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Swiftwater Rescue  

Program Wimberley Rescue Training follows the Swiftwater Rescue curriculum developed and test by Rescue 3 International (www.rescue3international.com). Over the past 30 years Rescue 3 has refined and improved their program and continue to be the world leader in Swiftwater Rescue training. Wimberley Rescue Training provides Instructor Trainers to the RQ3 program as well as an active role in the refinement and improvement to Rescue 3 courses.

Awareness: Water & Rope Rescue

This 8 hour classroom seminar introduces personnel to the problems associated with water & rope rescue as well as the procedures to follow in flash flood, large-scale disaster, and seasonal flooding situations. The course is designed to develop knowledge in the areas of: scene assessment & incident size up (of both existing & potential conditions) resource ordering activation procedures for rescue response site control and scene management hazard recognition & mitigation procedures In order to accomplish the responsibilities of the awareness level responder, the course also provides students with a conceptual understanding of the principles, applications, and hazards associated with advanced water rescue techniques.

  • Standard: NFPA 1670 Awareness (Water & Rope)
  • Prerequisites: None Equipment: None
  • Tuition: $225  

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Unit 1 (SRT1)

This is our most popular course. The SRT1 course provides rescuers with the fundamentals of survival in moving water and is recommended for anyone who may be called upon to effect in-water rescues. Students gain knowledge in hydrology and river classifications, size-up, site control and scene management.Practical skills include self-rescue, swiftwater swimming and the fundamentals of shore, boat and in-water rescues. Additionally students are introduced to the basics of boat handling and the fundamentals of rope rescue including mechanical advantage and anchor systems. The SRT1 class also provides the rescuer the foundation to the NFPA Swiftwater Technician level. Swiftwater Technician level is a mandatory training level for inclusion on a Federal Emergency Management Agency Swiftwater/Flood Search and Rescue Team at all Team levels.

  • Standard: NFPA 1670 Operations (Water)
  • Prerequisites: Basic swimming ability
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection
  • Tuition $450  

Swiftwater Rescue Technician Advanced (SRT-A)

This course integrates techniques learned in SRT-1 and TRR:TL, taking the students beyond the emphasis on self-rescue to concentrate on victim rescue. Students are exposed to more complex water rescue situations including a mock night river rescue scenario. The three day course includes 4-6 hours of classroom instruction, followed by two and one-half days of hands-on skill development. Students are introduced to the role and utilization of various skills in river and flood rescue, including rope systems management of litter & patient raising systems highline systems advanced river search concepts performing rescues at night or in low visibility and basic flood disaster management. Completion of the SRT-A along with SRT-1 and TRR:TL satisfies the requirement outlined in NFPA 1670 Surface/Swift Water Technician Level. This qualified graduates to operate on a Swift Water/Flood search & Rescue team according to NFPA.

  • Standard: NFPA 1670 Technician (Water)
  • Prerequisites: SRT-1 and TRR:TL (or other NFPA rope course)
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection, 2 light sources
  • Tuition: $450  

Swiftwater Rescue – Experienced Provider Workshop

The Experienced Provider Workshop is an 8-12 hour course designed to challenge the experienced rescuer. The course will begin with self rescue and core skill assessment then continue through the night with progressive training and scenario based problem solving. The student will be pushed to solve and manage water rescue issues.

  • Prerequisites: SRT-1
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection, 2 light sources
  • Tuition: $175

Technical Rescue Courses

Wimberley Rescue Training follows the curriculum developed and test by Rescue 3 International (www.rescue3international.com) as well as proven industry standards in technical rope rescue. Wimberley Rescue Training focuses on small well trained teams. We believe a dynamic approach to rescue provides a responder better training to solve the needs of a potentially complex event.

Technical Rope Rescue: Operations Level (TRR:OL)

This 3 day course provides students with the fundamentals of rope rescue in the low-angle environment. Students learn and practice practical skills, including preplanning and size-up of rope rescue operations knots and anchor systems belay operations ascending and descending lines mechanical advantage systems patient packaging and litter attending. Students learn how to safely navigate low-angle or over-the-bank rescue situations and assist Technician Level rescuers in high-angle environments.

