standard rope rescue whereas the heavy water incorporates a larger factor increases working loads on rope systems. Our Swiftwater Rescue instructors have years of experience and have worked with various organizations, fire departments, police departments, water rescue teams, US military branches and many more!

We have 3 levels of Swiftwater Rescue training available: Swiftwater Awareness, Swiftwater Operations & Swiftwater Rescue Technician

If your unit needs specific training in Swiftwater rescue in New Jersey or the surrounding area, give us a call in our office and we'll get you set up on a course! All of our courses exceed NFPA 1670 & 1006 requirements, are FEMA & NPS compliant & recognized and WMSI accredited. Our Rescue Swimmer training programs are US Coast Guard compliant.

Course Information

Swiftwater & Flood Awareness

With the growing need for hurricane and floodwater rescues, swiftwater training has grown in popularity. Gaining the proper training and credentials in this skillset is important when people's lives are on the line. Our swiftwater and floodwater awareness course will provide vital information on those issues for each participant. During this course you will learn how to recognize various types of flood, water safety basics, swiftwater technician needs and equipment and much more!

If you'd like a private course for your police department, fire department, rescue squad, search & rescue team or organization, feel free to contact our office for details. This course can be conducted at your location or our location.

Cost per person: $85

Course length: 7/8 hours

* If you have a location where you would like to run this course please call or email our office.

Swiftwater Rescue Operations

During this 2 day/16 hour course you'll learn all of the basic skills needed to aid a rescue technician or unit in a swiftwater (moving water) environment from the shoreline. Swiftwater is generally classified as performing rescues in a whitewater river setting but these skills cover other types of situations like high volume Class II rivers, flood waters, etc.

Locations:

  • Navesink River (Red Bank, NJ)
  • Byram Township, NJ (Must call to book)
  • Upper Black Eddy, PA (Must call to book)
  • ​Delaware Township (Must call to book)


Cost Per Person: ​$165

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours

What's Included: All group gear is provided, PFD, helmet, safety gear. 3 year certification.

Prerequisites: Must be 16 years of age or older, hold a NIMS ICS 700 certification and CPR.

​* If you have a location where you would like to run this course please call or email our office.

Swiftwater Rescue Technician

During this 2 day/16 hour course you'll learn all of the essential skills needed to perform a rescue of a single or multiple subjects in a swiftwater (moving water) environment. Swiftwater is generally classified as performing rescues in a whitewater river setting but these skills cover other types of situations like high volume Class II rivers, flood waters, etc.

Locations:

  • Navesink River (Red Bank, NJ)
  • Byram Township, NJ (Must call to book)
  • Upper Black Eddy, PA (Must call to book)
  • ​Delaware Township (Must call to book)


Cost Per Person: ​$250

Course Length: 2 days/16 hours

What's Included: All group gear is provided, PFD, helmet, safety gear. 3 year certification.

Prerequisites: Must be 18 years of age or older, be in good physical shape, able to tread water for 1 minute.

​* If you have a location where you would like to run this course please call or email our office.

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