Swiftwater paddleboat handling


The Swiftwater Paddle Boat Handling (SPBH) course is designed for Rescue 3 Swiftwater Rescue Technicians (SRTs), who want to develop their paddle boat handling skills. This course builds on the basic boat handling section in the SRT class and covers in more detail, swiftwater boat handling and progressive rescue scenarios using the boat as a platform to perform rescues. The Swiftwater Paddle Boat Handling course is designed as a paddle boat handling course only, and does not cover use of powered craft.

Course Specifications
Duration: 2 days
Prerequisites: Swiftwater Rescue Technician (SRT) qualification
Certified by: Rescue 3 Europe
Qualification valid for: 3 years

Course Content Includes:

  • Rescue 3 philosophy
  • Water rescue training standards
  • Personal equipment
  • Dynamic risk assessment and incident size-up
  • Pre-planning
  • Medical and decontamination considerations
  • Route planning
  • Communications
  • Crew operational roles
  • Multiple boat operations
  • Swiftwater dynamics and hazards
  • Boat and hull types
  • Rescue boat equipment
  • Pre- and post-trip checks
  • Considerations for night/poor visibility operations
  • Launching and recovery
  • Boat handling with paddles
  • Securing
  • Flips and rights
  • Team/personal recovery
  • Casualty pick-up and recovery
  • Casualty management
  • Boat-based conditional rescues
  • Boat wraps
  • Hydraulics and weir considerations

Course Dates

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