  • Standard: NFPA 1670 Operations (Rope)
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Equipment: Harness, Helmet, Gloves, Abrasion and thermal appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Tuition: $

Technical Rope Rescue: Technician Level (TRR:TL)  

This 4 day and 1 night course is designed to take students from basic over-the-bank rescues to progressively more vertical scenarios. Students learn and practice such skills as preplanning, size-up and scene management, ascending and descending, belaying, mechanical advantage systems, lowering and raising systems, patient packaging and litter attending, tethers, and highlines. Completion of the TRR:TL class satisfies the requirements in NFPA 1670 for Technical Rope Technician level training. In addition, Technician level training is mandatory for inclusion on many Federal Emergency Management Agency Teams at different Team levels.

  • Standard: NFPA 1670 Technician (Rope)
  • Prerequisites: Basic rope knowledge
  • Equipment: Harness, Helmet, Gloves, Abrasion and thermal appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Tuition: $650    

Technical Rope Rescue Workshop

This 1 day event is designed for the trained provider to gain experience and be challenged in a controlled situation. The day will be spent with scenario based events which progress in difficulty. Emphasis is placed on safe techniques and complete patient management.

  • Standard: Wimberley Rescue Training
  • Prerequisites: TRR:OL or TRR:TL
  • Equipment: Harness, Helmet, Gloves, Abrasion and thermal appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Tuition: $125    

Tower Rescue for the Professional Rescuer

This 3 day course is designed to prepare emergency responders to conduct rescues in a tower environment. Topics include basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, simple pickoff in a tower environment, lowering, extrication of entangled workers, team based rescue and litter management in a tower environment.

  • Standard: Rescue 3 and OSHA
  • Prerequisites: TRR:TL
  • Equipment: Harness (chest harness included), Helmet, Gloves, Abrasion and thermal appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Tuition: $475    

Tower Safety and Rescue for the Tower Worker

Tower Safety and Rescue for the Tower Worker is designed to prepare individuals familiar with tower operations to perform rescues for themselves and their coworkers in an emergency. Topics include basic and specialized equipment, ropes and rigging, safety considerations, scene management and organization, simple lowering of injured workers, belaying lowering and raising systems and simple rappels in a tower environment.

  • Course length: 3 days
  • Standard: Rescue 3 and OSHA
  • Prerequisites: Tower work experience
  • Equipment: Harness (chest harness included), Helmet, Gloves, Abrasion and thermal appropriate clothing and footwear.
  • Tuition: $475

Rescue Swimmer Program

Wimberley Rescue Training is excited to offer a program to help agencies deal with their daily water rescue needs. The Rescue Swimmer program addresses NFPA 1006 Surface Water Rescue as well as additional skills which we believe are important in a safe and successful rescue operation. The Rescue Swimmer program is a modular approach in developing rescuers. Each module builds upon the other to develop a well trained rescue swimmer able to operate safely and efficiently in response to an open water rescue event. The swimmer is trained in swim techniques, specialized equipment, victim management and open water search strategies. We believe that the Rescue Swimmer program will give agencies the training to solve the water rescue situations which they respond to most often.

Rescue Swimmer – Inland Basic

The 2 day, Inland Basic module is the core of the Rescue Swimmer program. This module is focused on the inland open water environment to include areas such as lakes or ponds of various sizes. Here the swimmer will be able to improve their swimming technique and be introduced to swimmer adjuncts. Safety of the swimmer is a high priority during this module. A strong emphasis is also placed on dealing with victims in the open water environment, including interventions and medical management. The student will practice both shore and boat based open water search techniques, as well as recovery of submerged victims. Upon completion the student should have the core skills on which they can build upon throughout the Rescue Swimmer Program.

  • Standard: NFPA Surface Water Rescue
  • Prerequisites: Strong swimming ability
  • Equipment: Dive and/or Swim mask, Snorkel, Fins, Appropriate thermal protection, PFD.
  • Optional: rescue swimmer vest, rescue tube or can
  • Tuition: $330    

Rescue Swimmer – Inland Advanced

The Inland Advanced module, a one day upgrade, is the next step in developing the complete rescue swimmer.  The swimmer will spend time learning the techniques and strategies for search and rescue of victims in a slow moving water environment such as large rivers or bays. The management of large events such as plane crashes, boating and commuter incidents will also be discussed. The swimmer will continue to improve safety and survivability of the responder with orientation to helicopter operations to include emergency egress drills and the use of spare air devices.

