Swiftwater Breathing Apparatus (SWBA®) Operator

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Swiftwater Breathing Apparatus Operator is a blended mode course to become approved operator of SWBA®.


  • Current swiftwater technician certification (recognized i.e. IPSQA, PUASAR002, DEFRA Module 3, NFPA etc), and;
  • Current certification to ISO 24801-1 or higher (supervised diver).

The above must be uploaded as part of this course and be able to be publicly verified.

Target Audience:

This 90-minute online course is aimed at those who completed swiftwater technician and basic SCUBA diver training to orientate them to the use of Swiftwater Breathing Apparatus (SWBA).

Students who only complete the online theory module and quiz (i.e. do not hold the co-requisites) are provided an e-SWBA certificate which can be used for professional development or continuing education purposes.

This course is mandatory prior to practically using SWBA for entities complying with the Good Practice Guide – Swiftwater Breathing Apparatus.

Country specific online learning modules on regulatory requirements are being developed and may be required to meet local regulatory requirements. Currently, we offer a module and examination specific to New Zealand. Upon successful completion of the respective examination, a certificate is issued for the module. Agencies in New Zealand should require completion of this examination in addition to SWBA® Specialist Certification. Country specific modules are open to all students enrolled into SWBA® online learning.

Course Content

This course covers the following:

  • SWBA Overview
  • SWBA Products
  • Good Practice Guide: SWBA
  • SWBA  Operating Guide

A digital certificate is issued upon completion of online learning, online examination, and verification of pre-requisite certifications.

Important Note: PSI SWBA Approved practical training is strongly recommended upon completion of this course. SWBA® is a protected trademark and is used under license. The content of this course is protected by copyright, except for content developed by third parties as credited.