SwiftWater Rescue

RSTO has developed a basic training course for survival in swiftwater water. Theoretical knowledge includes understanding hydrology, size up, controlling the site and classifications of the river. Practical skills start with swiftwater water swimming self-rescue techniques, rescue with a boat and additional important individual skills. Attend this course and maximise your enjoyment of river activities.

At the end of course you will be able to:

  • Understand how to increase your chances of survival in swiftwater water scenarios
  • Understand about hydrology
  • Know how to classify a river
  • Be able to implement self-rescue techniques
  • Learn swiftwater water rescue techniques using a boat

Become a Fast Flowing Water Rescue Instructor:

To teach such a course, prior knowledge in the rescue sector and especially water rescue may be required. Proof of such knowledge can be submitted during registration. RSTO has developed a program which covers the needs of any person wishing to know how to survive in swiftwater water environments. The course can be adapted to your specific audience, making it even easier for new instructors wanting to join this sector of the industry, or for those who seek a completely structured training course. Apply for the Fast Flowing Water Instructor Course and all successful applicants who pass the course will receive the following:

  • Instructor Certificate
  • Instructor wallet card
  • Training backpack
  • Fast Flowing Water Rescue Instructor manual
  • RSTO Powerpoint for Fast Flowing Water Rescue
  • RSTO Multimedia Assistant for Fast Flowing Water Rescue ( on a DVD )

Who can give this course:

  • Qualified instructors who have completed the Fast Flowing Water Rescue Instructor course
  • Instructors of other organisations who cross-over to RSTO

Course Specification

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Max Number of students: 12
  • Certificate: Yes
  • Student card: Yes

Who should attend:

  • Rescue workers
  • Adventure sports enthusiasts and clubs
  • Organisations and those who work on or near to rivers