  • Standard: NFPA Surface Water Rescue, Rescue 3 Int’l
  • Prerequisites: Rescue Swimmer – Inland Basic Equipment: Dive and/or Swim mask, Snorkel, Fins, Appropriate thermal protection, PFD.
  • Optional: rescue swimmer vest, rescue tube or can
  • Tuition: $200    

Rescue Swimmer – Coastal Basic

The Coastal Basic module, a one day upgrade, is designed for the responder who is responsible for search and rescue operations on the coastal water fronts. Here the Rescue Swimmer will learn a combination of basic lifeguarding techniques combined with the essentials of inland rescue. The course will cover the water dynamics which occur in the coastal water ways. The swimmer will learn techniques to swimming efficiently and effectively in surf with a continued focus on victim management.

  • Standard: Rescue 3 Int’l
  • Prerequisites: Rescue Swimmer – Inland Basic Equipment: Dive and/or Swim mask, Snorkel, Fins, Appropriate thermal protection, PFD.
  • Optional: rescue swimmer vest, rescue tube or can
  • Tuition: $200    

Rescue Swimmer – Inland Helicopter

The Inland Helicopter module is a specialized curriculum made to fit the need to the helicopter rescue professional. Rescue 3 is committed to providing the right instructor to the right course. The Helicopter module is a customized program that is developed for the requesting agency. Whether your program is a short haul or hoist program we can build a program to fit. From Bell206 to UH60 Blackhawk, Rescue 3 has professionals that are experienced in curriculum development and operational procedures to help you and your program develop safely.

  • Standard: Rescue 3 Int’l
  • Prerequisites: Rescue Swimmer – Inland Advanced
  • Equipment: Dive and/or Swim mask, Snorkel, Fins, Appropriate thermal protection, PFD, Flight gear, Harness, Rescue swimmer vest
  • Tuition: Per contract

Boat Courses

Wimberley Rescue Training follows the Boat Operation curriculum developed and test by Rescue 3 International (www.rescue3international.com). Over the past 30 years Rescue 3 has refined and improved their program and continue to be a world leader in rescue training. Wimberley Rescue Training provides Instructor Trainers to the RQ3 program as well as an active role in the refinement and improvement to Rescue 3 courses.

Flood Rescue Boat Operator (FRBO)

Flood Rescue Boat Operator is a course designed to train rescue personnel in handling motorized boats during flood operations. Students start with an online pre-class component and get real world practice during two days of throttle time. Students are exposed to a number of topics including types of motorized boats suitable for water rescue, boat handling on still or slowly moving water, crew roles, boat safety and problem solving. Techniques are then put to work doing searches in flood environments, stranded victim and in-water retrieval, and rescue of conscious and unconscious persons. To meet the NIMS standard for Rescue Boat Operations, students must take Flood Rescue Boat Operator in conjunction with Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator.

  • Standard: NIMS & Rescue 3
  • Prerequisites: SRT-1
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection
  • Duration: 2 day / 1 night course
  • Tuition: $550.00
  • Agency: Each agency is required to provide an appropriate boat, motor and trailer  

Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator (SRBO)

This course is designed to introduce students to boat operation on swiftwater. During the course students gain experience reading moving water and operating boats in current. Using both a motor and paddles, students will practice such skills as use and avoidance of hydraulics, ferrying across current, and obstacle navigation will be practiced in class I and II whitewater. Students then progress to operating both up and down stream in class III and above whitewater. Other exercises include night operation scenarios and multiple boat operations. To meet the NIMS standard for Rescue Boat Operations, students must take Swiftwater Rescue Boat Operator in conjunction with Flood Rescue Boat Operator.

  • Standard: NIMS & Rescue 3
  • Prerequisites: Flood Rescue Boat Operator
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection
  • Duration: 2 day 1 night course
  • Tuition: $650
  • Agency: Each agency is required to provide an appropriate boat, motor and trailer    

Personal Watercraft Rescue Technician (PWC)

The PWC Rescue Technician course is designed to be taught in a two-day format, where water rescue has already been taught. The course is designed for water rescue public safety personnel and others whose job assignment is in an area where the potential for water rescue exists. Primary emphasis is placed on rescuer safety and survival. Topics will include ocean, inlet, lake and moving water dynamics; near shore hazards and problems; transport, set up, launch and retrieval procedures and maintenance for PWC rescue techniques and operations for which the PWC is used in a variety of environmental conditions. The course teaches the basic skills for both operator and rescue crewman. It will enable the students to identify clearly there own limitations as well as those of the equipment, so that they will be able to utilize the craft more safely and effectively.

  • Standard: Rescue 3 International
  • Prerequisites: SRT-1
  • Equipment: PFD, Water Helmet, Appropriate in water thermal protection, Foot protection
  • Tuition: Per Bid
  • Agency: Each agency is required to provide PWC (3 students per PWC max) and trailer