L4 Swift Water Rescue (2 Days):
These courses cover the ACA’s full L4 SWR Curriculum including the Z Drag, Rescue Vest, Cinches, and scenarios with a dummy. There is an emphasis on preparation and prevention as well as hazard recognition and avoidance throughout the course since an accident that is prevented is better than a successful rescue. This course meets or exceed the 1006 standard set forth by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA 1006 Chapter 12 Levels 1 & 2). Class II-III paddling ability is required but no combat roll is required.
L3 Swift Water Rescue (1 Day):
These courses cover the ACA’s L3 SWR curriculum which focuses on the techniques most commonly used in river rescues. You can find the curriculum HERE.
L3 SWR Course Requirements:
* A reasonable level of comfort swimming Class II-III rapids
* Helmet and rescue pfd in good condition
* Appropriate clothing to be in the water for several hours continuously. Because of long periods in the water, SWR classes are much colder days on the river than a typical paddling day. This class will be on both dry land and in the water so layers that you can add / remove easily are a good idea.
Although not a course requirement, a first aid kit is recommended for anyone on the river.
You’ve executed the rescue but now have an injured patient to treat and possibly evacuate. Get the medical skills you need to help the injured HERE.