Designed For: Recue\Firefighting
Description: This course provides detailed information, and the skills training required, to improve
an individual’s level of comfort and confidence for safely and proficiently performing
contact rescues in static and surf water conditions. Safety is strongly emphasized
throughout the class. Risk management is reinforced during every skill to establish your
level of comfort in the water and to identify and overcome your limitations. The
emphasis on risk management helps you determine if your actions meet your agencies
SOPS/SOGS in the determination of a rescue being a “offensive” or “defensive”
operation. Swimming, stroke technique and body positioning in the water are covered.
“In water” skills for students include how to read and understand water flow, reading
and understanding surf, contact rescues using rescue buoy devices and boards, dealing
with combatant victims, performing self-rescues, and rescues of multiple victims both
conscious and unconscious. The entire course meets the requirements of swimming
contact rescue of NFPA 1670 and NFPA 1006 Chapter 11, sections 11.2, Chapter 15,
Prerequisites: It is recommended that the AHJ devise or adopt a minimum swim capability standard
based on the response area needs. A realistic evaluation of the rescuer’s water survival
skills should be conducted by the AHJ to meet this requirement. It is recommended that
the AHJ use an annual swim test standard that meets or exceeds the International
Association of Dive Rescue Specialists (IADRS) Annual Watermanship Test.
Certification: SFT Certificate
Class Size: 32 participants maximum, 8:1 student/Instructor ratio
Restrictions: This course requires appropriate fitness and ability to complete the AHJ swim standard
or the recommended NFPA, IARDS Watermanship swim test.
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